This is one of the best homemade soups I’ve had to date (May 6, 2015). My husband would quickly second that as will you (I hope) after you’ve downed a bowl or two of this creamy chicken and rice soup. It’s so good we ate it outside on our patio in the 70 degree weather. Unheard of!
It’s filling. It’s creamy (without cream). It’s savory. It smells like Thanksgiving. It’s hearty and it’s full of whole grains and protein. Yes, there is some butter. But if you’ve ever watched Julia Child, Ina Garten, Paula Dean, Bobby Flay or even Giada for goodness sakes, they all love them some butter. And now I see why.
CONFESSION: Every time I go to take pictures for a post I end up eating one of my food props. Whether it be a muffin in the background, a piece of fruit on a cutting board or now I’m ashamed to say, an entire bowl of soup. For this recipe I set up my shot, took one picture and promptly put the camera down and devoured a bowl of this soup. Food blogging makes you hungry! Also I’m pregnant so…I’m playing that card.
I’m glad I made this creamy chicken and rice soup recipe because it taught me how to do something I’ve been failing at recently and that is cooking the perfect brown rice. Well, I’m happy to say I’ve mastered it and the whole process is completely counter intuitive to every rice cooking directions I’ve ever used, but it produced the fluffiest, softest, prettiest brown rice yet. Anyone else struggle with rice?? Bueller? Bueller?
I am so very much looking forward to summer, but there are definitely summer days where I just wish it would quit being so nice out and rain a little. When those days come, this creamy chicken and rice soup will be made. Curl up with a blanket, put on a movie, shut the blinds and enjoy some much needed comfort soup time. Shut your eyes and picture fall pumpkins, family dinners, red and orange leaves and a cool breeze.
Then get out in the sun tomorrow!
What to Bring to the Store
Here’s what you’ll need to bring to the store to reduce your packaging waste:
- 2-3 reusable produce bags for the carrot, onion and celery
- 1-2 reusable bulk bags for the rice and/or flour
- 1-2 reusable bulk spice bags for spices you might be missing
And always bring your reusable grocery bag!
Waste Meter – 4!
This creamy chicken and rice soup recipe gets a 4 out of 5 on the waste meter! If you did your best with using the reusables I mentioned above, then here’s what you’ll need to do with the rest of your packaging:
Recycle: Chicken Broth Carton and Milk Carton
Compost: Veggie Scraps (Onion Skins, Celery/Carrot Ends)
Trash: Butter Wrapping
Save your leftovers for lunch or next day’s dinner!
- 2 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup diced carrots (2 medium)
- 1 cup diced celery (3-4 stalks)
- 6 tbsp butter, cubed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp italian herb blend (or 1/4 tsp each dried oregano and dried thyme)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other milk)
- Cook rice accordingly.
- Meanwhile, in a separate large pot, melt 1 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and saute until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
- Add chicken broth, rosemary, italian seasoning, salt and black pepper (more to taste). Increase heat to medium-high, add chicken and bring mixture to a boil. Cover pot with lid and allow mixture to boil 12 - 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove chicken and set aside on cutting board to cool 5 minutes then shred into small bite size pieces. Meanwhile reduce heat to low and add cooked rice. Add shredded chicken to soup.
- In a separate small saucepan, melt remaining 5 tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook 1 1/2 minutes, whisking constantly. Then, while whisking vigorously, slowly add the milk. Cook mixture, stirring often until it thickens.
- Add milk mixture to the soup, stir and cook about 5 minutes longer, or until soup is thickened. Serve with bread.