Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Lately we’ve been having some off days weather wise. Of course it is New England so I should expect anything. It’s also still spring, which is typically rainy. I get that rain is good but I’m ready for sunny days to stick around for a while. We seem to get bursts of nice weather and then the temps drop 20 or 30 degrees. These wet, colder than norm days have given me the opportunity to try out another slow cooker recipe. Because really, who wants to eat a hot soup dish on a warm sunny day unless you’re sick? I’ll take advantage of these days as much as I can, if at least to prepare for dreary days and the cold winter days that will eventually rear it’s ugly head once again. Okay, plenty of time before that happens but still… it’s good to plan. At least I think so.

One of these days I have every intention of making a full blown almost from scratch chicken noodle soup. I imagine a lot more will go into a soup like that. Much prep work and far more ingredients. This on the otherhand is remarkably easy and requires very few ingredients. Simple is good especially when the final product is tasty. This particular soup has a thicker than usual consistency. The thickness comes from the amount of rice which you can add more or less of. Spice it up more or leave it be. It’s so simple and delicious you really can’t go wrong with this quick fix… and walk away, dish.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 C water
  • 1 3/4 C chicken broth
  • 10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 C wild rice uncooked
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 C chicken cooked
  • 2 C baby spinach

Instructions

  • In a slow cooker, combine water, chicken broth, soup, uncooked wild rice, thyme and pepper. Stir with a large slotted spoon or whisk. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. 
  • Prior to the 4 or 8 hours, cook and cube chicken into bite size pieces. When you have 30 minutes remaining, carefully transfer chicken to slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Stir soup well. Cover and cook for the remaining 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, shred 2 cups of baby spinach. Just before serving, sprinkle spinach over soup and stir to combine. Serve warm.

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