Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


When gray and wet days arose in college I always headed to my favorite little café where I would get a cup of homemade soup. Sunday was one of those painfully dreary days that just begged for that hearty soup for dinner. I decided to make one of my favorites Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice, it was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Ingredients
½ cup butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, sliced
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice (I used two packages of Rice-A-Roni Wild Rice with Herb packet)
salt, pepper, parsley or other desired spices
2 cups half-and-half

Directions

1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Stir in the onion, celery and carrots; sauté for 7 minutes.
3.  Add flour and stir well.
4. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly.
5. Bring the soup just to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes, stirring continuously until thickened slightly.
6. Add chicken, rice and desired seasoning.
7. All the ingredients to heat through.
8. Pour in the half-and half.
9. Let the soup gently summer for about an hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The soup should not boil but should simmer over low heat so that it thickens slowly.

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