Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with Bacon

January 29, 2014 · 8 comments

in chicken/poultry,rice and grains,soups and stews

There are a lot of bad things about moving this time of year. You know, like getting acclimated to a new commute that involves walking over a mile each way in -30 temps. Or not having chosen a new pediatrician during the height of sick season. But one good thing is it’s the perfect time for soups and stews that can be made ahead on the weekend and then reheated on a busy weeknight.

The last couple of Sundays I’ve made soups to reheat on Monday nights. If you make them at the same time you’re making Sunday dinner (which is easy to do if Sunday dinner is something like a casserole, roast, or similar that has some hands-off cooking time), it’s almost like getting a free homecooked meal the next day.

I’m not sure why, but I’ve  never made a creamy chicken soup at home, although it’s always been my intention. Tom is always talking about how much he loves wild rice and how we never eat it, so I decided to go that route rather than noodles or white rice, but obviously you can change up the starch any way you see fit (keep in mind, though, that the rice to liquid ratio for wild rice is higher than most starches, so you will want to decrease the broth/cream a bit). I had planned on making this soup with mushrooms, but I forgot to put them on the grocery list (story of my life these days – I forget at least one thing a day). No matter, because it turned out great without them, but of course if you want to add them, please do! Bottom line – this soup is really adaptable to your tastes and what you have on hand. It’s creamy, comforting, and hearty, and I’m sure it will be making a reappearance during this absolutely ridiculous winter. Can you believe it’s only January?! Sigh…

 

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Laura January 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm

This looks absolutely delicious. Bought a couple of bags of wild rice last time I was at Trader Joe’s – so this is definitely going on the menu soon!

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Laura February 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

Made this for dinner last night – and just had to come back and report that we all loved it! The wild rice adds such a depth of flavor that regular rice just can’t attain. Will definitely be making this one again!.

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elly February 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

So glad you all loved it, Laura!

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Joanne January 30, 2014 at 5:33 am

Such a big bowl of comfort!! If I had to walk a mile every day in -30, I would need a big bowl of this promised to me at the end of it!

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Courtney February 5, 2014 at 11:23 am

Yes, yes, yes to everything about this soup. It’s weirdly warm here today but is supposed to be cold enough for snow again in a few days. I think a snowy day will be the perfect day to have this for dinner.

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Angie February 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

I made this last week and had to gobble up the leftovers in secret. This was awesome, Elly.

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elly February 11, 2014 at 7:43 am

Yay! Glad you liked it.

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