One pot chicken wild rice soup is perfect for cold weather or gloomy days and full of creamy, delicious soul satisfying flavor.
I’m having a hard time writing blog posts this week if I’m being honest. The other night the largest mass shooting in modern United States history took place in Las Vegas, and suddenly, writing about food feels trivial. As stories flood in of the (currently) 59 lives that were lost, returning back to everyday life and to-do lists feels, somehow, inappropriate. Can anyone relate? It feels heavy because for me, my life carries on as is. My loved ones are safe, and my husband came home to me last night, while other’s didn’t. For thousands, life has drastically changed. For some, changed forever.
So today I don’t really want to go into a ton of detail about how much I love this soup, even though I really do. I want to talk about what it means to radically love others. I want to talk about Jesus, and how he can heal even the deepest of wounds. That may not be what you came here for today, and you can just scroll on down if you want, but this horrible tragedy has given me a painful reminder that life can end quickly and without warning. I want to share love and hope in a world that feels filled to the brim with fear, hate, and destruction, and to me, the Gospel IS love.
Blogging about food may feel trivial, but I firmly believe that providing food is anything but. Food can provide comfort, and warmth, and healing. It can be a hug in the form of a bowlful of one pot chicken wild rice soup. Maybe it’s asking someone you know is struggling out for a cup of coffee. Bringing over dinner to someone who lost a loved one. Offering cookies to a friend who had a bad day. Food can connect us and is a beautiful way to serve others.
I want to challenge myself to love more radically. Without fear of rejection or misunderstanding. That might mean inviting someone over for a bowl of soup. It might mean sharing my faith in hopes it brings you peace. Or maybe it’s just looking up from our phones and making eye contact and smiling. (Preaching to myself here folks.) It does means giving my time, money, prayers, and action to make change. I invite you to join me. What does radical love look like for you?
- 3 chicken breasts (or one rotisserie chicken)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 8 oz package of mushrooms sliced (I use crimini)
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 carrots sliced
- 4 celery stalks sliced
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 3 tbsp flour
- ½ cup half n half
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 8 cups chicken broth
- ½ cup dry white wine (I use pinot grigio)
- ½ tsp basil
- tsp oregano
- ½ tsp marjoram
- ¼ tsp crushed rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups wild rice
- Boil chicken in a large soup pot with a lid until chicken reaches 165°. Drain the water, shred the chicken, and place in the refrigerator for later. To save time you can shred a rotisserie chicken instead.
- Melt butter over medium heat in your large soup pot and add chopped mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for 10 minutes until veggies start to get soft.
- Stir in flour and coat your veggies as a base for your creamy soup.
- Pour in your ½ cup of half n half slowly mix it around with the veggies until it thickens.
- Pour in 2% milk one cup at a time, mixing slowly until it starts to thickens before adding each cup.
- Add chicken broth, wine, and all your spices.
- Add rice and your shredded chicken to the soup.
- Cover and let simmer on medium low heat for at least 30 minutes. If you can, wait an hour to let the flavor set in.