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Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

This creamy chicken rice soup is hearty and flavorful. Delicious any time of year but perfect on a chilly winter night!

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This soup is so perfect for the cooler weather outside. And it really couldn’t be any easier to prepare. The stock that I used for this soup was sent to me by More Than Gourmet. They asked me to review some of their products. I spent some time browsing their website before I agreed, because I wanted to make sure it was something that I would want to use and also want to give away. I was very interested in their products after doing some research so I happily agreed!

Some information about More Than Gourmet:

  • Their products have no chemicals, no preservatives, no MSG, no artificial colors or flavors, and no fillers. No “Ham Flavor” here, folks!
  • Products include: French Demi-Glace, French Veal Demi-Glace, Reduced Veal Stock, Reduced Brown Stock, Venison Stock, Roasted Lamb Stock, Roasted Chicken Demi-Glace, Roasted Chicken Stock, Chicken Stock, Roasted Turkey Stock, Roasted Duck and Chicken Stock, Duck Fat (Rendered), Seafood Stock, Fish Stock, Roasted Vegetable Demi-Glace (Vegan), Vegetable Stock (Vegan), and Mushroom Essence (Vegan).
  • All are gluten-free except French Demi-Glace and French Veal Demi-Glace.
  • All are low-fat except the Duck Fat (weird, the duck fat isn’t low in fat?).
  • They also have ready to use cooking stocks and foundation sauces.

If you’re interested in purchasing their products, they can be found in some stores, but you can also buy directly from their website. Or you can enter to win my giveaway. Details coming!

My Take:

  • I love the size of these! The ready to use stocks are great, but these small packages take up so little room in my pantry. All you need to do is add water.
  • I love that there are no chemicals or preservatives or other nasty stuff in these. Now that I’m feeding a kiddo, that kind of stuff is even more important to me.
  • Taste? So far so good. Haven’t met one that I don’t like yet.
  • I also tried this sauce recipe with the Demi-Glace (added mushrooms, only used 2T butter instead of 5), and it was delicious over our steaks.

As I mentioned, I made soup with the Classic Roasted Chicken Stock. Or for you fancy-pants: Glace de Poulet Gold. Here’s the list of ingredients for the label readers: Chicken Stock, Roasted Chicken Stock, Mirepoix Stock (made of carrot, celery and onion stocks), Dried Chicken Stock, Salt, Gelatin, Water, White Wine. Nutrition info states 20 calories per serving, 0g fat, 4g protein, and 310mg sodium. Of course, the rest of my soup changed those stats. But whatever. Don’t worry about that, just make the soup.

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

This creamy chicken rice soup is hearty and flavorful. Delicious any time of year but perfect on a chilly winter night!

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken stock (I used the Classic Roasted Chicken Stock, reconstituted with four cups of water)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 package Long Grain Wild Rice Rice-a-Roni or Near East Brand (WITH seasoning packet)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2-4 cups cooked, shredded chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer)

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat about 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Throw in the carrots, celery, and onion and sauté until slightly softened and onions begin to look transparent.
  2. Add in reconstituted broth, water, rice, and the seasoning packet that is included with the rice. Stir and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 30 minutes (or whatever is recommended on the package of rice).
  3. In a separate small pan, melt your butter. Stir in flour and salt and pepper. (I didn’t add any salt at this stage because I knew the seasoning packet for the rice probably had plenty of salt in it.) Slowly add the milk, whisking to eliminate clumps. Stir this mixture into the rice and vegetable mixture.
  4. Add your cooked chicken and cook until heated through (10-15 minutes).

adapted from Taste and Tell (She did a slow cooker version!)

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Verdict of soup: So tasty. Filling, hearty and delicious. I was skeptical of the wild rice seasoning packet but it really added a terrific flavor to this soup. (Or maybe I should call it stew in our case…it was thick and jammed full of chicken.)
Husband’s take: LOVED IT. Let me begin by saying that I think he gets a little scared every time I say we’re having soup for dinner. Soup? For dinner? I’m sure he wants to say, “And then what else?” That’s why every time I make soup, I make sure to add TONS of meat and veggies and go light on the broth. If it’s more stew-ish, he’s less likely to complain. Okay, he never really complains when I’m cooking. But I can tell when he’s happy…and when he’s still hungry (=not happy). I’m not even kidding you–my version of this soup probably had 4-5 pounds of chicken in it. I don’t remember for sure, but I used a family pack of boneless thighs. Usually I ask my hubs if he’d want to see something appear again for dinner, and he actually beat me to the punch this time, making it clear that he would love to eat this again.
1-year-old daughter’s take: She chowed it down! Are you sensing a trend with my daughter? She eats ev.ry.thing. I’m so lucky. I’m sure it will change as she gets older.
Changes I would make: None! I meant to throw in some peas at the end, but I forgot. So maybe I would do that next time.
Difficulty: Easy!

 

Disclosure: I was sent free products to review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own. I was not compensated for this post other than the free products.

   
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83 Responses to “Creamy Chicken Rice Soup”

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    I can’t wait to try these!So many uses in my kitchen!:)

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    L-O-V-E chicken and rice soup. Will you pour this down my throat via funnel? Please and thank you.

  21. Lauren — October 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

    That’s a cute little dish for your soup! Love it!

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    I would LOVE to try the chicken stock! Chicken stock is called for so often and this seems like it would add a perfect flavor to any recipe!

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    I would make a hearty beef stew with the classic demi glace.

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    Soups are a fall staple for me. I can’t get enough of them!

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    I would like to try it with beef stroganoff

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  38. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    What a great soup!! I love chicken and wild rice soup. I have a great recipe that I like, and that is the first thing I would try with chicken stock.

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  41. suzanne — October 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I would love to try the roasted chicken stock in my chicken and dumplings recipe. I think it would make the broth so much richer.

  42. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — October 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yummy looking soup! The weather is about to change drastically and this would be the perfect thing to keep us warm. I love how these are packaged. Very cool!

  43. Cassie//Bake Your Day — October 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This sounds delicious and hearty. I love soups, I’ve been practically living on them lately. I love the flavors in this one!

  44. Leslie Means @ Her View From Home — October 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    So I would use it – to make that soup! That looks so good! I’m impressed your 1 year old will eat soup!

    • Rachel — October 25th, 2011 @ 8:36 am

      It was really thick–not much broth, and I mostly just gave her the solids (rice, veggies, chicken). But she really does eat most anything! It’s great!

  45. Autumn@Good Eats Girl — October 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! I love a good soup recipe…especially one that my husband will eat. Now I can make this and if he complains, I’m totally telling him that your husband liked it!

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  47. Deborah — October 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I love that you made this on the stove top. Perfect for any night. Now I want some!! :)

  48. jessica w. — October 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

    its ironic that you ask what we would use this for. I have been on the search for a copy cat recipe of cream of chicken and wild rice. I am in love with Panera’s so I would probably try your version!

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    I would love to use the stock to make chicken and dumplings.

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  78. Nicole Brusich — October 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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