One of my favorite things about cooler temps has nothing to do with cozy sweaters or warm boots and has everything to do with food. I love that as the weather cools I can enjoy more homemade soups. This is definitely a comfort food for me – it warms and fills my belly simultaneously and takes the nip out of the air.
This week as I was deciding what to make for dinner, I decided to try something new for dinner as opposed to just plain chicken and rice. It occurred to me that maybe chicken and rice soup might turn out good. I'm glad I tried my experiment because it was a success. My mom as at my house that night to to give me my progesterone shot and she loved it so much she ate it for dinner and then again for breakfast the next morning.
Chicken and Rice Soup
Yield 6 servings
- 1 c. uncooked fast cooking white rice
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 c. chicken broth
- 2 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 3 c. milk
- 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
- 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
- 1/4 c. parsley
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Lightly spray skillet and saute chicken breasts until juices run clear. Lightly seasons chicken with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Cook rice in microwave according to directions.
- Heat a large stockpot over medium heat. Lightly spray pan with cooking spray. Add onion and saute until translucent; add garlic and saute for another minute.
- Add carrots and celery to onion mix and cook until tender.
- Pour chicken broth over veggie mix.
- Next, add potatoes to pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer until potatoes are tender.
- Whisk together milk and flour until smooth.
- Add flour mix to pot and cook for 5 minutes or until thickening, while stirring constantly.
- Add cheese and continue stirring until cheese melts.
- Stir in prepared rice, chicken, and parsley.
Are you a fan of chicken and rice soup? What's your favorite soup recipe?