Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This was supposed to be my last day at home before flying back to college this afternoon, but my flight back to Chicago got canceled party because of the snowstorm moving through the area, and partly because of record cold, bone-chilling temperatures. It’s so bad that the governor of Minnesota gave the entire state a snowday on Monday because it’s simply too cold to go outside. Proof in the form of an iPhone forecast?

Holy. Brr.

Holy. Brr.

Lucky me, I got my flight rescheduled for a little after 6 a.m. tomorrow. Can you say “brr” again? (I can.)

With temperatures this dangerously cold, it’s important to brace yourself for the outdoors if you have to venture out like I will. While I know you’ll definitely remember the winter coat, warm hat, thick mittens and fur-lined Uggs, there’s more to warmth than clothing.

That’s why you should make some steamy chicken wild rice soup! I’m quite the wild rice soup connoisseur, having grown up near Minnesota, where wild rice soup is a religion, so I can be a bit judgmental when it comes to my favorite soup. It has to be creamy, thick and flavorful, and if you ask me, this easy recipe covers all those bases.

Too bad a thermos of this stuff for tomorrow would probably violate the whole 3-ounces-of-liquid thing they’ve got going in airports.

Ingredients

2 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 box of long grain and wild rice (we used Rice-a-Roni)
1 1/2 cup cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
1/2 carrot, shredded
Cornstarch and water, as needed to thicken

Directions

1. Combine chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, milk, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

Photo by Megan Suckut

Photo by Megan Suckut

2. Open the box of rice, toss the seasoning packet, and cook according to package directions with as much water as the directions specify.

3. Add shredded carrot and any necessary amount of a cornstarch-water mixture to thicken the soup. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Photo by Megan Suckut

Photo by Megan Suckut

4. Add rice when it is done cooking, as well as the cooked chicken, and simmer for a few more minutes before serving.

Photo by Megan Suckut

Photo by Megan Suckut

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