Chicken Soup feeds the soul as well as your whole family 🙂
A recipe I have been making for over 14 years and it is still one of my favorites.
GASP – 14 years?
OK, I’m back. I needed a minute. I had a flashback of making this soup when I was pregnant with my 13 year old.
How. Is. It. Possible?
OK, I’m back from my second meltdown….. Moving on.
The recipe: Total time 20-45 minutes…..
2 TB olive Oil
1 small onion, diced
1 cup shredded carrots
8-10 cups chicken broth
1 Rotisserie Chicken – COOKED (I grab one from Publix or Walmart in a plain flavor, Lemon Pepper or Mojo works good, BBQ not so much)
1 box Wild Rice Mix WITH seasoning packet – Fast Cook Version* if you can find it, otherwise the regular will do
1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
Directions – Pour the Olive Oil into a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and carrots until the onions are translucent. Add in the 8 cups chicken broth, if you want to add two more cups feel free.
While your waiting for the broth to boil, pull chicken from bones and shred into the broth. I usually get my hands all in it, kinda mashing and shredding the chicken. I USE ALL THE MEAT. WHITE AND DARK! To me, it adds to the flavor of the soup.
Once all the meat is all shredded and added to the broth mixture, and you have a nice boil going add in the seasoning packet. Let that boil for a couple minutes while you stir to make sure it’s all incorporated and doesn’t clump up. Add in the rice and reduce temp after it comes back up to a boil.
At this point, follow the cooking directions on the rice box. If you were able to find the Fast Cook version – YAY – cover & cook for 5 minutes. Otherwise follow the instructions, typically cover and cook for 20 minutes. Not earth shattering but we are LIMITED on TIME HERE!!!! Must be QUICK to be “the quickest”!!
Last step is to add the can of cream of chicken soup and stir occasionally as it simmers for another 5 min or so. You want to make sure it mixes in completely and doesn’t hang out in globs, clumps, chunks, ok you get the drift.
Stand back and observe the amazing goodness you just prepared…… Ah, so good!
Top it with some hot sauce if you like and maybe a cracker or slice of sourdough bread and savor the yumminess!
You’re welcome 😉
PS: Perfect Freezer meal once you let it cool enough. AND……. This recipe feeds my family of 7 with some leftover. Score.
Sidebar: We live a “stone’s throw” from some of the most beautiful beaches in the US – in my opinion – and we just don’t get out there very much, I’m sad to say.
Anyways, we went took the boat and some of the kids to the beach recently just for the afternoon. It was a gorgeous day! We really had a great time. I noticed my 14 yr old had been sitting in the softer sand for a while. Letting him do his thing, I just keep an eye on him. Eventually he got up and moved on to chasing a bird or something like that… boys will be boys.
I walked over to see what had held his concentration for such a long time and found this.
What I found absolutely melted me.
My 14 yr old, sometimes self absorbed, typical teenage son had been methodically carving a perfect heart in the sand.
What did this say to me? His heart is full of love.
Our hearts should be filled with love. We should give love without reservation. In return we will receive love.
I recently came across all these amazing pictures from our wedding in 2014. It was a perfect day in so many ways…. the weather on the other hand was less than perfect. Torrential downpours. ALL. DAY. LONG.
We dreamed of an outdoor wedding with the sun setting behind us. Umm yeah, not gonna happen right?
About 45 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin the rain stopped! Can you believe it?!
Our dream came true! We were about to marry each other on the water at sunset with our children, families and friends as witnesses.
I could really go on and on about this next statement: Our DREAMS came true in so many different ways! We were and continue to be undoubtedly blessed. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.