Saturday, December 7, 2013

Chicken and Rice Soup

 It’s 14 degrees here in Texas!!  Soup is in order for today!!  I love a good chicken and rice soup!!  I make this quite a bit especially when it’s cold outside! You can always switch out the rice for noodles, just prepare the noodles as per the package then add to soup.

I make the rice first in a separate pan, sometimes I use the bags of rice and other times I just cook some rice.  Then I add it to the soup, the longer it's in the soup the more tender it gets!

I use chicken base or  Knorr's chicken broth cubes (shown below) to add heartiness to the soup....
I didn't get a picture of the chicken boiling but all you do is add enough water to cover the chicken and cook until it's done!!  

Sauté'  onion, celery and carrots in pan then add garlic (whole)

This is what I use if I don't have chicken base (I get chicken base at Sam's Club)

I start out with the broth from the chicken I cook then I add can chicken broth
Hearty and delicious
 Chicken and Rice Soup

1 whole chicken or 3 chicken breast with bone (bone in gives more flavor)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped or sliced celery
1 cup chopped carrots
3 garlic cloves (add in soup whole then pull them out in the end)
1 or 2 cans chicken broth ( depending on how much broth you get from the chicken you cook)
3 bags of cooked rice  (3 cups of rice)
Chicken base (1 Tbsp.) or 1 Knorr's chicken bouillon
Lawry's Garlic Salt (green lid)
Black Pepper

Boil chicken till done about 20 to 30 minutes

In a stock pot melt 1 Tbsp of butter then add onions, celery and carrots, sauté until tender. Sprinkle some Lawry's Garlic Salt and black pepper and add broth from the chicken.
 Shred Chicken or chop it,  then add the chicken and cooked rice to the above.   Add Knorr's chicken bouillon or chicken base  along with Lawry’s garlic salt to taste. Let cook for about 30 minutes to  45 mins on med- high heat.  Add extra chicken broth as needed. 

The longer you cook the soup the softer the veggies and the more tender the rice.



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