Chicken, Bacon and Wild Rice Soup

Originally posted 2016-04-21 12:00:40.

This is another staple at our house, especially in the winter. The first time I made it, it came out quite thick, almost like oatmeal haha but everyone loved it so I really never went ahead to see if I could make it less thick! If you try the recipe out, hopefully yours will be more soupy! Either that or you’ll love it regardless like we do!

Original link: Chicken, Bacon and Wild Rice Soup

  • 3 (10¾ oz) cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions
  • ½ cup margarine or butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1½ cup cubed or shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

Now the original recipe calls for pimentos and some dry sherry, but that’s getting a little to fancy for my cupboards lol So I skipped both! In a large pot, pour your water, chicken broth and rice. Bring that to a boil, reduce and allow to simmer until the rice it cooked. While that is simmering away, in a medium pot melt your butter, add the flour, poultry seasoning, salt & pepper and mix until it’s creamy. Takes a minute or so to make it all smooth, but be careful! It’s very easy to burn this part, and then it doesn’t taste very good in the soup haha

Mix the cream into the pot with the flour/butter mix slowly, stir constantly until it’s thick – this also burns very quickly and easily and will ruin the soup, so be careful on this step as well, I would even shut the burner off once you see it starting to get thick so it doesn’t get too hot!

Pour the thickened cream mix into the pot with the rice and then add the chicken and bacon. The original recipe says that the soup is best after simmering for a while, like a couple hours, but I never have that much time! We generally eat it right away and it’s still amazing! There are never any leftovers! I know it’s getting warm out now, but if your weather is going to hit a cold snap anytime soon, that would be a perfect time to give this a try!