Warming the soul… Minnesota style

A few weeks back I wanted to surprise my team with lunch to honor all of the hard work they have been doing. In a somewhat sly fashion, I determined that the only soup that all of my team members enjoy is Chicken Wild Rice. Of course, this is one that I have never made before but thought is appropriate for the chilly weather we have been experiencing.

With that in mind I dove into a million recipes on the internet, and drew from the front-runners to make up this batch.

Here’s what you need:
– 2 rotisserie chickens (I used Target’s Savory seasoned)
– 12-16 cups of water
– 5 large carrots; peeled, trimmed and cut into bite size chunks
– 3 stalks of celery; trimmed and cut into bite size chunks
– 1 tablespoon of black peppercorns
– 3 bay leaves
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 1 whole yellow onion; chopped
– 1 cup uncooked wild rice
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 1 cup greek yogurt
– 4 tablespoons cornstarch
– 4 teaspoons thyme
– 1/2 teaspoon salt (more or less for taste)
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (more or less for taste)
Note: This was enough for 5 people at work and leftovers at home– easy to 1/2 the recipe

Prep chicken by pulling the meat from the carcass; put the bones, skine and meat and any juices from the container into a pot. Cut all of the meat and set aside for later use.

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Add water, celery, carrots, peppercorns and bay leaves to the pot. Bring the contents to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover the pan and allow the broth to simmer for at least one hour.

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After an hour has passed, pour the broth through a strainer and into a large pot. Discard all the remnants.

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Add melted butter into the now empty pot and add chopped onion. Allow this to cook until the onion is tender but not to the point of browning.

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Then add the broth and wild rice. Bring the pot to a simmer and cover. Allowing the broth to simmer for about 45 minutes or until the rice is tender.

In a separate bowl, whisky heavy cream, greek yogurt and cornstarch. Ensure that the three ingredients mix into a smooth consistency. Slowly incorporate the mixture to the larger pot. Stir the soup until it thickens and return the contents to a simmer.

Next up, add the thyme, salt, pepper and chicken. Ensure that the chicken is heated through and serve with a loaf of crusty bread (yes, that’s a technical term).

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Cheers!

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