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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

An easy & healthy delicious Chicken Wild Rice soup that is low fat and packed with good for you ingredients. It's perfect for a chilly day and an easy way to put a healthy meal on the table.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 24 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in split chicken breasts
  • 4 bone-in chicken leg quarters
  • 8 carrots divided
  • 8 celery stalks divided
  • 2 onions divided
  • 16 ounces of mushrooms any variety chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic divided and minced
  • 1 cup wild rice or wild rice blend cooked according to package directions
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme tied together with kitchen twine.
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 quarts chicken stock homemade or commercial

Instructions

Homemade Stock

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake chicken on two rimmed baking sheets lined with aluminum foil for 45 minutes or until done. Cover and allow to cool to touch. Remove meat from bones and refrigerate.
  • Place bones in a 7 to 9-quart dutch oven or stock pot with 4 rough chopped carrots, 4 stalks of celery, 3 cloves of garlic, one onion quartered, thyme bundle and bay leaves. Simmer for two hours.
  • Pour stock through a colander into a large bowl.

Soup

  • In a 7 to 9-quart dutch oven or stock pot, cover bottom with a thin coating of vegetable oil.
  • Add 4 diced carrots, 4 diced celery stalks and 1 diced onion. Saute with chopped mushrooms until they just begin to soften. Add 3 cloves of minced garlic. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add stock, rice and meat. Simmer until hot.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator. Soup also freezes well.

Notes

If using commercial chicken stock, add fresh thyme and bay leaves to stock and allow to simmer before adding vegetables, rice and meat. Add enough to cover the other ingredients.  More will make a thinner soup but flavor will still be wonderful.  Less will make a thicker soup.  I recommend using at least 3 to 6 quarts.

Nutrition

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 70.4% | Vitamin C: 4.6% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 6.6%
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