Easy chicken & rice stew

A very fitting post for today, could not have planned it better myself, kudos to you Blizzard Nemo. All hail being snowed in! bring on movies in bed and putting around the house.

I have an addiction to chicken and rice soup, but not just any.. Whole Foods Market chicken and rice soup. I've been determined to recreate their recipe. So here you go my little hens, not as good, but pretty darn close.. and I'm not the best organic supermarket in the country. 

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium carrots, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 celery ribs, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 quarts chicken stock or broth (8 cups for you of those who can never remember what a quart equals)*
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup long grain wild rice
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • What to do:

    Place a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf. Saute for about 6 minutes, until the veggies are softened but not browned, I'm serious- be careful, if the garlic burns it will taste terribly bitter. Pour in the chicken broth and water- bring to a boil. Add in the rice and chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-low until the rice is tender-about 75 minutes. I decided to let this bad boy simmer on lower heat at a longer temp, this gives the rice ample time to cook and for all the ingredients get to know each other well.

    Beware, this will make your house smell amazing but taste even better.. seconds or thirds are almost a must.

    (*I used a the meat from a roast chicken I cooked a few days ago, which the stock came from as well- recipe of both to follow.) 

    This recipe was roughly based off from Two Peas & Their Pod.


    1. This sounds so yummy! I'd love to give this a go :)


    2. Kelly, it's crazy delicious, it freezes well.. it can do no wrong :)


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