My daughter has an assignment every week where she has to write a letter to a family member, and then the selected family member writes back.

Last week, my daughter’s letter asked my what my favorite food is. That’s always a tough question. I’d probably have an easier time answering the old “where do babies come from?” question.

It took me awhile to come up with something, so I said that it depends on my mood, but for now it’s Chicken Wild Rice Soup.

But not just any, it has to be mine. Seriously. I actually came up with this recipe (Ok, so the term “recipe” is used loosely, since most recipes have exact measurements.) One day when I really wanted to make some soup and was apparently a little too lazy to find an actual recipe. So, if you’re feeling brave, here’s my “recipe.”



Laura's Chicken Wild Rice Soup


I really like white and wild rice together for this soup, so there's more in it, but not so wild-ricey.

2-3 cups white/wild rice (cooked)

2 cups cooked, cut up chicken breast

1 cup celery

1 cup carrots

1/4 cup chopped onion (I just use the dehydrated stuff because I hate real onions. Sorry, dislike.)

3 to 4 cups chicken broth (depending on how thick/thin you like your soup.

1/2 cup flour

2 cups half and half

spices: (I would say about a tsp for each, but you may want to use more or less--it's all to taste. Some days I add more if it seems too bland)



garlic powder

poultry seasoning

season pepper




1. In a skillet, cook chicken in about 1 tsp EVOO.

2. Cook wild rice/white rice (save the water)

3. In a large pot, cook carrots, celery and onion in butter until soft. Add the flour and mix well. Add the 4 cups of chicken broth, rice with water, chicken, and spices. Bring to a boil. Add the half and half, bring that to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes.

I usually taste it when it starts to simmer to make sure it's ok. If it needs more flavor I add a little more spices, if it's too peppery or spicy I add more water.

It's that time of year when soup sounds so perfect for the sunny but slightly chilly day!

If you're looking for the perfect dipping compliment to the soup I'll try and remember my popover recipe and post that for you too!