Quick Creamy Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Soup

After having a great week, I was sick for the weekend. Poor Red got this nasty a few days ago, took only one day off to rest, and has been working long hours ever since. He bounced back quick. I told him I wasn't getting sick, and that usually works out... Not this time. I spent Friday night and all day Saturday trying to sleep it off. Today, DH woke up with the nasty! I, on the other hand, am feeling better; still a bit weak but non the less better. I decided I could handle making chicken soup. It turned out with what I had on hand, to be a quick creamy chicken soup, good for the nasty and the soul!

Quick Creamy Chicken, Rice, and Vegetable Soup

2 chicken breast
1 1/2 - 2 quarts water
2 tbsp Knorr chicken bullion base
1/2 large onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tbsp parsley
1/2 10 oz pkg mixed veges
1 c cooked basmati rice
1 tbsp cooking sherry
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
salt pepper to taste
8 turns of pepper grinder

Put the chicken breast in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and mix in the Knorr chicken base. Add the onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Reduce to simmer and cook for about two hours or until chicken is done and broth is flavorful. Set heat to warm. Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Skim any visible fat from broth. De-bone the chicken and return to broth. Bring broth to a simmer, add frozen vegetables, sherry, and rice. Simmer for about fifteen minutes, allowing flavors to blend. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saute pan. Add flour and stir, making a thick paste. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add pepper. Continue to cook and stir until roux is thick and creamy. Slowly add mixture to simmering soup. Stir and simmer just a few minutes more.

I thought the soup was very good; definitely comforting. Not trusting of my or DH's taste buds, I asked Red to describe the soup. He said the consistency was just right; not heavy and thick, but light and creamy, yet still hearty. The combination of flavors was really good. The one criticism we all agreed upon, it could have used more salt.

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Eralda LT said…
You had me at "creamy chicken." This looks so comforting and delicious - perfect as a fall meal. Yummy!
Vodka Logic said…
That looks delicious. I have made standard chicken soup before but never creamy..yum
Oh hello yummy soup!! You are right about the Italian sausages - they are yummy and worked great in the ziti. Have a wonderful week!
Melissa said…
I hope you and DH recover quickly!

The soup looks good! I like creamy soups, but don't make them often because my DH isn't a big fan of them.
Pam said…
Your soup looks so yummy for fall!

Looks fabulous. This will get you all right back on your feet. Great get well dish!
Print Brochures said…
Yes I am. Looking at the photo makes me wish that it was real. It's really making me hungry right now. Maybe I should start moving and make one.Hehe. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Pblacksaw said…
that looks wonderful.. some fresh baked bread and I would have a great meal.. I have given you an award.. please come by my page and get it..
Reeni said…
There's just something about homemade soup that's such a cure-all. I never thought to use evaporated milk for creaminess - such a great idea. I hope your feeling better!
Ish said…
after seeing the picture... now I'm hungry...
Sara said…
I am looking for a good soup, I cant wait to try it~
Have a great day
Unknown said…
What is it with hot chicken soup that just seems to chase away the cold blues.

Your soup looks so delicious. I am not a cream soup person...I am more into clear broths but this recipe sound and looks very tempting..
I hope all of your family mends well :)
Angelia McGowan said…
This look so delicious! Great for a day when you feel under the weather!
Unknown said…
That looks real tasty, even though I'm a vegetarian...

Laila said…
Sounds delicious ..
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Miranda said…
There is nothing better then a big pot of homemade chicken soup. Very lovely.
I am getting in the mood for soup with yours and everyone else's blogs featuring soup right now. It is getting SO COLD up here in the Carolinas! Boo! Too cold for this former Northerner! I like it warm, but i do love some good soup. Time to go to Florida for a visit to warm back up! This looks heavenly! ~ Roz
Hey Kathy, I've found your button/badge to put on my blog. I have one too, if you want it. Take care! ~ Roz
omg, the soup looks sooooooooooo good! I am going to try to make this.
Naoko said…
I will definitely try this when I'm sick. This looks very delicious.

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