|Chicken and Rice Soup|
Bring mixture to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. I discarded the chicken bones and then strained the liquid. The result was a nice rich broth. It looked and smelled rich. Before you add the strained broth to the other ingredients, you need to cook some carrots, leeks and rice in some olive oil. I used Arborio rice. In Cook's Country, they stated that short-grain rice holds its shape better. By cooking the rice a few minutes before adding it to the chicken stock causes the starches on the outside of the rice to firm up. This way, the grains won't blow out. To the broth, you add the carrots, leeks, and rice. Cook until the rice is tender. Then you add your chicken, and peas and cook until they are heated through. Stir in the parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.
This soup is soo delicious:) Everyone in the family enjoyed it. The broth had a full bodied flavor that made this soup extra delicious. It was a hearty dish with lots of chicken and veggies. And speaking of chicken, the chicken was moist, tender, and flavorful. Arborio rice was perfect to use. I will be making this soup again. It is on my list of quick and delicious soups.
Chicken and Rice Soup
From Cook's Country Magazine
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 leek, white and light green parts halved lengthwise, sliced thin cross-wise, and washed thoroughly; dark green part chopped coarse and washed thoroughly
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 (2 1/2-pound) rotisserie chicken, skin and bones reserved for stock, meat shredded into bite-size pieces (3 cups)
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 carrots, peeled, quartered length-wise, and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup short-grain white rice
Salt and pepper
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion, dark green leek part, and celery and cook until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chicken skin and bones, broth, water, thyme, and bay leaves and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, loosely covered, for 30 minutes.