“Sipping Chicken Soup with Rice”

Chicken Soup January

In January it’s so nice, 

While slipping on the sliding ice,

To sip hot chicken soup with rice.

Sipping once,

sipping twice, 

Sipping chicken soup with rice.
                                        -Maurice Sendak

Make this soup and chant this poem while you enjoy.   Every month, my son’s first grade class acts out the poems from this very fun book, Chicken Soup with Rice  A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak.   The first time I made this recipe, his 6 year old best friend came over for dinner and we sang this poem as we ate.  Our guest was so polite he told me that he loved mushrooms but I later found out from his mom that he actually wasn’t very fond of them but didn’t want to seem impolite.   With manners like that, he is assured an invitation to dinner any time he wants.

With or without mushrooms, this is a really good recipe.  Don’t leave out the vermouth!  It’s a great weeknight meal but could easily be dressed up for a more elegant affair.  Chanting in a formal dining room though might scare your guests.

-Andra

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Chicken and wild rice soup 

3 tablespoons of butter

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1/3 cup flour

6 cups low sodium chicken broth

6 ounces of baby bella mushrooms, cut into 1/4 inch slices

4 cups cooked wild rice

1 1/2 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts, roasted and then shredded

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons of vermouth

1- 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Melt butter in the bottom of a large heavy dutch oven.  Add the onion and celery and cook until translucent.  Add the flour and stir to coat.  Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and cream.  Add the rice, chicken and mushrooms salt and pepper and vermouth and cook over medium heat until the soup has thickened slightly, 20 minutes or so,  but do not boil. Check for seasoning and serve.

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