There has been a terrible virus going around our area. It seems to start with a sore throat and progress to a thick chest cough, laryngitis and high fever. I guess the average length of this doozy is four days.
I shouldn’t write “I guess”. I know this sucker lasts a good four days because our little Chloe (aka Cocobean) came down with it. Her fever lasted a good three days and she wouldn’t eat or even drink for two of those. I got a bit more than a little worried. As soon as her fever broke, she presented with red spots on her arm. We confirmed with a Doctor that it was a residual symptom of this virus and that we had come through the worst of it. Madison had a less severe version of it the week before and a few neighbours have been complaining of sore throats as well – so it seems highly contagious.
The reason I bring all this up? As a long-winded intro to this hearty chicken & rice soup recipe.
Nothing beats chicken soup when you’re feeling crappy right?
Broth when you’re in the throes of it, and a heartier version once you’re past the worst.
The best part of this is that it is a slow cooker / crock pot recipe – so you can throw the ingredients together early, tend to your babies and still have a nourishing lunch or dinner for them later on.
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 large chicken breasts (boneless skinless)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 carrots (chopped)
- salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tbsp montreal chicken spice
- 3/4 cups long grain rice
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 can corn niblets (drained)
Add all of the ingredients up to the rice into a crock pot. Leave the chicken breasts whole, we’ll shred them later.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
At about the 5 hour point, pull out your chicken breasts and chop or shred them, then return them to the cooker. Add in your rice.
One hour before you’re ready to eat, mix your flour and milk together and add them to the crock pot. Add your corn niblets and let the soup continue cooking until it has thickened.
Serve with fresh bread and a hug for your sickie.
I add an additional tsp of Chicken Bisto to mine – just to give it a more “gravy” taste. Hubby adds extra Montreal Chicken Spice to his for a bit of zip.
Even if you’re not sick – this is a pretty scrumptious soup… think after sledding or building a snowman maybe? Or maybe just because it’s a Friday – that’s excuse enough.
Have a great one!