I received this text this morning from my daughter, Charity—
Hey, Mom, we all got sick last night and were wondering if you could go to the store for us.
When my daughter says all, she is talking about a lot of people. You see, she has six children, age 10 and under. The flu at her house is serious business especially when she has it, too. So, I did what any mama/grandma would do. I brought her requested items of chicken soup, saltine crackers, and ginger ale to her front door, peeked in, hugged the one non-sick child, and said a quick prayer for their recovery on my way back to my car. Oh, man, it’s gonna be a long day over there.
I wish I had been more prepared. It would have been much more comforting to have some homemade chicken soup to take, but I didn’t have what I needed so I bought the canned instead. Now that I’m back home, I have come up with a Chicken and Rice Soup that can quickly be cooked up on the stove-top or in the crockpot. I have included directions for freezing as well. That way, when you or someone you love comes down sick, in a very short time you can have some comfort simmering away.
Chicken and Rice Soup
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon dried sage
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 8.5 ounce pouch shelf-stable rice or rice-mixture of your choice or 1 ½ cooked rice.
- Add all ingredients except rice into a 6-quart crock pot then cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken breasts are cooked through. If using stove-top, simmer everything except rice until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken and shred. Stir back into soup along with rice.
Dump all ingredients except chicken broth and rice into 1 gallon freezer bag, close, label and freeze. To cook follow directions above adding 2 hours to your cooking time.
This soup can be easily transformed into what you crave or adjusted to what you have in your pantry. Experiment and let me know how it turns out.