Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

2 T. butter
2 T. olive oil
1 C. onion, diced
4 ribs celery, chopped
4 large carrots, peeled and cubed
6 C. good quality chicken broth
3/4 lbs. chicken breasts, cubed
1 – 6 ounce box Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice
1 1/2 C half and half (I used fat free)
1/3 C. all purpose flour
plenty of salt and pepper

In large pot, heat butter and olive oil. Sautee onions, celery, and carrots on medium low heat for 10 min to soften. Season veggies with salt and pepper. Pour in chicken broth and cubed RAW chicken. Raise temperature to medium high heat to poach chicken in cooking liquid. Once chicken has cooked and become opaque, pour in rice and seasoning packet that came with the rice. Cover and reduce heat to simmer lightly for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. In small bowl, whisk cold half and half with flour until smooth. Pour into soup pot and reduce heat completely to low. Cook 10 minutes or until rice is softened completely and soup has thickened slightly. Taste and season accordingly. Serve hot.

I tried this soup out and it was a hit with the whole family!! Try it and tell us what you think.

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