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Summer Soup With Chicken

I’m late to the table with some vegetables (like Bok Choy and Kale). My Farmer, Danelle, has quietly been the Veggie Pusher for a few seasons now.

I bought some Bok Choy a few days ago, thinking I would stir fry it. But I wasn’t in the mood. I wanted some calming soup! My recipe is a combination of a few I found on the internet coupled with my own pantry items 🙂

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Summer Soup with Chicken

1 Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2-4 Carrots, diced
2-3 Potatoes, peeled and diced
Salt & Pepper
4-6 Bok Choy stems, sliced and diced. Reserve leafy top and chop. Set Aside.
  1. Saute in a mixture of bacon grease, butter and Olive Oil (my holy trinity)
  2. Add 4 teaspoons Better Than Broth and 4 cups water OR Stock
  3. Let cook at medium-low until veggies are soft.
  4. Mix with a Boat Motor if you like it smooth. I like it half smooth and half chunkey.
  5. I then added 3 diced chicken tenders and cooked until chicken was cooked thru.
  6. Add the Bok Choy tops and cook a bit longer until they are wilted.
Serve with Crackers. Maybe a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese.
sautee veggies

Chicken Stock in a Vingage Pot

Let’s Face it, you need a BigArse Pot for making Chicken Stock!

Last night, I found some Bare Chicken on sale at Hy-Vee for $4. FOUR DOLLARS A CHICKEN!!! That is unheard of. The tricky part was those wonderful Organic, sort of Local Chickens “expired” tomorrow, so I had to either freeze them or cook them. I figured as long as I was cooking one of them, I’d cook both.

Veggies for Chicken StockChickens Before RoastingOXO ThermometerI’ve learned (the hard way) to always use a thermometer and/or a timer when cooking. I love my OXO digital thermometer. Vintage Pot with Copper LidI am using this extra large pot I got from Dan’s Grandmother’s kitchen after she passed away a few months ago. It is quite large and has a copper top. I didn’t have a pot large enough for 2 chickens until now!

What's In the potBubbling Chicken Stock

Chicken & Rice….The New Way

We’ve all had the Chicken and Rice Bake that uses Cans and Cans of Cream of Whatev Soup and envelopes of Dried Onion Salt Dust that bakes for hours and tastes LIKE HEAVEN! This is kinda like that only different. Chicken and Rice…..The New Way…..uses no cans or envelopes and didn’t even take that long to whip up!

One plus with this recipe is I used only ONE DISH! This time, I used the new pot my brother surprised me with for my Birthday. It’s a really really BIG Cuisinart Enameled Cast Iron Pot in my favorite color…Black.

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I deconstructed the recipe pretty much on the spot. Brown Chicken, Saute Vegetables, Add Rice, Bake.

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I love using Indian Harvest products. The company is right here in the midwest…from Minnesota. I also use Better than Bouillon for ALL my stock if I’m not using homemade stock. The only chicken I use is Smart Chicken brand. The Chicken Broth I’m adding here was a gift from my brother and it was very good.

Rice

It was Delicious!

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Chicken and Rice

Saute 4 Chicken Breasts in Olive Oil in a large pot. Remove to a plate when browned.

Saute 1 Onion, 1-2 Carrots and 1-2 Celery and 1 Garlic Clove in the remaining oil. Sprinkle on some Flour (about 1/4 cup) and stir for a few minutes. Add Salt, Pepper, and any other spices you like with chicken.  Deglaze pan with 1/2 cup of water or wine or apple cider or beer.

Add 2 cups Rice and 4 cups chicken stock. (I use a combination of chicken and vegetable) I also added a handful of cranberries and a 1/2 cup of sliced almonds.

Slide the chicken breasts back in and bring to a boil. Put on the lid and place in the oven at #300* for about an hour.

This recipe probably makes enough for 8 people! There will be leftovers and that’s a Good Thing!

***You can also add other vegetables, including Mushrooms, to the saute part. I cook for a vegetable hater, so we just do the simple ones 🙂