This week the weather is significantly cooler. Thank goodness! I don't mind the heat, but we've had a REALLY hot summer and 70 degree weather is a Godsend. With the cooler weather, I was inspired to make soup. Of course I couldn't just make any soup. I made chicken with wild rice.
For over half of my nearly 40 years, I didn't care for soup. It was ok, but I would have much rather had a sandwich. All that ended when I took a job at a local mall in college. The smell of soup and freshly baked bread drifting down the center of the mall was intoxicating. I became hooked on St. Louis Bread Company's (now Panera) chicken with wild rice soup. I shudder to think of how much money I spent purchasing the "You Pick 2" special. I tried two or three times to replicate the soup and finally gave up as the ingredients were expensive.
This was before my "health kick," as my Mom affectionately calls it. Pulling out the recipe the other day, I realized that I would have to make some alterations. Here's what I ended up with.
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
3 cups milk, divided
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup wild rice
3 cups of chicken broth (more if needed)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 very large chicken breast, cooked and diced