Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chicken And Wild Rice Soup

You say potato, I say potahto, you say creek and I say crick, you say slow cooker and I get my knickers in a knot and inform you firmly, yet politely, that it's called a CROCK POT. This little gem was a wedding gift almost 32 years ago. Do I leave it alone, unattended? Definitely not. Do I hate that it doesn't have a removable liner? Absolutely. Am I attached to it? Like Linus to his blanket. Like Paula Deen to her butter. Paris has her crack pipe and I have my CROCK POT. Here it is in all its antique splendor. The lid has been broken for years so I have a makeshift lid I now use and I believe it came from my mother's kitchen so it's even older than the CROCK POT. All is well in Mag's kitchen. (But check the photo closely...HEE!)

This recipe was actually inspired by a recipe my daughter-in-law printed out for me to make while I was in Ohio last week babysitting for Gavin. It's perfect for throwing together in the morning before work and welcomes you back home later in the day with the most fantastic smell. I've changed it up a bit because that's what I do, but in her original recipe the ingredients were all thrown together in the CROCK POT without sauteing the vegetables first. Feel free to go that route if you're in a rush. I doubt that there's going to be much difference in the end result. Just know that the end result was absolutely delicious and my son Wes claimed it to be one of his favorite recipes, thus enabling me to add a new category to my sidebar entitled "Wesipes." (Jason, that one's for you.)

Chicken And Wild Rice Soup (adapted from Heather)

1 TBSP olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 onion, diced
1-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced (how hot do you like it?)
kosher salt and pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken (breasts, thighs, or a combination. I put them in frozen)
1 (8 oz) can green enchilada sauce
1 (4 oz) can of diced green chiles
1/3 cup wild rice (Heather used one can of white beans instead)
1 1/2 cup chicken stock (only use one cup if you're using the beans instead of the wild rice)
1 TBSP cornstarch
2 TBSP milk or water

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the bell pepper, onion, jalapeno peppers and season with salt and pepper. Saute for 6-7 minutes then add the garlic, cumin and oregano. Saute for another minute or two.

Pour skillet contents into crockpot and add the remaining ingredients, except for the cornstarch and milk/water. Cook on low for 5-7 hours (totally flexible here.) Shred chicken with two forks. Mix cornstarch into cold milk/water and add to crockpot. Return setting to high and cook for another 30 minutes or until thick and bubbly.

This was delicious served with cheddar cheese, sour cream and either crumbled Fritos or tortilla chips as garnish.


PlumpNotFat said...

Just the other day I was trying to explain to someone the difference between a Crock Pot and a slow cooker: "You know how you call all tissues a Kleenex even when you cheap out and buy the Walmart Brand*? It's like that - they're all really Crock Pots. But not."

Iffin you can get your head around something that goes into a "slow cooker" try these babies:

I have had excellent luck with them. No leaks, no tears, no melty stuff (I admit I just knew they were going to melt and render my Crock Pot useless - but I was willing to take the risk to keep from washing something).

*Confession - I buy Puffs Plus with lotion and call them Kleenex. I can't imagine the looks I'd get if I asked someone for ""A Puff".

Frieda said...

Mags, you crock me up!

My mom just gifted me with a brand new crock pot that she has never used. Now I have three....I think. Gotta dust off those babies and put them to work!

June said...

Mags - I can't wait to try this fabulous recipe in my DUTCH OVEN and screw the darn slow cooker...errrr crock whatever! LMAO You're the best! Hope you feel better soon.

Mary said...

Mags, you're hilarious!

I'm printing this as I type! I loveeee crock pot recipes as I love love love soup! Thanks for this!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Nanan said...

I think I need to pull out my Crock pot and mix this up right now! But - maybe with pork... William is not much into chicken... then again - that would be an entirely different recipe, now wouldn't it... hmmmmmm you do inspire me!

Megan said...

I always thought Crock Pot was a brand name, so I call mine a slow cooker, but you can certainly call yours whatever you like! That soup sounds very spicing and warming.

Kat said...

My Crock Pot is cooking right now. I love using it, and use it often. I believe this is the oldest Crock Pot I have ever seen! My first one is old, but not old enough to have had a glass lid, it is plastic. My friend had the oldest one until you came along with your old timey one!! Now I own 3.

Sherylyn said...

I've always called it a crock pot! I thought slow cooker was an American term or something.

This recipe looks yummy, I was copying it out to try it and realized...this sounds much like a chicken green chili, if you used the beans rather than the rice! Hmm. Tough call.

SeattleDee said...

This looks tasty enough to change up my dinner plans for the evening. Keep 'em coming, Mags.

April in CT said...

Woah, I'm scared I might burst into flames just looking at that dangerous thing!! LOL

This is definitely a recipe I've not seen before, so can't wait to try it. Sounds fantastic!!

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

You know how I love me some crock pot slow cooker recipes, in fact I have some Great Northern Beans in the pot right now. This looks like a soup I need to add to my list.

The Mom Chef said...

You say knickers in a knot and I say panties in a wad.

The soup looks awesome.

FYI, my captcha word was fiend. How appropriate.

Anonymous said...

That's a lovely crock pot Sister Mary Margaret!!

Pam said...

I think that crock pot officially qualifies as an antique. Since I try to keep hip and appeal to the younger crowd, I am sticking with slow cooker. I'm shallow that way.

Moogie said...

Thanks Mags!!!

Now I have to worry if I'm being politically correct with the names of my appliances. I probably won't be able to sleep tonight with this turn of events.

Carolyn said...

My crockpot and I have had an on-again, off-again love affair...until I discovered I could make yogurt in it. Now it's just on, on, on. Every week, I give it a yogurt workout.
But I love wild rice and this soup sounds so good, I am bookmarking it to make soon!

Julie said...

I have lots of slow cooker/crock pot recipes. I think some I call crock pot and some slow cooker. Why do I think slow cooker is more politically correct? :)

I just bought a new one with the clamps on the lid. Wonderful if you want to take it somewhere!

Soup looks delicious and it's now soup weather here. Cold and windy.

Sue said...

Wow, that crock pot(that's what I call it too) definitely has seen better days:) I can completely understand how you can be sentimentally attached, because I am like that too.
I would love to have some of your delicious soup because all I have eaten today(really)is donuts!

Haden News said...

Great looking this kind of meal when it gets cold...we were at 85 today in Cary, NC!!! I am so ready for 50 -60 degree days and Soup for dinner!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love your Crock Pot and its new label. :) I don't use mine nearly enough,bbut you can be sure I'm going to make this soup. It looks fabulous.

Natalie said...

where are those bowls from? i LOVE them!!!

ButterYum said...

Wow, check out that crockpot - cool! I love your post... the recipe sounds wonderful. I really like to use my crockpot - anytime of the year!


Medifast Coupons said...

Very nice chicken soup. How long have you had that crock pot, looks like an antique?

Karen said...

OMG, buy a CROCK POT with a removable liner - you'll wonder why you held onto this for so long! The soup sounds great - we're right in the middle of soup weather!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Yay - let's hear it for the crock pots. This looks like a great recipe - I'm pretty sure it would go down well around my place.

Just discovered your blog via Sidewalk Shoes - it's great - I'll be visiting often :-)