Monday, January 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Wild Rice, Wheat Berry & Chicken Soup

Yes, we might just be infatuated with slow cookers (aka crockpots) around these parts.  So anytime we see a recipe that looks as mouthwatering as this Wheat Berry, Wild Rice & Chicken Soup and it's a slow cooker recipe, you better bet we'll be trying it soon.

We added Joseph's Grainery Hard Red Wheat Berries to the recipe to make it a little more hearty and give it a little more texture.  We think you'll love it, so pull our your crockpot and get a cookin'.

You'll notice the recipe calls for something called mirepoix.  What?  We'd never heard of it, so we thought you might like to know's just a fancy way of saying a mix of chopped carrots, celery and onion.  We just chopped up equal parts of the three and added 2 cups worth to the soup.

Slow Cooker Wild Rice, Wheat Berry & Chicken Soup

adapted from Pinch of Yum

1 c wild rice, uncooked
1/2 c Joseph's Grainery Hard Red Wheat, uncooked
1 lb chicken
2 c mirepoix (what in the world is mirepoix??? see definition above)
6 c chicken broth
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 c butter
2 c whole milk
up to 2 c additional milk or water

Directions:  Rinse the wild rice and wheat berries.  Place the uncooked wild rice, wheat berries, mirepoix, chicken, chicken broth and poultry seasoning in the crock pot.  Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.

Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and allow to cool.  Once it's not too hot to touch, shred the chicken and then return to the crockpot.

In a saucepan, melt the butter.  Add the flour and let bubble for 1 minute.  Slowly whisk in the whole milk until a thick creamy mixture forms.  Add this to the contents in the crockpot and stir to combine.  Add additional milk or water to achieve the desired constancy for the soup.


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