This has been a favorite for my family since 2008. It’s a great mild meal to serve on a cold day, especially if you have freshly baked warm bread to go with it.
My children HATE peas and rebel if I add them to the recipe, but I enjoy them. Either way, it’s a great meal.
Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder
2 tablespoon organic canola or olive oil
1/4 cup organic cornstarch
1-32 oz. box low sodium organic chicken broth
1 lb cooked cubed organic chicken breasts (or thighs if you prefer)
1/2 cup dry wild rice (about 1 cup cooked
4 medium very thinly sliced fresh carrots (about 2 cups)
1 small onion, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 teaspoon organic black pepper
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 cup frozen peas (optional)
Start wild rice cooking according to directions on package in a small pot. This often takes longer than the rest of the prep, so starting it 15-30 minutes in advance isn’t a bad idea.
If you need to cook the chicken, also do that now. I bake my chicken breasts at 400 degrees for 25 minutes in a glass pan.
Prep the carrots, onion, and celery. I slice the carrots in the food processor with a 4 mm blade. The celery can also go through the food processor, but the onion must be diced by hand. Saute the veggies on medium heat in a large soup pot on the stove using the oil to prevent sticking. Stir periodically to prevent over-browning. While veggies are cooking, cube the chicken. Once the onions are clear and the celery and carrots are almost completely cooked, add the chicken, the cooked wild rice, salt, pepper, and all but 1/2 cup of the broth to the pot. Simmer until everything is warmed through and vegetables are all soft.
In a small bowl or cup, mix the 1/2 cup of broth and 1/4 cup cornstarch. Slowly stir into the chicken mixture. Stir frequently while cooking for a few minutes until the mixture has thickened sufficiently. Remove from heat. If you are using frozen peas, stir in now. Serve.