This is what I make on chilly nights or when someone has the sniffles. It's delicious and it only takes about 30 minutes. Here is the base recipe, with my favorite variations posted after. Feel free to change it as you like. Hubby and I eat ours with either rolls or crusty bread. The picture below is the creamy version. I'll post more/better picture as I make the different versions over the coming weeks.
Pro tip: The woman at the bakery said to put the crusty bread in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees right before you slice it. Do this, it is so worth it.
Feel Better Chicken Soup
3 Chicken Breasts - chopped
2 Carrots - chopped
1 Celery - chopped (optional - turns out hubby hates celery, oops)
1/2 Medium Onion - chopped
1 1/2 T Butter
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Basil
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
3 C Chicken Broth
2 T Cooking Wine
1/2 C Rice
Melt butter in a big pot, stir in Thyme, Basil, Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper. Add carrots, celery and onion, saute in the butter until the onion starts to get soft. Add chicken, brown on all sides. Once chicken is browned add the 2 T of cooking wine, stir. Add the chicken broth and the rice. Bring to a boil and then simmer until rice is cooked and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve with Sister Shuberts or crusty bread. Yum!
Creamy Version: I take away 1 Cup of broth and add in a can of Cream o' Chicken soup. I also leave out the rice and serve with extra bread instead.
Dumpling Version: Make the creamy version and then drop in small pieces biscuit dough in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Chicken Noodle Version: Instead of rice use pasta. I use the little pasta stars. I call it "Star Soup". You can find them in the Hispanic section of the grocery store.
Pork-Apple Version: Use floured pork instead of chicken, add in a chopped apple and a touch of cinnamon while sauteing. I also replace a cup of the broth with apple cider. I always crave this one in early fall.
Whatever Version: When you don't have all the ingredients so you throw in whatever you want :) Take out the chicken and add different veggies and this could make a kick-butt vegetable soup.
Sauteing all the things
Note that the bread is soaking up the broth. That means delicious things will be happening around your taste buds.