Chicken, mushroom and wild rice soup

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Chicken, mushroom, wild rice, soup

Serves 8-10


Knob of butter
200g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
900g chicken thighs
Salt and black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 bay leaves
1½ tbsp fresh thyme leaves
4 garlic cloves, crushed
250g wild rice, or a blend of wild rice and basmati
2.8l chicken stock
4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Heat the butter in a large pot over a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with kitchen paper and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in the same pot over a medium-high heat. In a single layer (working in batches if necessary), sear the chicken thighs for 3-4 minutes per side until dark golden brown.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and discard the skins. Pour off all but two tablespoons of fat from the pan and return to a medium heat.
  4. Cook the onion in the chicken fat for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  5. Add the carrots, celery, bay leaves and thyme and cook for another 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for one minute longer. Season with salt and black pepper. Add the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat to high and add the stock, using a wooden spoon to scrape any sticky bits from the bottom of the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked throughout and the rice is tender.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken thighs to a plate. Remove the bones, then shred the meat and return to the pot.
  8. Stir in the parsley and season to taste.

Per serving: 323kcals, 11.1g fat (2.8g saturated), 24.7g carbs, 3.1g sugars, 31.5g protein, 3.3g fibre, 1.004g sodium

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