I have to admit, sometimes when I’m cooking, I don’t know what I’m really making until it’s done. This started out as a chicken tortilla soup, and about an hour into the slow cooking process, I decided to add a thickener, wild rice, lentils, peas and carrots. This soup was SO deliciously tasty and such a good snow day treat! My husband and I ate almost the whole crockpot full the first day! This soup was EVEN BETTER the 2nd day!
I didn’t write the recipe down as I went on, but here’s the basis of what I did and I hope you can recreate it in your own way. Please leave any questions below and I will happily give you any tips I can!
I started with 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, one small chopped shallot and about 16 ounces of organic, low sodium chicken broth. I covered each chicken breast in taco seasoning and a little cumin, and cooked the ingredients on high in my slow cooker for about an hour and a half. I added more chicken broth, uncooked wild rice (about 1 cup), lentils (about 1/4 cup), and some frozen peas and carrots. I covered it up again and allowed to cook for another hour or so, stirring occasionally. I then pulled the chicken apart with 2 forks (which was really easy) and added about 1/4 cup half and half. I took a little bit of butter (about 1/4 stick) and heated that in a small skillet on the stove until it melted. I added 1/4 cup low fat milk and finally, to thicken, about 1/4 cup Tapioca Starch (you can also use Arrow Root or Corn Starch to keep it gluten free) and continuously stir. This only takes a few seconds, as the mixture will thicken REALLY QUICKLY! Add this to the soup immediately and turn the slow cooker to Low.
Add salt, pepper, thyme, 21 Season Salute (from Trader Joe’s and GREAT in soups!), and the rest of the chicken broth (total of 32 ounces). Let this sit for as long as you can, as the soup will thicken over time. I served this with a few crackers and red wine (obviously).
I probably let this soup cook for at least 4 hours from start to finish before we ate any. I allowed it to cook on Low for the rest of the day and finally turned it off before bed. The next day, I heated it up with a little more chicken broth!! Soooooo good!