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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Easy-peasy Crock Pot Faux Chinese Chicken & Rice Soup

This is one of those soups that I'll begin early in the morning when I know I'll be out in the garden, shopping, cleaning...whatever, for most of the day but still want something to put on the table that doesn't feel I've done it "on the fly". A nice summer salad and a slice of crusty bread makes me feel as though I've spent a lot of time in the kitchen (I like to fool myself) when I haven't been in there for most of the day.

  • 5 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low-sodium canned, or homemade
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • a dash of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • About 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (I just buy a rotisserie chicken and use whatever is left for sandwiches or a quick salad topping)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium bunch fresh cilantro, leaves torn or chopped

Put the water and broth, salt, rice and butter in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH until the rice is soft and soupy, about 6 hours.

About half an hour before serving, stir in the ginger and scallions, heat through. Portion the soup into bowls and top with warm shredded chicken and cilantro.

Be sure to check out our Foodie blog for today's recipe for Blueberry Muffins with Coconut Topping. Great with a cup of tea for an afternoon break!


Eclectic Pink Rose said...

I LOVE slow cooker recipes just for that, it seems like you've been in the kitchen all day and haven't, you can play AND serve up a great meal..adding this one to the files! Thanks a million!
♥ Teresa

Abby Lanes said...

Oh thank you! We're having June gloom weather here, so I'm going to make this for dinner. Yum!
Thank you :-)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Yumm, this looks wonderful! Now I need to find my slow cooker. ☺ Diane

Tootsie said...

this sounds very good!!! thanks for the recipe!

Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Your recipe sounds absolutely scrummy! I'd love to give it a try so I guess it's time to buy a crock pot!