Some weekends I find myself scratching my head to figure out something to cook for the week. This weekend I wanted to try something completely new, so I searched Pinterest for recipes. During my search, I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup by Little Spice Jar. I’ve been a fan of slow cooker meals for a long time, so this recipe was perfect. Here’s my attempt at preparing this meal. Spoiler alert: It turned out pretty well and it tasted amazing!
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I found all of the ingredients for this recipe at my local Walmart. I was happy that it wasn’t too expensive to make. That’s something that is always on my mind when choosing recipes from Pinterest. Sometimes the pictures of food look so good, but when you look at the ingredients, you have to consider taking out a small loan to get the ingredients; a recipe online may also call for hard-to-find ingredients. If you don’t feel like actually heading to the grocery store for the ingredients, you could try Amazon Fresh, too!
Besides the ingredients, I needed a slow cooker. In my slower cooker recipes post, I showed you the slow cookers that I use, but really any slow cooker will work.
Little Spice Jar’s recipe was very easy to follow. Remember, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to preparing meals in the slow cooker. I literally threw the ingredients in and set the timer.
What I Changed
Before you follow an online recipe, always be sure to find and read the comments and reviews. You’ll see what others did wrong which will help you avoid those same mistakes or you’ll find a few smart substitution. In the comments for this recipe, many people complained about it being kind of bland. When you read the recipe, you’ll see that there are one or two low-sodium/no sodium ingredients. I did not mind these ingredients, but because of the comments, I made sure to season my chicken really well before adding it to the slow cooker, and I made sure to add a LITTLE BIT of Tony’s, garlic powder, and onion powder to the creamy mixture.
The other thing that I changed was the amount of chicken used. I actually used the whole pack of chicken, which was about three chicken breasts. I planned on eating this for dinner for a couple of nights, so I really wanted this meal to fill me up and last through the week. These were the only things that I changed. I followed the rest of the recipe as written.
Overall, the soup came out really well. It smelled so good as it cooked in the slow cooker. I will say that it wasn’t really the runny, loose consistency that you might associate with soup. This thang was thick! Nevertheless, I loved this thick soup! I think that the thickness may have been due to the large amount of chicken that I used or the thickness of the cream that was added. When I made the creamy concoction, the end result was very thick. I’m not sure if the recipe called for it to be like that. In fact, I added more milk to thin it out, but it was still pretty thick.
The taste was really nice. Being a southern girl, I like a bit of kick and salt to my food, but I was okay with the subtle taste of this soup. I need to watch my salt intake anyway, so I actually told myself “no” to adding more salt to this dish.
This was my first time eating and cooking wild rice. I honestly didn’t taste or notice the wild rice that much. Again, the added chicken may have hidden the taste of the wild rice.
What I’ll Do Next Time
I will be making this recipe in the future. Next time, I will add more celery and carrots. I really loved them in this recipe and I wanted more than what the recipe called for. I plan to keep all other parts of this recipe the same when I make it again.
Would you try this recipe? What are your favorite slow cooker recipes? Tell me in the comments below!
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