Coconut Chicken Soup Coconut Milk
Chicken and Wild Rice Crockpot Meal is one of the most popular recipes in the world. You may think it’s just because it tastes good.
But actually, if you have a few ingredients at hand, you can make delicious comfort food with little effort. And this recipe uses only three basic ingredients! These are chicken broth (or water), coconut milk, and wild rice or brown rice. It’s easy to make, but it takes time and patience.
The reason why I like this recipe so much is because it’s simple. If you’re not familiar with cooking with chicken broth, then you might need some tips before trying out this recipe.
For example, when making chicken soup using chicken stock, you’ll want to add salt and pepper to taste. Also, you’ll want to use fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and basil. You can buy these dried herbs at your local health food store.
If you don’t have any chicken broth or water on hand, then you can substitute vegetable broth instead. Just remember that the flavor will be different than chicken broth.
This is a great way to get nutrients without actually eating vegetables. haha! For those of you who don’t like the taste of vegetables, this is good news! Of course, if you actually like vegetables, then you can add some chopped carrots, celery and onion for extra flavor.
This recipe takes about three hours to prepare, so you’ll need to leave enough time for that. You’ll need a slow cooker (crock pot) for this recipe.
You can find these appliances at most department stores or large appliance stores. If you’re in a big hurry and don’t have time to make this, you can also use canned chicken and canned coconut milk. Of course, the taste will be different than if you take the time to prepare it from scratch. This is still a good option for those busy week nights when you don’t have time to cook an elaborate dinner. Another option is to prepare this the night before, put it in the refrigerator to let the flavors blend, and then turn on the slow cooker before you go to work.
Coconut milk is the creamy part of a coconut. You can buy this canned at most grocery stores in the international food section or with the Asian foods.
If your supermarket doesn’t carry it, try a large warehouse store such as Costco or Sam’s Club. You can also buy it online: * Coconut milk can be used in place of cow’s milk. * It’s high in fiber, rich in antioxidants and contains natural vitamins and minerals.
Of course, if you’re a vegan or just don’t like the taste of coconut milk, you don’t have to use it. Feel free to substitute soy milk instead.
Wild rice is not actually a rice at all. It’s a grass seed that grows naturally on lakes in North America.
It’s not a common food and you may not find it in your local grocery store, however you can buy it online or at a specialty food store.
If you don’t have wild rice on hand, you can substitute brown rice. Just be sure to cook it first by following the instructions on the package.
* Brown rice is high in fiber, contains healthy carbs and B vitamins.
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups wild rice (can substitute brown rice)
2 whole bay leaves
1 tsp. dried parsley (or 1 Tbsp.
fresh chopped parsley)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 tsp.
fresh chopped thyme)
1/2 tsp. dried basil (or 1 tsp.
fresh chopped basil)
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and mix well.
Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours.
Serve over hot cooked pasta or rice with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Practice and learn!
You can make this in a saucepan on the stove instead of a slow-cooker. The process is very simple:
1. Combine all ingredients except the chicken, mushrooms, onion and garlic in a large saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Add chicken, mushrooms and onion and garlic; cover and simmer for an additional 30-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
4. Serve immediately over hot cooked rice or pasta.
The recipes are specifically designed for a slow-cooker (also called a crock-pot). This is a counter top electrical appliance that keeps food warm and ready to serve anytime.
If you don’t have one, you can make these recipes in a regular saucepan on the stove-top as noted above.
All slow-cookers work differently. Follow the instructions that come with yours and these recipes should turn out just fine.
In general, most slow-cookers have four heat settings: low, medium, high and keep warm. The “keep warm” setting is not a temperature setting but a function of the slow-cooker.
Whatever food is inside will slowly cook on “keep warm” and be at the right temp. to serve anytime you like.
A reader also sent in this helpful hint:
“I found that if I place a couple of shells of Middle Neck Clams (about 6-7 clams)in the pot, add 2 cups of water and the Juice of one whole lemon my house smells EXACTLY like my favorite Italian restaurant.”
Good luck and I hope you enjoy these recipes!
Sources & references used in this article:
Wild Rice Goose and Other Dishes of the Upper Midwest by J Motoviloff – 2014 – books.google.com
Protest kitchen: Fight injustice, save the planet, and fuel your resistance one meal at a time by CJ Adams, V Messina – 2018 – books.google.com
Tag Archives: protein by G Kohila – kohilag.wordpress.com
A tradition of soup: flavors from China’s Pearl River Delta by MM Wittenberg – 2013 – Ten Speed Press
Cookbooks: Recipes and Culinary Tales by TM Chen – 2009 – books.google.com
Sustainable food: How to buy right and spend less by M Fitzgerald – 2013 – Da Capo Lifelong Books
Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet by F Rice – Urban Food Culture: Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore …, 2019 – books.google.com