I'm originally from Minnesota, where wild rice grows in abundance and is very popular in recipes. This soup has been part of our Christmas Eve menu for years. To save time, I cook the chicken and wild rice and cut up the vegetables the day before. —Virginia Montmarquet, Riverside, California
"This zippy chicken and rice soup is brimming with flavor and color," reports Elaine Grover of Santa Maria, California. "For a change of pace, I garnish steaming bowls of it with crispy fried tortilla strips and some shredded pepper Jack cheese."
Arkansas is the top rice-producing state in the country, so this recipe definitely represents our region. I'm a member of the Craighead County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, and one of our main promotions is rice.
"Because this warming soup takes advantage of several convenience items, it's very quick to make," assures Gayle Holdman from Highland, Utah. "It's perfect for casual entertaining, because you can keep it warm in the slow cooker. The pot is always scraped clean."
"This is a terrific way to use up leftover chicken and cooked rice," remarks Judie Anglen of Riverton, Wyoming. "With its mild curry flavor and colorful chunks of carrot and celery, the thick mixture draws rave reviews every time I fix it."
"This hearty soup is loaded with vegetables, chicken, rice and herbs. When friends come for lunch, I warm up some garlic toast and make a meal of it," notes Gwen Shawley of El Mirage, Arizona. "It's a great way to cut back on calories and fat."
"I combined three recipes to come up with this take on the classic creamy chicken rice soup," says Marge Wagner from Roselle, Illinois. "I cut down on the butter, increased the vegetables and eliminated the half-and-half cream. This lower-fat version is truly delicious...and no one can tell it's light!"