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Stretch a Chicken- Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup with Wild Mushrooms

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:19am

The challenge continues. How many meals can I make from one $2.37 chicken? Yesterday, I talked about how to prepare the chicken and an Enchilada Casserole I made. The second dish I used the chicken for was Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Soup with Wild Mushrooms. Again, this was a "use what you have on hand" kind of recipe.

1/2 stick butter
1 onion chopped
1 large wild mushroom chopped (Never eat a wild mushroom you haven't identified. There are some dangerous ones out there. Portobello would make a nice substitute here.)
1 cup broccoli (I used some leftovers)
about a cup of shredded cooked chicken
broth left from cooking the chicken
water (about equal to the amount of broth)
milk (I used skim)
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Melt the butter. Saute the onion a few minutes and add in the mushrooms and broccoli (if you use fresh broccoli you may need to cook it a bit before adding the mushrooms.) Add the chicken, broth and water heat to simmer.

As a side note, I also used some driedday lily blossoms. I had read that they are used for a thickener in authentic sweet and sour soup, but I never read how much or how to use it. So I chopped a few into this recipe. It didn't get thick so either it doesn't work, I didn't use it right or didn't use enough. I don't think it really had an affect on the final outcome, just thought I'd mention it.

Add milk until it looks creamy (I used a cup and 1/2 or so.) Mix a few TB of cornstarch with an equal amount of milk and stir into the soup. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Taste and add salt, pepper and garlic powder to your taste.

I served this with $0.25 bread and butter. We had Magic Milkshakes for dessert. I think this may be the best soup I have ever made. It is the mushroom that really sets it off and gives it a great flavor. I felt very gourmet making it!

The meal count from my chicken= 3. The Enchilada Casserole gave us dinner and lunch, the soup only lasted for dinner. There is still quite a bit of chicken left. More tomorrow.

Update: Tim posted about the soup if you want to know what he thought about it.

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