Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

Yes, it's officially summer and soup might not be your go-to meal but most the seniors I know have poor circulation and are frequently cold.  It's also being suggested according to this article that the thermoregulation of body temperature might be a therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer's disease.  Say-what?! This takes comfort food to a whole new level, and what's more comforting than a bowl of soup?  It's also loaded with nutrients and soft on the teeth which is an every growing concern that I am realizing plagues the senior demographic right up there with high blood pressure and dramas with Medicaid.  Some things I cannot fix but I can fix soup. So... Creamy chicken and mushroom for all my favorite seniors this week!

The ultimate care package.

The ultimate care package.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 1/2cups Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 cup chopped parsley (and a little more for a fresh garnish)
  • 1 sprig rosemary

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breast in a pot and cover with water. Slowly heat on medium till they are cooked through.
  2. While the chicken is cooking prep the carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms and garlic.
  3. In a heavy pot melt the butter. Add the diced carrots, onion, and celery and stir to coat them evenly in the butter.
  4. Sautee for several minutes until the vegetables soften and then add the mushrooms, garlic, and thyme.
  5. Cook for several more minutes until the mushrooms begin to release their juices, then add the flour.
  6. Stir constantly incorporating the flour and loosening any bits starting to stick to the bottom.
  7. Slowly add in the chicken stock and mix well. This will deglaze the bottom of the pan and help add flavor.
  8. Add the bay leaves and allow the soup to heat into a low simmer.
  9. While the soup is heating, carefully remove the chicken breat and place in a large bowl or cutting board. With two forks carfully pull apart the chicken until shredded into small pieces.
  10. Carefully add the shredded chicken and the parsley to the soup pot and continue cooking until the carrots are soft.
  11. Once cooked through, remove from heat and stir in the half and half and add the rosemary sprig.
  12. Return to the heat and warm the soup through but avoid boiling.
  13. Once warm, you can serve it immediatly remembering to remove the bay leaves and avoiding the infusing rosemary sprig (which can be discarded before storing any leftovers).
  14. Enjoy, hopefully with a friend!