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Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Soup

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Soup
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 7 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
How do you make chicken wild rice soup even better? Make it in the slow cooker, and add bacon!
Updated October 30, 2017
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-sliced bacon, chopped (4 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 6)
  • 2 cartons (32 oz each) Progresso™ Chicken Broth Reduced Sodium
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 bunch sliced green onions, whites and greens separated (1/2 cup whites, 1/2 cup greens)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (16 oz)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate; cover and refrigerate.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix flour, Montreal chicken seasoning and salt. Add chicken, and toss to coat; set aside.
  • 3
    Increase heat to medium-high. Add chicken to skillet, and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until browned on first side. Turn chicken, and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer or until beginning to brown. Meanwhile, mix broth, wild rice, green onion whites, celery and carrot in slow cooker. Refrigerate green onion greens.
  • 4
    Add chicken and pan drippings to rice mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours. Chop chicken, and return to cooker; stir in 3 cups of the cheese, replace cover and heat 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is almost melted. Stir in whipping cream. Divide soup among 8 bowls. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese, reserved bacon and green onion greens.

  • Snip bacon with scissors directly into skillet to keep from dirtying one more cutting board.
  • Resist the urge to substitute white rice for the wild rice. Wild rice isn’t actually rice at all – it’s a water-grass seed, and it behaves differently than regular rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
Calories from Fat
310
Total Fat
35g
53%
Saturated Fat
19g
95%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
160mg
54%
Sodium
1270mg
53%
Potassium
370mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
4g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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