Anytime of the year I enjoy a cup of soup, especially during the colder months of the year. One soup that makes the house smells delightful and warms the belly is a simple chicken and squash soup. It goes perfectly with fresh homemade bread or biscuits and I promise you its filling.

What You Need:

3 C butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mushroom slices

1 C celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, halved (I try to buy organic or from a local farme.)

1 C wild rice

4 C chicken broth

1 t thyme

1 t salt

1/4 t pepper

½ C whipping cream

3 T cornstarch

How to Make It:

Place the squash, mushroom slices, celery, onion and garlic into the crock pot.

Lay the chicken thighs on top.

Next add in the uncooked rice.

Pour in the broth.

Add the thyme, salt and pepper being sure to stir well to incorporate all the ingredients together.

Cover and cook on low 6 hours.

Pour the whipping cream into a small bowl.

Whisk in the cornstarch until smooth.

Stir the cornstarch mixture into the crock pot.

Place the heat on high, cover and continue cooking an additional 30 minutes.

Serving Size: 6

Boneless chicken thighs can be hard to find in some areas.  If you are having trouble finding them you can use thighs with the bone in.  Be sure to remove the skin before placing them into the crock pot.  Before adding the whipping cream mixture remove the thighs and shred the meat off the bone using 2 forks.

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