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Creamy broccoli, chicken and wild rice soup

  • 2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets and stalks diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2L salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 3 chicken thighs, sliced
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Juice of one lemon

Warm half the olive oil and half the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. Add all the breadcrumbs, and half the walnuts and macadamias. Cook, stirring regularly for 5-6 minutes until fragrant and toasted. Tip into a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

In a large heavy based saucepan, sauté onion in 3 tbsp of oil until translucent on medium heat.

Add garlic and sauté for a minute until fragrant.

Add broccoli, thyme, cashews and stock and replace lid on saucepan. Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes until broccoli is tender.

Turn off heat. Remove thyme sprigs.

Using a stick blender, blend the soup until smooth. You can also use a normal blender, using a ladle to transfer from the soup pot to the jug to blend.

Once the soup is smooth, add wild rice and chicken. Simmer for 45 minutes until rice is tender.

While the soup is simmering, preheat oven to 180°C. Add almonds, 1 tbsp of oil, lemon juice and paprika to a baking tray and combine. The easiest way to do this is to ‘shuffle’ the almonds by quickly moving the tray side to side to coat them.

Roast almonds for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Season soup with salt and pepper to your taste then serve soup with a handful of roasted almonds on top and some additional thyme if you like.

You can also add a squeeze of grilled lemon over the soup for a citrus twist.

Serves 6


Recipe created by Melanie Lionello.