But…comfort food 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼.
How’s the weather in your area? It’s still FREEZING COLD HERE. In Kansas’ defense, it is actually supposed to get super warm today…we’ll see. But for the last billion years (potential slight exaggeration), it has been WINTER. So cold. Like…wait…it’s April 11th. I feel like, if we’re being totally fair, it should have started getting springy in March. YET – here we are, middle of April, and it snowed several days ago. What up?
Anyway, this cold, cooollllddd weather has left me bitter but also craving warm and cozy comfort food. If it’s going to be frigid outside, we might as well roll with it and eat some yummy, cold-weather food, right? On the 1-10 scale of cozy comfort food, this soup is a 12. It’s impossibly thick and creamy, loaded with soft rice, veggies, and chicken, and it feels like someone is getting you a big, warm hug as you are slurping down every last spoonful.
Let’s be honest, Ima probably make this in the dead middle of summer, too, because when is a cozy food hug NOT needed in life? Never, IMO.
Let’s chat about how this cozy food hug happens, shall we?
- Add the rice blend, chicken stock, chicken breasts, and veggies (onion, celery, carrot, garlic) to your Instant Pot. Season it up with some salt and pepper, close the lid, and cook on manual high pressure for 20 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release the rest.
- Pop your lid off, remove your chicken, dice it up, and add it back in, and stir in some lemon juice, a few dashes of hot sauce, and some milk. Turn the Instant Pot onto the saute setting so the soup simmers while you throw together a roux.
- In a bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour and add this roux to the soup, stirring as you add it in. Let the soup simmer for a few minutes as the roux thickens it up. Once it is thickened to your liking, turn the Instant Pot off, and you’re ready to serve!
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. << Which is appropriate because some lemon squeezy action does happen up in hurr (see step 2, yo ^^).
That’s all there is to it! So do me and yourself a favor, go make a steamy pot of this soup, and feel like I’m giving you a virtual hug via this soup via the internet via your computer screen. Feel me?…