Chicken Rice Soup with Peanuts and Quick Lunch !

My battle with the sniffles was taking a turn for the worst . Never one to be deterred , I looked up at my arsenal of recipes and voila chicken soup was begging to be picked. Since , it was time for lunch and I was in mood for cooking an elaborate  meal  , decided to add rice to the soup itself  along with a healthy dose of peanuts , again something which I have been craving a lot lately .

Before , I move on over to the recipe , a word of advice . Now is a good time to pre - soak the rice for the soup . Remember the quick lunch part ...everyone is entitled to shortcuts especially in this frigidly  cold weather which brings the sniffles.

Ingredients -

Boneless Chicken pieces cut into small cubes
1 medium sized chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/4 cup roasted peanuts
2 tbsp butter.
1 bay leaf
2-3 cloves
6 cups water
1/2 cup uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste

Method -
Boil the chicken pieces and 6 cups of water in a pan and  bring to a boil .
Reduce flame and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the onions and half of the celery along with cloves and bay leaf.
Add  salt and pepper to the mixture and let it simmer for another 45 minutes with a cover on top.
When your chicken broth is almost ready , in a separate pan saute the peanuts in the butter.
Add the rest of the celery and carrots and stir it .
Now add the pre soaked rice along with the chicken broth which we had set aside, You may add extra water to make  it more liquid.
Reduce flame and let it simmer covered for another 20 - 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked.
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.


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