Saturday, November 26, 2016

Creamy Tarragon Chicken Soup- Comfort Food AGAIN

Hello, everybody! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving full of friends and family and love. The Fresh Pioneer is back and I have a delicious fall recipe for you.  But first, I have to share some pics of what we've been doing. Or who we've been watching. Because these cats.... I'm telling you, they are turning me into a crazy cat lady!
So, this is our big dude cat. His original name was "Lady" but he turned out to be a boy so the kids named him Koshka ('cat' in Russian). He's still Lady to me. 
He's a giant but he sleeps like this.
I mean... come ON. 
I can't resist rubbing his belly when I see him. Of course he responds with a big ol' stretttttttch.
So, that's his main sleeping pose, and now he has both kittens sleeping the same way! I'm dying of the cute.
The only thing cuter than the cats are my kids. Here's one waiting for his Cub Scouts "rocket" to take off. I love the excitement on his face!
Now that we've covered cute cats and cute kids, on to the recipe. 
 This soup calls for cream or half and half. I love those 50% rebate stickers when a product will expire in a few days. HAHAHAHAHA, I have six hungry kids. We can use that up in an hour, no problem!

Ingredients: (I'm listing the original amounts, not the amounts I use since I usually triple a recipe)
1 lb cooked and chopped chicken
1 cup flour
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups cream
1 cup chopped carrots
8 oz frozen peas
1/2 chopped onion
3 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
2 TBS fresh tarragon
pinch of thyme
Here's the chicken.
Sautee the onions and carrots in 1 TBS of oil for a few minutes. Add the garlic and stir.  Add one cup of the chicken broth, bring to a boil. Make sure the carrots are completely cooked because there's not a lot of cooking time after the broth is added. Remove from heat.
I really like this bouillon seasoning. No MSG, which is a huge plus!
Of course we're making a giant batch so I had to use a big mixing bowl-- and I still love my birthday gift from a friend! Pioneer Woman Cooks stuff is so pretty!
 So, step 2. Add the cream to the flour, tarragon, thyme, and pepper. Whisk together.
 Add the flour mixture to the vegetables and broth. Stir together. It should be very thick. Stir constantly over medium heat until the flour mixture starts to turn darker, like a roux.
 Add the chicken. Now add the broth one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly so the roux is completely combined. When the broth is mixed completely, add the cream or half and half, and the bay leaf.
At the very last, add a package of frozen peas and bring to a simmer. Depending on how thick you like your cream soups, you can let it reduce a little or you can dig in!
 Ta-Dah! So fragrant and creamy! This recipe was from a neighbor and making it reminded me that I needed to send her a card thanking her for all the great recipes she taught me before they moved away. YUM!!
Also, Advent is starting and we made our wreath. So exciting!  We've been practicing our Christmas carols so we can put on a concert for the nursing homes near us (which will be much easier now that we have TWO guitar players and a pianist). May everyone have a blessed beginning of the Christmas season!
 Be sure to stop by my facebook author page at Mary Jane Hathaway or Virginia Carmichael, or my blog at The Things That Last!


  1. Good morning, Mary Jane. Tina posted some picture on FB of a crazy cat lady doll. Did you see it? Not that you need encouraging. The cats are adorable. Mine loves to do that stretch for a scratch pose too.

    On to the lovely soup - tarragon and chicken is such a perfect match. One of my favorite recipes ever was for tarragon chicken salad. I can't think of anything tarragon goes with as well as chicken. My daughter and I were discussing this the other day - how some herbs go with anything, but others just match perfectly with certain foods.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. How lovely to pass on a favorite from a neighbor.

    You'll have to take video to share of the cute children singing carols. :)

    1. I agree! Tarragon and chicken are a perfect mix. And now I realize I spelled it wrong. LOL. I love that edit button...

  2. Yes, Cate, I agree tarragon & chicken... perfect. I often pick up chicken salad with tarragon at a favorite deli. Delicious!

    Your kids are adorable, Mary Jane....always love seeing pics of them!

    1. Thanks, Jackie! Some are more camera shy than others but I still try to sneak a few pictures!

  3. Soup looks so good!! And I love your Advent wreath! I can't believe it's already here.

    1. Well, I think it's officially starting tomorrow but the wreath making party was last week so... there we have it!

  4. A wonderful looking soup! And I love those cute cat pictures!

    How did your son's rocket do? I remember my Cub Scouts doing that project. They loved it!