Creamy Chicken with Tarragon, Mushrooms and Wild Rice

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Creamy Chicken with Tarragon, Mushrooms and Wild Rice
Serves 4
Chef Pete used to make this soup at Opus One in Detroit when he was their Executive Chef. He particularly loved this soup and on the occasion when they made it, he would make it his own lunch with a slice of French bread... or two.
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 stick Butter, Salted
  2. 1⁄2 cup Onions, small diced
  3. 1⁄2 cup Celery, small diced
  4. 2 tsp. Garlic, minced
  5. 1⁄3 cup All Purpose Flour
  6. 1 cup Mushrooms, chopped
  7. 3 cups Chicken Stock
  8. 1⁄2 cup Heavy Cream
  9. 1 cup Diced, Cooked Chicken Meat
  10. 1⁄4 cup Wild Rice
  11. 2 cups Water (or as needed)
  12. 1 Tbsp. Tarragon, fresh, chopped
  13. 1 Tbsp. Sweet Sherry Wine
  14. - Salt & Pepper, To Taste
Instructions
  1. Simmer wild rice in water until just tender. Drain and reserve.
  2. Saute onions and celery in butter until just tender then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.
  3. Add flour and stir in. Cook 3 minutes on medium heat to cook flour into a roux.
  4. Add chicken stock, heavy cream and mushrooms. Bring to a simmer while whisking and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add cooked chicken meat, rice, tarragon and sherry. Simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Adjust thickness with additional chicken broth if necessary.
  7. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve.
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