- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 10 sprigs Italian flat leaf parsley
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup uncooked instant rice
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place chicken in the pot, season with salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes, until juices run clear. Remove chicken, and set aside. Reduce heat to medium-low. Melt butter in the pot. Stir in onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes. Stir in flour, and cook until lightly browned.
With a piece of kitchen twine, tie together the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf. Pour stock and milk into the pot, and stir in the cooked chicken. Place herb bundle into soup. Simmer 25 minutes.
Bring the water to a boil in a separate pot, and stir in instant rice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes.
Remove and discard herb bundle from soup. Stir in cooked rice and season with Old Bay before serving.