Chicken Wild Rice Soup (slow cooker, no stock)

Delicious soup from the slow cooker-- my favorite part is it doesn't require stock, since it makes it own stock as it cooks.

Push the chicken skin off from the meat (ok if it hangs onto the ankle bone) from 2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks.

Place the following in slow cooker:
chicken (see above)
1/2 C cooking sherry
3 carrots (chopped in .75" chunks)
2-3 stalks celery (chopped)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion (chopped)
black pepper
3 bay leaves

Add enough water to cover most (but not all) of the drumsticks.

Cook on low 4-5 hours in the slow cooker.

When the chicken is cooked it will fall off the bones easily. Shred the chicken in the pot, discarding the bones and skin.

Add 1 C sliced mushrooms, and 1 C cooked wild rice* and continue cooking on low for another 20-40 minutes until cooked.

When ready to serve, add and stir:
2 TB half and half
1/4 C chopped parsley


*Wild rice can be cooked in pressure cooker. Combine 1 part rice to 4 parts water. Cook under pressure for 22 minutes. Use "slow release" method, then drain and reserve.

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