Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup is a hearty and creamy soup in a rich broth. Perfect for any day of the week this creamy from scratch soup is super easy to make. Follow all my tips and tricks below.

creamy chicken and wild rice soup with carrots, celery, chicken, wild rice and onions in a creamy base and topped with fresh herbs in a cream and teal bowl with a dutch oven behind

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup has everything you need for the perfect cozy dinner by the fire during this cold season.

It’s got the obvious: homemade broth, chicken, carrots, celery, garlic and onion, but the fresh herbs and wild rice make this homey meal adds just enough oomph to make you feel amazing! I want some right now. 

Have y’all been experiencing the cold like we have here in Oregon? One thing I love about living here is that it doesn’t snow much and the winters are pretty mild… usually.

This year has been much colder than I remember the previous winters being.

Oh well. It’s a great excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a comfy blanket, hot soup, and watch a movie (or a marathon of your favorite show, can you say Gilmore Girls? Also, my son’s middle name may have came from that show…can you guess it?

Back to thinking about something warm… this soup is super straight forward and really easy to make.

Plus, it keeps really well if there are any leftovers. Soups like these make it so easy to have people over, it tastes great and its never stressful to make!

I always enjoy having people over in my home, especially if its during the winter time. We can all hang out, play games, catch up on life all the while eating a cream chicken soup that ties everything together. 

Did I mention that it’s all healthy ingredients and made from scratch?  No fake cream-of-something canned soup or a powder. This creamy chicken and wild rice soup is one for the books. 

Tips for Making Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

  • I know using dried herbs is easy and no hassle, consider using fresh herbs. It will greatly make a difference when you are making this soup.
  • Try to make sure you do not over cook the wild rice. It will be mushy and gross and no one wants that in their soup. 
  • Don’t be afraid to try different parts of the chicken. All white meat or dark meat can really enhance different flavor of the soup that will make it oh so delicious!
  • This recipe is super easy because it uses pre-cooked chicken. I like using this recipe and then using the chicken throughout the week. If you don’t have precooked chicken you can cook one chicken breast or two thighs for this recipe.
  • Make sure you sauté the garlic. Trust me on this one. It changes the flavor. 

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Tools You May Need

Soup pot or dutch oven

Large metal or wooden spoon 

Knife

Cutting board

Measuring spoons

Liquid measuring cups

Bowls for Serving

close up photo of chicken and wild rice soup with carrots and fresh herbs

Can you freeze creamy chicken and wild rice soup?

Yep! Since this soup does not contain a lot of dairy, it will freeze very well. 

How long does it take to cook wild rice?

Wild rice is not the quickest rice to cook. I wish it took only a few minutes to make but alas, sometimes we can’t have nice things. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour if you want the rice to fully cook and no longer be crunchy. Check the packaging for specific directions.

Cook the rice with an ample amount of water, almost as if its pasta. 

How do you know when wild rice is cooked?

After 45 minutes to an hour try a little bit of the rice. It should be soft and easy to chew. If you get some crunch cook the rice for 5 to 10 more minutes.

Since it takes so long, make big batches if you really enjoy this recipe. You can freeze and heat in the microwave once you are ready to use if for dinner. 

Can you overcook wild rice?

Absolutely. Wild rice that is over cooked will be quite mushy and tasteless. Definitely make sure to taste the rice to make sure it fits your preference. 

What can you substitute for wild rice?

For each cup of wild rice, you can use long-grain brown rice which also takes 45 minutes to cook. Another option would be Wild Pecan Rice or 1 cup of brown basmati rice. 

Can you make this chicken and wild rice soup dairy free?

Yes! You can totally skip the butter and use oil instead. You can skip the cream all together or you may also be able to sub a dairy free milk like cashew or almond, but it won’t be quite as creamy.

overhead shot of chicken and wild rice soup in a cream and teal bowl with a turquoise dutch oven in the back

Chicken Wild Rice Ingredients you need:

Butter – Helps add a delicious buttery flavor. You can also use olive oil.

Carrots, celery, and onion – also known as mirepoix, these three ingredient are the main staple of many recipes including soups. They give this soup lots of flavor.

Garlic – robust and full of flavor, garlic always adds a lot to a dish, plus it’s really healthy.

Pre-cooked chicken – I like to make a whole chicken weekly and use it throughout the week in recipes saving time and money. You could also use 1 large chicken breast or two chicken thighs.

Chicken broth – I prefer homemade broth since it is full of healthy collagen, tastes, delicious, and is cheap. I cook a whole chicken and make broth at the same time in the Instant Pot.

Herbs – Rosemary, thyme, parsley and bay give this soup so much flavor and pair so nicely with the cream. You can use fresh or 

Wild Rice – is actually not rice at all, it is actually a type of grass that resembles rice when dried. It is very healthy and gluten free. (source)

Cream – Use half and half, or whole milk. Whole milk won’t give you as creamy of a soup.

How to make Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

  1. Cook wild rice separately. I like to either make this the day before or start it about 20 minutes before I start making the rest of the soup.
  2. If you do not have precooked chicken (I like cooking a whole chicken and broth at the same time in the Instant Pot) already on hand, brown one large chicken breast or two thighs and set aside.
  3. Add butter, celery and onions to your large soup pot. Cook until veggies are soft.sautéing onions
  4. Stir in the carrots, garlic, and herbs. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add your chicken broth, half cooked chicken breast or thighs if not using pre-cooked chicken, and let it come to a boil and then cook for 20 mins.
  6. Reduce the heat. Stir in cream, cooked rice, and pre-cooked chicken (if you are cooking the chicken in the soup, take it out and make sure it is done, then shred it with a fork and add it back in the soup). Simmer for 10 more minutes. Stir occasionally.adding cream and cooked wild rice
  7. Taste and salt as desired. Enjoy.

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close up photo of chicken and wild rice soup with carrots and fresh herbs

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy chicken wild rice soup with hearty vegetables and seasoned just right.
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Author: Amy K
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs butter and/or olive oil
  • 4 carrots roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 5 gloves of garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock preferably homemade bone broth
  • 2 cups whole milk or half & half
  • 1-2 cup shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot, add butter and/or oil, celery, and onions. Cook until soft.
  • Stir in chopped carrots, garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley, and a bay leaf and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Add in chicken stock, let soup come to a boil, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and stir in cream, cooked rice, and chicken, and simmer for 10 more minutes watching carefully so that it doesn't over boil.
  • Place leftover soup in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5380IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wild rice soup
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Originally published in 2014, this post was updated in December 2019.

14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just made this! I substituted coconut cream for the milk and cooked the rice in the pan of chicken broth. It turned out delicious – thank you so much!

  2. Made it exactly according to recipe. Amazing! Hubs is currently eating third bowl. Serve it with a good crusty garlic bread. Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. Just wanted to say that I tried this tonight and both my husband and I loved it. I used 3 tbsp of butter to start, 1 cup of whole milk and 1 cup of half & half, rotisserie chicken, and 1/4 tsp of oregano instead of a bay leaf. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow! I actually have the exact same spoons, forks and knives passed down from my grandmother! Can’t wait to make this, it looks excellent 🙂

    1. Usually whatever is on sale haha! I try to purchase organic wild rice when it’s on sale. But there is no specific brand I go to! Sorry

  5. Looks and sounds delicious! Soup is perfect for a day like today. We are experiencing the polar-vortex right now!

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