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Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This Creamy Chicken Wild Rice soup is a beloved classic that combines tender chicken, hearty wild rice, and a rich, velvety broth to create a bowl of warmth that’s perfect for any season. This dish is versatile enough to use chicken thighs or breasts, carrots, onions, celery, spinach, or any of your favorite vegetables. This homemade favorite promises warmth and satisfaction in every spoonful.

chicken wild rice soup in a white bowl with a slice of toasted bread
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I am a huge fan of this soup from Panera. I have made my own version and dare I say, it is the best and tastes better?! I also love that I can add in additional vegetables (hello leafy spinach) to boost the nutritional value. I add spinach to just about every soup I make because you can add cups and CUPS and wilts down so much.

You can easily add a good amount of vitamins and minerals this way.

Key Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Wild Rice
  • Broth
  • Garlic – Brandi’s Tip: Grab pre-peeled garlic in the grocery store.
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Celery – Brandi’s Tip: Grab pre-chopped veggies if you can afford them. This will save a lot of time. I love the Trader Joe’s Mirepoix combination that includes chopped onions, celery, and carrots in one container for a few dollars. You can use that entire package in this recipe. Most standard grocers will carry pre-chopped vegetables
  • Spices
  • Flour
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Spinach
collage of 4 photos with carrots, onions, celery, garlic, skinless chicken thighs, spices, and broth in separate bowls

What Type of Rice to Use

It’s best to use wild rice rather than other types of rice. Wild rice has a distinct nutty flavor, a chewy texture, and it holds up well in soups without becoming mushy. It adds a hearty and earthy element to the soup that complements the chicken and vegetables perfectly.

When choosing wild rice, look for either pure wild rice or a wild rice blend that typically includes other types of rice, such as brown or white rice. The wild rice blend can offer a slightly milder flavor while still providing the desirable texture and appearance in your soup. I use this brand that can be found on Amazon or in grocery stores.

wild rice in a glass bowl

What Type of Chicken to Use

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts along with cooked rotisserie chicken will work best. I used chicken thighs.

Chicken breasts are lean, tender, and easy to shred or cut into chunks. They can also be less flavorful compared to dark meat but works well with the creamy, rich sauce.

Chicken thighs are more flavorful and juicier than breasts, with a slightly richer taste. They also have more fat, which adds more richness to the soup, along with calories.

How to Make Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until browned on all sides.
  2. In the same pot, add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until translucent.
  3. Sprinkle the flour throughout and stir well to combine.
  4. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and rice. Stir repeatedly.
  5. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then simmer and cover the pot with the lid
  6. Open the pot and stir in the heavy cream and spinach. Let the soup simmer.
collage of 4 photos with chicken, carrots, onions, and celery in a Dutch oven on the stove
collage of 4 photos with chicken soup with wild rice in a Dutch oven on the stove
creamy chicken wild rice soup in a red Dutch oven with a wooden spoon

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

I use a wild rice blend. You can find the exact brand I used in the recipe here. The cook time is around 20-30 minutes for this brand.

If using a blend of wild rice with other types of rice (like brown rice or white rice), cooking times can vary. Follow the package instructions for the specific blend you’re using. This is important. Some blends can cook within 15-20 minutes, while others require 45-60 minutes of cook time.

Pure wild rice typically takes about 45-60 minutes to cook.

creamy chicken wild rice soup in a red Dutch oven with a wooden spoon

How to Thicken the Soup

Flour is used to thicken the soup. You will sprinkle flour onto the sauteed onions, carrots, and celery prior to adding broth. The soup will thicken as it cooks.

You can swap out flour for cornstarch, if you wish. Once the soup has simmered and the rice is cooked, mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water or broth in a small bowl until smooth. This will make a slurry. Slowly pour it into the soup and stir until the soup begins to thicken.

creamy chicken wild rice soup in a red Dutch oven with a wooden spoon

How to Substitute Heavy Cream

You can swap out the cream using half and half or milk. You can also use full fat coconut milk or 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. Half and half, milk, and coconut milk aren’t as thick as heavy cream, so using these will alter the texture of the soup, so keep that in mind.

chicken wild rice soup in a white bowl with a spoon

Substitution and Add-Ins Ideas

  • Bell Peppers
  • Mushroom
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Grated Cheddar
  • Bacon
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Almonds
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Croutons
chicken wild rice soup in a white bowl with a spoon

What Type of Pot to Use

A large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven is ideal. I use this Dutch oven from Amazon. Heavy-bottomed pots distribute heat more evenly, which is crucial for preventing the ingredients from sticking or burning. Cast iron or enameled cast iron Dutch ovens retain heat well, which helps in maintaining a consistent simmer throughout the cooking process.

How to Avoid Mushy Rice

If you follow the cook times on the package of your rice you should be able to avoid mushy rice. If you encounter issues, here are some other things you can try:

  • Cook Rice Separately: Cook the wild rice separately from the soup. Once the rice is cooked to your desired texture, add it to the soup just before serving. This prevents the rice from absorbing too much liquid and becoming mushy.
  • Under-cook the Rice: If you prefer to cook the rice in the soup, under-cook it slightly. Wild rice typically takes longer to cook than other types of rice, so cook it until it’s just al dente. It will continue to cook and soften in the soup.
  • Storage: If you plan on having leftovers, store the rice and soup separately. When reheating, combine the two. This prevents the rice from becoming overly soft as it sits in the broth.

How to Store

Leftovers can be stored tightly covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

You can reheat the dish in the microwave or on the stove at medium heat until warm.

chicken wild rice soup in a white bowl with a slice of toasted bread

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the soup tightly covered and sealed for a few months (for optimal freshness). If you know you plan to freeze the soup, cook the rice separately from the soup. Over time, the rice may become mushy. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

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Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This Creamy Chicken Wild Rice soup is a beloved classic that combines tender chicken, hearty wild rice, and a rich, velvety broth to create a bowl of warmth that's perfect for any season. This dish is versatile enough to use chicken thighs or breasts, carrots, onions, celery, spinach, or any of your favorite vegetables. This homemade favorite promises warmth and satisfaction in every spoonful.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken wild rice soup, cream of chicken and wild rice soup, creamy chicken wild rice soup, turkey and wild rice soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 413kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until browned on all sides, about 4-5 minutes.
    1 teaspoon olive oil, 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, Salt and pepper to taste
  • In the same pot, add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
    ½ cup diced celery, ½ cup diced onions, ½ cup diced carrots, 4 garlic cloves
  • Sprinkle the flour throughout and stir well to combine. Add the flour in stages to avoid excess drying.
    1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Gradually whisk in the chicken broth and rice. Stir repeatedly, ensuring there are no lumps. Deglaze the bottom of the pan using your spoon.
    6 cups broth, 1 cup wild rice
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then lower the heat to simmer and cover the pot with the lid and lower the heat to low to let the soup simmer for about 20-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.
    The cook time of the soup will vary greatly based on the type of rice you use and the brand. Read the instructions on the package. Ultimately, the soup is finished when the rice is soft and the chicken is tender.
  • Open the pot and stir in the heavy cream and spinach. Let the soup simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Taste repeatedly and adjust the spices, salt, and pepper to suit your taste.
    1 cup heavy whipping cream, 3-4 cups fresh spinach or mixed greens

Notes

I prefer shredded chicken vs cubed chicken, so I keep the chicken thighs intact while cooking. While the soup simmers, the chicken will become really tender and break down and shred easily on its own.
Browning the chicken first will allow the spices to penetrate the meat for ultimate flavor. This also helps produce juicy chicken. You can skip this step if you wish.
The cook time of the soup will vary greatly based on the type of rice you use and the brand. Read the instructions on the package. If your rice takes 40-60 minutes to cook, then you will need to adjust your cook time accordingly. Ultimately, the soup is finished when the rice is soft and the chicken is tender.
The texture of this soup is really thick and creamy. It will also thicken up more as it stands and after being refrigerated. You can always thin out the soup using extra broth or water.
If you don’t want creamy soup and you are looking for something brothy, omit the whipping cream.
You can swap out the cream using half and half or milk. You can also use full fat coconut milk or 4 ounces of softened cream cheese. Half and half, milk, and coconut milk aren’t as thick as heavy cream, so using these will alter the texture of the soup, so keep that in mind.
If you follow the cook times on the package of your rice you should be able to avoid mushy rice. If you encounter issues, here are some other things you can try:
    • Cook Rice Separately: Cook the wild rice separately from the soup. Once the rice is cooked to your desired texture, add it to the soup just before serving. This prevents the rice from absorbing too much liquid and becoming mushy.
    • Under-cook the Rice: If you prefer to cook the rice in the soup, under-cook it slightly. Wild rice typically takes longer to cook than other types of rice, so cook it until it’s just al dente. It will continue to cook and soften in the soup.
    • Storage: If you plan on having leftovers, store the rice and soup separately. When reheating, combine the two. This prevents the rice from becoming overly soft as it sits in the broth.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g
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