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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is rich and creamy. It has an amazing texture and is filled with SO much flavor from the chicken, vegetables and wild rice. This soup is quick and easy to make, plus you can use rotisserie chicken to make it even easier. 

A bowl of Chicken Wild Rice soup

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Hi there! This is Natalya from Momsdish. I like simple recipes that use a limited amount of ingredients. No-fuss meals mean eating homemade is accessible to everyone and every schedule. 

If you follow my blog, you know that I am a self-proclaimed soup addict! And, if you love creamy, steamy goodness as much as I do, you are in for a treat. Simply put, I am thrilled for you to try this soup. All you need is a batch of soft dinner rolls and dinner is made! 

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup:

Chicken and wild rice soup is literally a comfy sweater in a bowl. We love warming up to a bowl of steamy soup on a cold day. 

This is also a great soup to make when you are meal-prepping for the week. Make a big batch and have it on hand when your days get a bit hectic. Bonus: This soup gets better as the flavors mellow so your leftovers will just get tastier as the week goes on! 

Packed with chicken, veggies, a wild rice blend (I love the Trader Joe’s bag or get a similar one here) and a dash of cream, this soup hits all the spots. What I love most about this dish is that I can whip it up all in one pot in under an hour. Hello, weeknight dinner rotation! 

Ingredients for the chicken wild rice soup

Hot tip: Have a rotisserie chicken hanging out in the fridge? Use it! Skip adding the raw chicken and shred up your store-bought bird. Once your rice is cooked and your broth is properly seasoned, simply add the shredded chicken into your pot until it is warmed up.

How to Make Chicken Wild Rice Soup:

  1. In a soup pot or Dutch Oven, saute veggies in butter until golden brown. 
  2. Add a little flour and cook until fully incorporated. 
  3. Add cubed chicken, rice, and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and simmer until rice is tender.
  4. Pour in heavy cream, continuously stirring to get a nice, smooth broth. 
  5. Season to taste if needed and serve piping hot!

Step by Step instructions of making Chicken Wild Rice soup

How to Store Chicken and Rice Soup:

Refrigerating is your best bet. The soup will stay fresh for up to a week when stored in an airtight container. Know that the soup will thicken as it cools. This is perfectly normal! Once you reheat it, it will loosen up again.

Can I Freeze Chicken Wild Rice Soup?

I wouldn’t recommend freezing this soup. The cream will break up and separate as the soup freezes, making the reheating not so pretty. 

How to Reheat Creamy Soups:

We recommend reheating only the portion you will use. Reheat on the Stove over low heat, stirring occasionally until hot and steaming and a safe 165˚F. Do not boil a creamy soup or it can separate. If you want the soup a little thinner, add a splash of water or chicken broth.

To microwave, place in a microwave-safe container, partially cover and heat on high heat, stirring every 20-30 seconds until soup reaches your desired temperature (at least 165˚F on an instant-read thermometer).

A Pot of Chicken Wild Rice soup

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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

The ultimate recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Soup that will get you going for refills again and again. It's the true comfort food, loaded with rich and creamy flavor, veggies and protein.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: chicken wild rice soup
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course, Soup
Calories: 307 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup carrots diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 3/4 cup wild rice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast cut into small cubes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat a soup pot or Dutch Oven to medium heat. Saute carrots, onions, and celery in butter until golden brown. 

  2. Add flour and stir until the flour is fully incorporated and the raw flavor is cooked out (about 2 minutes). 

  3. Add wild rice, chicken and season with salt and pepper. Pour 8 cups chicken broth over the ingredients and let everything simmer for 30 minutes, or until rice is cooked to your desired doneness. 

  4. Slowly pour in heavy cream, continuously stirring to create an even texture. 

  5. Cook the soup for about 5 more minutes on medium-low. Season to taste with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve the soup while it’s hot! When it cools down, it will thicken up. Reheat it to loosen up the broth. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 322mg14%
Potassium 415mg12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 3359IU67%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Stephanie
    June 9, 2020

    I love this soup! Any luck making it in the instant pot?!

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  • Fatin
    June 6, 2020

    The recipe is amazing. My entire family loved it. Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2020

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear that Fatin!

      Reply

  • Elise
    May 18, 2020

    Hi – I’m obsessed with your creamy chicken noodle soup (seriously make it every couple of weeks). Definitely want to try this one too. If I prefer shredded chicken in my soups instead of cubed, how might I adjust the steps to make that work? Also what seasonings would you recommend if I like adding extra flavor to my soups? Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 18, 2020

      Hi Elise, I haven’t tested this with shredded chicken but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • SARAH HOOVER
    May 12, 2020

    This soup was easy to make! I did add more seasoning to it like garlic and onion power just because those are my favorites to add to soups. I was worried that my carrots were going to be super crunchy for only 30 mins of cooking, but the carrots were perfect. 1st time cooking with wild rice. served with crusty bread.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 12, 2020

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed this Sarah!

      Reply

  • Alex M
    May 11, 2020

    First time I made this, my gf loved it so much she’s making it for her family.

    Very tasty, very filling and most importantly very very easy to make. I added some finely chopped chillies as I like it hot!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 11, 2020

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that Alex! Thank you for that great review!

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      • Noemi
        June 27, 2020

        What can I use to substitute flour. My husband can’t have any gluten.

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        • Natasha
          June 29, 2020

          Hi Noemi, I haven’t tried, but I think a cup for cup gluten-free flour would work here.

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  • Amy
    April 5, 2020

    Chicken wild rice soup was a staple growing up in Minnesota. This recipe brought me straight back to all of the great memories! This was extremely easy to make and reheating it as leftovers by adding a bit of water worked wonderfully.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2020

      I love it when food brings back good old memories! Thank you for sharing some good vibes and for giving this recipe a great review!

      Reply

  • Mildred B
    March 29, 2020

    I make this soup and excellent flavor, everyone at home loved it. And easy to cook. Now is on my cooking recipe list.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2020

      Sounds like you guys found your favorite recipe. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Leslie J
    March 10, 2020

    I made this soup for a potluck when I knew several people cannot eat tomato or spicy foods. It was simply amazing and people were complimenting me asking for the recipe. I made the soup exactly as indicated with the exception of adding a few small fresh bay leaves and a bit of fresh thyme as they were on hand from a prior recipe. Even my husband loved it and wants the leftovers! If you knew him, you would know how rare that is.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 10, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Leslie!

      Reply

  • Barbara
    March 5, 2020

    this soup is absolutely delicious, i have made it already 4 times in the last 2 weeks…thank you Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 5, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Barabara. That’s so great.

      Reply

  • Lana
    March 1, 2020

    Ohh this soup made my bones dance! It’s a restaurant favorite of mine and have been dreaming of the day you re-create it so that I would know how to make it at home! BAM! you did it! I’ve made it twice in the last week and its a hot commodity in our household! Thanks for the goodness!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 2, 2020

      Love it! Thank you so much for your great feedback. Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Vickie Preston
    March 1, 2020

    Oh my goodness, this soup is delicious. Very easy to make.
    Another winner from Natasha.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2020

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us, Vickie!

      Reply

  • Alice
    February 28, 2020

    I bought exactly the same rice but it was still hard boiling after 30 minutes… I followed the recipe to a T. What could have happened?

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    • Natasha
      February 28, 2020

      Hi Alice, maybe it was a different blend that takes longer? Check what the package instructions say for cooking time – you may just need to cook it longer. Also, make sure it is at a simmer or low boil for the full 25 minutes + 5 minutes at the end.

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  • Mama Nadey
    February 27, 2020

    Love this soup! This is AMAZING. Thanks so much Natasha and Vadim for all you do

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2020

      You are so welcome. Thank you for your great feedback we appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Ella
    February 27, 2020

    This soup was crazy good!!! I added mushrooms since I had some needing to be used and substituted light cream for heavy cream. Also, better than boullion was a fantastic suggestion as well! I am all the way up North in Bangor Maine and it’s storming outside so this soup was perfect!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2020

      That sounds amazing! I bet the mushrooms made it taste that much better! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Albert
    February 25, 2020

    Hi, what is in the bowl between the wild rice and the carrots? It looks like a sort of sauce, but it doesn’t get mentioned….

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    • Natasha
      February 25, 2020

      Hi Albert, great question! That is a product called “better than bouillion” which is a bouillion paste. You can either use that with water or use a chicken broth. Sorry for the confusion. I hope you love the soup!

      Reply

  • Autumn
    February 24, 2020

    This soup is amazing! Despite being super simple, it has plenty of flavor and is well balanced.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2020

      Isn’t the flavor amazing! Thank you for that wonderful review

      Reply

  • Bolbolafni
    February 23, 2020

    I loved it and I love your method to cooking

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Lori R Rosner
    February 21, 2020

    Love this soup! I use a rotisserie chicken and do an extra step of simmering the chicken bones and scraps in the chicken stock for a while to give it super extra flavor.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 21, 2020

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Jan
    February 20, 2020

    This Chicken and rice soup is AMAZING! Probably my favorite soup I’ve found online!! And today is day one! Can’t wait till tomorrow since the flavors become more intense!!!! I didn’t see a video though on YouTube. Just the pic posting. I watch all your videos and have cooked a lot of your recipes! Thanks so much for all you do!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2020

      I’m smiling big reading this comment. Thank you Jan!

      Reply

  • Barbara Babb
    February 20, 2020

    Has anyone tried this in a slow cooker?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2020

      Hi Barbara, I have not tested that but I imagine that may work. If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

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      • Barbara
        February 24, 2020

        I didn’t try the slow cooker but used your method and we really enjoyed the soup. It was even better the second day!

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  • Mary
    February 19, 2020

    I wanted to love this soup but my rice was still hard and half cooked after 30 min boiling it, and I bought exactly same rice that’s in the recipe. I had to dump it out

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2020

      Hi Mary, I’m so sorry to hear that I have not had that experience and I’m more than happy to troubleshoot. Was anything else altered in the recipe?

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      • Mary
        February 20, 2020

        No I didn’t alter anything. So I ended up boiling the soup for around an hour instead of 25 min, but in the end it was really delicious.

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  • Chris Brennan
    February 19, 2020

    Looks very delicious, can this be made in an instant pot?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 19, 2020

      Hi Chris, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Olga
    February 18, 2020

    If I substitute wild rice with white rice, would it be same measurement? I never cooked with wild rice.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2020

      Hello Olga, I haven’t personally tried using white rice to advise. But if you do an experiment please let us know and share with us your experience.

      Reply

  • Chelsea
    February 18, 2020

    This soup is soooo amazing!! It is always a total hit with my family! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2020

      Thanks for your great feedback, Chelsea! Glad you loved this.

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    • Dorothy
      March 16, 2020

      I cant goethe wild rice right now
      🙁 any thots on substitute? I do have regular white rice n I believe brown rice..

      Reply

  • wilhelmina
    February 18, 2020

    I love chicken and rice soup and your recipe is amazing! It turned out so creamy and delicious, I printed this recipe out and will be making it often!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2020

      Very nice and great to hear that this recipe has become a favorite! Thank you for your wonderful feedback.

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    February 18, 2020

    YUM! Such an incredible soup!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    • Natasha
      February 18, 2020

      Thank you! I hope this chicken and rice soup becomes a new favorite for you.

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  • Erin
    February 18, 2020

    This soup is so good on cold winter nights. I just adore creamy soups!

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    • Natasha
      February 18, 2020

      Same here – it’s comfort in a bowl and all I need for dinner because it’s so hearty.

      Reply

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