Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is rich and flavorful and just right for when you’re craving a little comfort food.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful

Is it ok if I tell you just how surprised I was at how good this soup came out? I mean, I kind of doubted myself for a little bit…but you can keep that just between us, right?

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful

It was 90 degrees in the shade and I had decided to make soup. But I didn’t want just any soup, I wanted super comforting, ultra creamy, chicken and rice soup. I had a ton of shredded chicken that I’d made in the slow cooker (recipe HERE) so I knew it wouldn’t take too long.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful

I sauteed some carrots, celery and onion, then added some spices and seasonings that I randomly grabbed from my pantry. Yes, I seriously looked into my spice cabinet and thought “that sounds good, let’s use that!” Of course there was garlic, and also some bay leaves, thyme and oregano, then salt and pepper. It smelled ah-mazing!!

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful

Next in went the chicken broth and the shredded chicken, and it was all brought to a boil then simmered for about 20 minutes. The final step was to whisk together the heavy cream and milk with some flour, then pour that along with the wild rice into the pot. Another 20 minutes and that soup was creamy, bubbly and absolutely delicious.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 1

The soup did thicken quite a bit while standing, so it was more like a stew by the time we ate it. I just added a little more chicken broth and it was perfect. The nuttiness of the wild rice gives a lovely earthiness that compliments the creamy broth. We’ll definitely be enjoying this over and over this fall for sure!

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful


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A bowl of Chicken and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 celery stalks sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 2-3 carrots sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small white onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2-3 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or more to taste
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8- ounce package uncooked long grain wild rice discard seasoning packet

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add carrots, celery and onion and cook until onions are translucent, stirring often.
  • Add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in chicken and chicken broth and bring to a boil, stirring often. Cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Whisk cream, milk and flour together in a bowl. Whisk into soup until combined.
  • Stir in wild rice and simmer for another 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
  • Divide into bowls and serve hot. Leftover soup can be frozen, if desired.

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Comfort food that perfectly rich and flavorful

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  1. could you use already cooked wild rice in the can ? if so , how much would I use for this recipe. Being from Minnesota I cant wait to make this .

    1. I haven’t seen wind rice in a can. But I think pre cooked rice would be fine if you just add it right before serving.

  2. Wonderful recipe. I’m a beginner at the age of 56! It’s never to late to learn how to cook. I love the fact that you removed the flavor packet. We must use our imagination, and trust our own flavor palette. Hehe thank you

  3. I too was amazed at how awesome this was!!! I used half the amount of flour and it was perfect! Even my hubby….who is so picky….loved it!!!! I am.adding it to our winter rotation. Thank you.

  4. Quick question. Recipe called for 8 oz package of wild rice with seasoning. What brand did you use and is it the box wild rice with season packet? If so, do you use the season packet or discard it?

    1. I discarded the seasoning packet but you could use it if you like. I’ll have to look for the brand…I can’t remember the name! But I do know it was a bag, not a box.

  5. Wow I also just realized this recipe is brand spanking new! I was wondering why there were no other comments on this beautiful recipe lol

  6. Hi! I don’t see how much flour to mix in with the cream and milk. How much should I mix in? Smells amazing so far!

    1. Shoot, thanks for letting me know it was missing. It’s 1/4 cup and you mix it with the cream and milk. Hope you enjoyed it!!

      1. The soup smells amazing! I am not sure what I did wrong but my rice is kind of hard. My daughter loves it! Thanks

        1. Hi Lisa, I’m glad that your daughter loves the recipe! If the rice was still a little crunchy, it probably needed to cook a little while longer. It’s possible the the heat wasn’t up high enough so it would take a little longer. I hope you’ll give it another try – it’s one of my all-time favorite soups!