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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

April 23, 2017 (Last Updated: January 24, 2020)

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This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a family favorite.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup in a white bowl.

It may be spring, but the evenings are still cool and sometimes even darned right cold. A nice bowl of soup always is satisfying and warms me right up! 

What is a wild rice mix?

Wild rice mix is a mixture of different types of rice. Typically you will find wild rice, white rice and brown rice. Sometimes you will also find red rice added too. Make certain your mix does not contain any flavorings. You just want the rice. You could also use all wild rice instead of the blend.

Does the wild rice get cooked before adding to the soup?

No, the wild rice gets added directly to the soup and is cooked right in the soup. 

How long does it take for the wild rice to cook in the soup?

It takes approximately 30-45 minutes for the rice to cook in the soup.

A plateful of wild rice mixed with other rice.

I’m not going to lie. One of our favorite soups has been from a packet that you just dump into a pot, add water and cook. It goes with us on camping trips and I’ve used it at home when I’m in need of a quick soup.

My daughter has been after me for a while to make this soup from scratch. After a couple of trials, I finally nailed a perfect creamy chicken and wild rice soup!

Bowl creamy soup topped with chopped chives sitting on a blue napkin.

My kids make great taste testers. They are usually game for just about anything and boy do they give me honest feedback. Sometimes they can be a bit vague, “It’s just not good.” or “It needs something more.”

Sometimes they are spot on with what they think, “It needs to be thicker and creamier.” This last comment held true with this soup.

I was trying to get it thick and creamy without using a ton of heavy cream. The first few batches I made tasted delicious, but were a bit too soupy.  Hmmmm….you would think soupy would be a good description for soup! But this soup is a creamy soup and it needed to be creamy.

How can I thicken soup?

When I want a thicker soup, I often add cornstarch mixed with a bit of water. Add just a bit at a time so you don’t over thicken. 

Thick soup with chicken and carrots and topped with fresh chopped chives.

Can I reheat this soup?

Yes! This soup can be reheated. Just place in a pot and reheat over a low temperature. 

This soup can be eaten as a light dinner or lunch. It was perfect eaten right after it was made, but it seems to get even better the next day. All the flavors really develop and meld together. Either way it is delicious!

Other Great Soup Recipes

Creamy Tomato Soup

Enchilada Soup

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Corn Chowder

Creamy Potato Soup

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4.8 from 5 votes
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

Hearty and delicious soup with chicken and wild rice. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup with wild rice, creamy chicken soup, soup with wild rice
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 316 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup wild rice mix
  • 1 cup cooked chicken diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  1. In a soup pot over medium heat add oil.  Add celery, onion, and carrots. Saute for 5-8 minutes until soft.  Stir in garlic. Continue cooking for 1 minute. 

  2. Add chicken broth and wild rice.  Stir and cook for 45 minutes, until rice is cooked.

  3. Stir in chopped chicken, salt, pepper and thyme.

  4. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Pour into soup mixture while stirring. Simmer over medium for 10 minutes.  

  5. Stir in milk half and half. When heated through, soup is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Always add salt and pepper to taste. I use homemade chicken broth without any salt and often need to add a bit more salt than stated in the recipe.Ā 

If you want a thicker, creamier soup, substitute milk for all half and half.Ā 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 1632mg71%
Potassium 672mg19%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 4010IU80%
Vitamin C 25.5mg31%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    December 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    What does wild rice mix mean? Did I miss something? Is that cooked or raw rice? Help!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      You can purchase a mix of wild rice and long grain rice at the store. You could also use all wild rice.

  • Reply
    debi at Life Currents
    April 30, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I love a good creamy wild rice soup and this one looks great. I could eat soup year round, even when it’s hot, which it is here already. Sigh, I like the cold weather.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    April 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    5 stars
    I am a huge soup fan, and this reminds me of one I bought a lot at a cafe by where I went to school. Delicious!

  • Reply
    April 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I lived in Minnesota for one year and a version of this soup was my lunch every single day. I just started making it last year and find it so comforting! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    • Reply
      April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      I hope it’s as delicious as the one you remember!

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    Katie Crenshaw
    April 29, 2017 at 4:15 am

    5 stars
    This is such a pretty, lovely bowl of good old fashioned soul food. YUMMM!!!!! I will be making this.

    • Reply
      April 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks, Katie!

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    Pamela @BrooklynFarmGirl
    April 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

    this is soup looks really tasty ?

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    Vicky @Avocado pesto
    April 28, 2017 at 5:57 am

    5 stars
    Love that you re-created the packet soup and made it into a home cooked version! I have recently started cooking a lot more with wild rice and just love it! I have my own version of chicken and rice soup but will have to try yours!

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    Helene D'Souza
    April 28, 2017 at 5:26 am

    5 stars
    That looks like a nutritious soup. I never thought of making a wild rice soup but I can see how it works with the chicken and thyme. Great flavors! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    April 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I am such a sucker for any sort of wild rice soup! This looks so cozy and comforting!!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    April 25, 2017 at 11:19 am

    We had a snowfall in the morning, can you believe it? It doesn’t really feel like Spring here and this soup sounds just the right fit for this unpredictably cold weather. So much in love with this thick and creamy texture of this delish soup. šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 5:41 am

      One day the weather will turn warmer! In the meanwhile, we will just need to keep eating soup!

  • Reply
    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    April 25, 2017 at 6:35 am

    There is something so calming and comforting about soup! This one especially, with it creamy base and rice I could eat this anytime morning, noon or night! Take care.

    • Reply
      April 26, 2017 at 5:42 am

      I think soup has magical qualities!

  • Reply
    April 25, 2017 at 3:43 am

    sounds really comforting!!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    April 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Kids sure can be totally honest. I’m glad you figured out how not to make soupy soup! This sure looks like you nailed it!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    This is one of my husband’s favorite soups Kathy! Pinning and trying soon!

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    April 24, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Pinned this because it’s totally my ideal soup!! And I’m pretty much always cold, even int he summer, so this works for me any time! I also admit that I enjoy a canned butternut squash soup when I want something quick šŸ™‚

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 24, 2017 at 5:59 am

    We had snow here this weekend!! Spring just won’t come! But this soup will certainly make things better! I love creamy soups and this one looks super delicious. Love the wild rice in there. What a perfect dinner with a hunk of bread for dunkin’ šŸ™‚ !! Pinned!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    April 24, 2017 at 5:56 am

    My husband actually really likes canned soup, so no judgement on the packet soup here! The weather here has been rainy and cold the past two days, so soup is definitely on the menu! Loving this chicken and wild rice soup!! Gimme all the creamy-dreamy soup! Cheers!

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    David @ Spiced
    April 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I totally hear ya about Spring, Kathy! It’s like 2 steps forward and then 1 step back. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still soup season here…and this soup sounds amazing! I am a huge sucker for a good creamy soup, and I could totally get behind having a bowl of this one for dinner tonight. Looks delicious! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    April 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

    4 stars
    We woke up today to a snowy landscape, again. Spring definitely is lost somewhere. Your soup would be just what the doctor ordered. It looks great and the perfect amount of creamy!

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      April 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Spring just seems to be having a tough time getting here! This soup should help!

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