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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

April 23, 2017 (Last Updated: March 2, 2019)

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.

Wild rice for creamy chicken and wild rice soup

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 of creamy chicken and wild rice soup

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. 

Hearty and delicious Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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

 

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. #soup #chickensoup

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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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. 

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

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 1632mg 68%
Potassium 672mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 80.2%
Vitamin C 30.9%
Calcium 17.3%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Chill
    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
      Kathy
      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


    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
    Abra
    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
      Kathy
      April 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

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

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    April 29, 2017 at 4:15 am


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

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Thanks, Katie!

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

    this is soup looks really tasty ?

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


    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!

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


    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! 🙂

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    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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