Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

This chicken & wild rice soup recipe is one of my favorites!  It is thick and rich and supper yummy as leftovers. I can’t wait to share with you today my FAVORITE soup recipe ever!  (Shhhh!  Don’t tell my dad!  He will be very upset if he finds out his beloved Chicken Tortilla Soup isn’t my favorite!)  Our chicken tortilla soup is delish, and it’s definitely easier than this soup, but this soup recipe is just so dang DECADENT!  It’s creamy and rich, and it is even better as leftovers than it is fresh!  I made this soup recipe for a big church event once, and it VANISHED off of the table.  I had so many requests for the recipe after that, so today I am going to share it with the world!  I originally got this recipe from the mom of my sister’s friend.  So, basically, I don’t know where it originated.  I just know it’s divine.

***Before we go any farther let me explain one thing, because I have had some distressed readers contact me about the consistency of their soup.  They are upset because it is runny and not like the picture.  I know.  Here’s the deal: these pictures were taken ON THE SECOND DAY of the soup.  The first night it will be more watery like a true soup.  The next day it will be thicker (and more flavorful).  I like to make it in the MORNING or even the night before because it’s my favorite thick.  However, it is still quite tasty the night of.  I didn’t mean to mislead anyone with the pictures, so I do apologize for any confusion.  I had eaten this as leftovers at my sisters’ house and was so upset the first time I made it because it wasn’t thick.  But then it was the following day….  Not sure why, but I just go with it.  I made this soup intending to photograph it the first day, but then something came up with my family to which I needed to attend, and by the time that I was done with that all of the natural light was gone for the day, so I took the pictures the second day.  I apologize for the confusion, and I will definitely take a first day pic next time I make it to include in this post!***

I usually serve this soup in a bread bowl.  I buy the loaves of Rhode’s Bread Dough and follow the instructions on the bag for making bread bowls.  You can cut each loaf in thirds, or if you want the most enormous bread bowls ever you can cut them in half as well.  Either way, it’s mmmmm mmmmm GOOD!  As I said in the bolded and starred paragraph above, the soup seems quite watery on the first day and thickens up by the second day, so if you want it to be as thick as the photos then you should make it in the morning or even the day before you want to eat it.

Now, on to soup recipe!  Enjoy!

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed or shredded
  • 1 box (6 oz) Long Grain and Wild Rice mix (I use Uncle Ben's.)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 4 cups milk (Regular or evaporated. I use a mix.)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • (1/2 tsp poultry seasoning, optional)
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken.
  2. At the same time, cook the rice according to the directions on the box.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter. Add chopped carrots and celery and pepper to taste, and sauté for about 10 minutes until tender. Add flour, cornstarch and the poultry seasoning (optional), and whisk together quickly.
  4. Add chicken broth and milk, whisking quickly as you pour. Cook over medium-low heat stirring often.
  5. When the chicken and rice are finished, cut chicken into bite-size pieces and add both to the soup.
  6. The soup will be runny the first day and thick the second.
  7. Enjoy!
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Sarah is the scattered creative mind behind Bombshell Bling. A former elementary school teacher and a current stay-at-home mom, she loves developing her creativity through her blog and her jewelry design business, Bombshell Bling Jewelry. Sarah is a lover of all things vintage, colorful, and BLING. She is also a sweets addict with a major obsession with s'mores.
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Comments

  1. Amber says

    We are soup lovers, and this recipe looks delicious! It’s a rainy day here in Seattle and this is going to be dinner tonight :-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kelly says

    I followed your direction to the letter and it’s a watery bland mess! I’m so upset because it smelled absolutely delicious and we’re all starving. It’s not thick at all like your photo and as I read the recipe I just kept thinking “four cups of milk AND all that broth?” And there’s not nearly enough rice at all. I’m now tossing in a bag of 10-minute rice just because there’s just not enough. I’m also boiling it and adding more flour and corn starch in hopes of making it edible.

    I’d love to know what you think happened, but “two cans of broth” could be a bit more specific. And how many ounces for the box of rice? I have a feeling my cans and box of rice varied greatly from yours!

    • says

      AY AY AY!!! I am so sorry!!! I really need to retake those pictures so they aren’t so misleading. Here’s the thing: your soup will be watery tonight and PERFECT tomorrow. I am going to go revise my directions and look up the ounces for the soup and rice as soon as I finish this response. I have only ever seen one size of wild rice box, and I just meant a standard, run-of-the-mill can of chicken broth, but I will make it more specific. The soup is always pretty watery the first day and then it gets thick. I made it one day and then something happened with my kids and I couldn’t photograph it that night so I had to take them the next day. Hence the thickness. I hope you end up enjoying it! Sorry for any angst and confusion caused!!! :/

  3. Kelly says

    It took a little trial and error, but the soup was incredible! My entire family loved it including my picky 5-year-old, and my husband requested it be “put into regular dinner rotation.”

    I added a box of minute rice, 1/4 cup more flour and another 1/2 tablespoon of corn starch. The broth was still a little bland, so I tossed in four mini chicken bouillon cubes and it was perfect. I definitely think my broth ounces were way off from what you use, but frankly I think I’d do it the exact same way again, just adding more carrots and celery.

    Thanks for the response about the consistency and I look forward to your update!

  4. says

    This recipe’ll be a hit in our family whether it’s served on the 1st OR the 2nd day! Can’t wait to try it. I’ll be sharing your recipe in an upcoming article featuring hearty fall soups. I know our readers will love it (and the other yummy recipes from your site as well!).
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Candy

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