Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is the perfect fall soup recipe to kick off the season. It’s creamy, delicious, and filled with the best ingredients. Make a batch of this creamy chicken and rice soup to warm you up all season long!

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a creamy, hearty, delicious soup that is sure to warm you up. It’s one of my favorite fall soup recipes, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Fall is finally here! Besides the countdown to the holidays, my favorite thing about this time of year is the countdown to soup season! It still feels like summer around here, but I know the crisp cool air will make an appearance soon. So I’m preparing for the change in weather with my favorite fall soup recipes. And this Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is one of the best!

Everyone loved my mom’s Creamy Chicken Soup, so I know you guys will love this creamy chicken and rice soup too. It’s filled with chicken, bacon, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, mushrooms, fresh thyme, wild rice, and so much more. This soup is just a bowl full of the best ingredients, and it’s so creamy and delicious. I can’t get enough of this hearty soup. It’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons!

If you like Panera’s Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, then you’re going to love this homemade chicken and rice soup even better. There’s so much more flavor to this, and you can make it at home and save it to eat over and over again!

This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is one of my favorite fall soup recipes. Chicken, bacon, wild rice, chicken broth, and tons of vegetables and herbs. So delicious!

 

A white bowl filled with creamy chicken and rice soup

A bowl of homemade chicken and rice soup, with pieces of bread surrounding it

Fall Soup Recipes

There’s something so exciting about the fall season. Maybe it’s because it’s apple and pumpkin season, so I can make all the things with them. Or maybe it’s just because I know Thanksgiving is almost here, which means I can make all the best comfort food recipes. Or maybe it’s because it’s soup season, so I can just throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and end up with the most delicious, warming, comforting meal ever. Whatever it is, it’s clear that I love fall because of the food!

I’m excited for all of the fall soup recipes that I get to cook up, eat, and then share with you guys. This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is just the start. There are so many easy soup recipes to try, so we should all probably get cooking!

Two bowls of creamy chicken and wild rice soup

Two bowls of creamy chicken and rice soup topped with bacon, carrots, and thyme

What’s in Chicken and Wild Rice Soup?

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup is just loaded with all of the best ingredients you can think of. Imagine all of the things you’d want to put into a hearty, warm fall soup recipe, and I guarantee it’s in this creamy chicken and rice soup!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Chicken Broth/Stock
  • Wild Rice
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Thyme
  • Mushroom Soup
  • White Wine

How to Make Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

All you need to make this creamy chicken and rice soup is one pot. Soups are pretty awesome like that; you just throw everything into a pot, let it cook on the stove, and you’re done.

  1. Cut up the bacon and cook it in the dutch oven over medium heat, just until crispy.
  2. Remove bacon from the pot & set aside. Drain bacon grease but leave 2 tablespoons of fat in the pot.
  3. Place seasoned chicken breasts in the pot and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes (internal temperature should reach 150°F, it will finish cooking later), then remove the chicken and set it aside.
  4. Turn heat to medium, add carrots, celery, and onions to the pot and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Then add garlic, mushrooms, & thyme, and saute another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Pour in the wine, then add the chicken stock and bring soup to a boil.
  7. Add the wild rice to the soup and bring it back to a boil, then lower the heat and let the soup simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Cut up the chicken into small pieces. Then add in the chicken, mushroom soup, and half of the bacon, and let the soup simmer another 15 minutes.

Once the creamy chicken and wild rice soup is done cooking, just ladle into your bowls and top it with the rest of the bacon bits. Creamy, warm, and so delicious! Check the recipe card for detailed instructions.

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A bowl of creamy chicken and wild rice soup, filled, with chicken, carrots, bacon, mushroom soup, chicken broth, and more

What Goes with Chicken and Wild Rice Soup?

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup is absolutely loaded with ingredients, which makes it a nice hearty meal all on its own. Serve up big bowls of it with a crusty bread that you can dip in, and you’re good to go. A simple meal that is incredibly tasty! You could also serve a smaller portion of this soup alongside a sandwich or salad.

Can you freeze Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup?

Soups are so easy to freeze and save for later. I love making big batches of my favorite fall soup recipes early in the season, then freezing them so I can just heat them up for dinner throughout the following weeks/months. Just store the soup in airtight, freezer-safe containers and it will keep for up to 3 months.

Close up on a bowl of soup with carrots, bacon, rice, chicken, and thyme

I can’t wait for you guys to try this Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. It tastes so good and it will warm you right up. Make a batch of it and get fall soup season going ASAP!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Enjoy!

If you like this creamy chicken and rice soup, try these other fall soup recipes:

4.17 from 12 votes
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is the perfect fall soup recipe to kick off the season. It's creamy, delicious, and filled with the best ingredients. Make a batch of this creamy chicken and rice soup to warm you up all season long!
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is the perfect fall soup recipe to kick off the season. It's creamy, delicious, and filled with the best ingredients. Make a batch of this creamy chicken and rice soup to warm you up all season long!
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and rice soup, chicken and wild rice soup, chicken soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 364 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Ingredients
  • 6 bacon slices cut into ¼-inch lardons
  • 3 chicken breasts or 3 cups rotisserie chicken meat
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 2 medium stalks celery cut into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1 small yellow onions diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 ounces fresh button mushrooms diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • 8 cups 2 quarts Homemade Chicken Stock (or low-sodium canned broth)
  • 1 cup wild rice uncooked
  • cups homemade mushroom soup or 1 (14.5 ounce can Cream of Mushroom Soup)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup semi-dry or dry white wine Chardonnay works well
Instructions
  1. Add the bacon to a cold Dutch oven and set the heat to medium.
  2. Cook the bacon just until crispy, and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat from the pot. Once the excess bacon has cooled, refrigerate it for another use.
  4. *Note – if using rotisserie chicken meat, skip this next step.
  5. Salt and pepper the chicken breast on both sides, and place them in the
  6. heated pot. Cook the breasts, without turning, for 2-3 minutes or until the pan side of the breast has nice color. After 3 minutes, flip the breasts over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the internal temperature is 150°F (the chicken will finish cooking in the soup). Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with foil.
  7. Turn the heat to medium and, if needed, add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
  8. Add the carrots, celery and onion to the Dutch oven and sauté 2 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Add the garlic, mushrooms and thyme leaves; sauté 2-3 minutes.
  10. Slowly pour in the wine, while scraping the pan, to deglaze the tasty bits from the pan.
  11. Add the chicken stock, and bring the soup to a boil.
  12. Add the rice and return the soup to a boil.
  13. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  14. While the soup simmers, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.
  15. Add the mushroom soup, cooked chicken (or rotisserie chicken meat) and half the cooked bacon. Simmer the soup an additional 15 minutes or until the rice is tender and the soup has thickened to a desired consistency.
  16. Season to taste.
  17. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with reserved crispy bacon and serve with slices of crusty bread.
  18. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1113mg 46%
Potassium 822mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 103.2%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 10.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments

Angelina
This sounds sooo tasty! I'll be making it on the evening when we expect to get our first frost of the season (can't wait). I like to use Baby Bella (Crimini) mushrooms, and will use Heart Healthy canned soup. I think diced slab bacon will work nicely in this recipe, and I'm loving the fresh thyme & the Chardonnay. Even though I haven't yet made it, I'm already giving it 5 *s. Thanx for this awesome recipe. :-)
Lynne S.
I made this soup two nights ago and it was SO delicious. I live in Europe so I had to modify slightly some of the ingredients, but still a hit in our home! It took me a lot longer to prep than 20 mins but that's because I'm not a professional. And, I have a 3 year old. :) Another hit from Becky!
Joyce
This looks delicious. I want to try it but my husband will not eat mushrooms. Any suggestions for replacing the mushrooms and the mushroom soup?
Joyce
I want to try this recipe but my husband will not eat mushrooms. Any suggestions for a substitute for the mushrooms and mushroom soup in the recipe?
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