Wild Rice Chicken Soup

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Autumn is certainly here and that means it’s soup season. I mean, we like to eat soup all year round, but it is at least once a week once the weather turns cooler. This hearty salad is the perfect full meal soup for your family to enjoy. Wild Rice Chicken Soup is full of great homey flavors of mushrooms, carrots, celery, along the woody flavors of the wild rice.

Wild Rice Chicken Soup

The really great part of this soup is that it doesn’t actually take that long to build amazing flavor. By using the chicken broth instead of water to start the soup off, you have already upped the flavor. Tarragon and Thyme are amazing flavors to use with chicken and work so well with the wild rice. As always, when cooking something with bay leaf – be sure that you remove it from the pot before serving. No one wants to bite into the bay leaf.

Wild Rice Chicken Soup

I opted to cook the rice separately from the soup itself mostly because I do not like when the rice gets super mushy. The time it takes to cook the chicken through and properly soften the veggies, usually over cooks the rice. I like to use chicken broth to cook the rice so that it has similar flavor and blends well with the soup (not as a separate side dish).

As I mentioned, this is a very hearty soup. I found some rosemary sourdough that I simply toasted and buttered. It was a beautiful compliment to the flavors of the soup. If you wanted to make this soup as a meal prep – I would encourage you to keep the rice and soup separate until you are ready to reheat it. Wild rice has a tendency to absorb all liquids and turn to mush, so use caution.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Wild Rice Chicken Soup

A hearty and filling soup packed with mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and garlic.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken, chicken and rice, chicken soup, wild rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Chicken Breast
  • 2 Large Carrots diced
  • 3 stalks Celery diced
  • 8 oz White Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Small White Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 3 qt Chicken Broth divided
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Tarragon
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups Wild Rice


  • In a large stock pot over medium heat, add 2 quarts chicken broth, chicken, carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, onions, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, tarragon, thyme and bay leaf. Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes.
  • In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, add rice and remaining chicken broth. Bring to a rolling boil. Cover with lid, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from stock pot and chop up. Return to pot and let continue to simmer until rice is done cooking.
  • Add a portion of cooked rice to a bowl and ladle soup over top.
    *Be sure not to serve the Bay Leaf

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Wild Rice Chicken Soup

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