The coziest creamy chicken and wild rice soup is only about 30 minutes away. This soup is like a warm hug/ fuzzy sweater in soup form. It's perfect for an easy weeknight.
I know this isn't a Valentine's style dinner, but sometimes there is no greater love or gesture of caring than making someone steaming hot, creamy, delicious, nutritious soup.
Maybe this soup is more of a thick creamy stew than a soup, especially if left overnight for the rice to soak up all that creamy broth. But it's so perfect for this polar vortex thing that everyone's got going on. Another thick and creamy soup ideas is this easy potato soup recipe.
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
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One of the first questions you might have is " can I make this in the slow cooker?"
Answer... why, yes. Yes, you can. I've included the instructions here, but I did make this one the stove top, just because it's really easy that way. And I've got a slow cooker soup coming next week that you're going to love!
So, what do you really need to know about this soup, besides how warming it looks? Well, let's go through some pointers...
How to make the coziest creamy chicken wild rice soup
- Start with the holy trinity of flavor... carrot, celery, and onion. Are the bay leaves necessary? Yes!!!
- Skip the cream and make a roux sauce otherwise known as a white sauce or a bechamel. This thickens the soup to "warm blanket" level cozy and skips the calories of heavy cream.
- Lemon. Don't forget to add a good squeeze of lemon to cut through the creaminess and bring balance to the whole soup. Trust me. You may not notice it is in there, but you'll definitely notice if it's missing. Acid is so important in cooking and seasoning food.
- And that dill... also a total non-negotiable. The lemon and dill make the whole bowl of soup come alive and remind you that there is indeed warmth in the world, despite what the weather temperature tells you! You can use parsley if you're not crazy about dill, but it just adds an unexpected flavor twist. And I'm nothing if not unexpected in my cooking.
A couple of notes about this soup, though.
- If you have leftovers, which you probably will, then you should know that this will be more of a rice dish the following day. For most of us, that's perfect. But please feel free to add some extra water or broth to bring this back to soup consistency.
- You can use chicken breast or thighs for this soup, but please make sure it's skinless. The skin will add too much fat to the soup and make it a little on the greasy side.
- Wild rice. Let's chat. You can get the black wild rice, but I didn't have any on hand. I had some red Camargue, which is lovely and nutty. Please invest in something like that or the black wild rice. White rice in this soup just doesn't bring the earthiness and nuttiness that's so imperative at this time of year. We'll leave the white rice for the warmer spring and fall days. The freezing nights and record snowfalls demand something a little richer and cozier.
More Cozy Soups On Salted Mint
- Lightened-Up Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- The Coziest French Onion Soup
- Healthy and Creamy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
Tools used to make this Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- All-Clad Stainless Steel Soup Pot
- Pyrex Mixing Bowls
- Glass Storage Containers
- Garlic Zester/ Microplane
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup wild rice or red Camargue rice
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 ½ cups celery, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 cups chopped mushrooms
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup light cream, optional
For the Roux sauce
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons dill
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over a medium heat. Add the onions, celery and carrot and soften in the oil until fragrant and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, mushrooms, bay leaves, and thyme and continue to sweat for a further 3 minutes.
- Add the wild rice and the chicken breast. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and ensure that the chicken breast is covered. Top up with water if necessary. Bring the pot to a boil and turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, until the rice and chicken are cooked.
- Once cooked, remove the chicken from the pot and use two forks to shred the chicken. Add it back to the pan and add the cream if you’re using it. Set aside while you make the roux sauce.
- To make the roux sauce, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Once it’s melted, add the flour and whisk to combine. Let the flour cook out for about 2 minutes. Slowly pour the milk into the pan while whisking to avoid lumps. Once all the milk has been added, bring the sauce to a boil. As soon as it has boiled it can be removed from the heat and added to the soup. Mix well. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with fresh dill.
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