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Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

creamy chicken wild rice

So here I am all hunkered down in my warm sweater.  Outside the wind is a-howlin’, and I’m feeling darn chilly.  (Of course I’m kind of chilly all the time. I’m like that joke from When Harry Met Sally.  I have a coat on when it’s 70 degrees). 😀

But I’m all right with it being cold and blustery.  I have a huge mug of lavender tea and I have creamy chicken wild rice soup!

I love me some soup.  I could have it for a meal every day and be completely content.  But I have to say that generally I go for the creamy soups more.  This is a complete 360 from when I was a kid.  Back then I was all about chicken noodle with a bunch of Saltines or oyster crackers on the side.  But aren’t a lot of kids that way?  I think it’s in the kid handbook or something, along with Dunkeroos. (Anyone else remember those?  If you don’t, your probably healthier for it). 😉

I’ve been making this soup for a good while now.  It’s inspired by a potato soup recipe that I found Tips From a Typical Mom.  Basically I looked at that recipe, saw how creamy it was and thought “Hmm, I wonder if I could use that as a base for wild rice soup?”  Answer: yes!  In fact, if you like creamy soups like I do, you may want to use the base for a soup of your own.  A creamy veggie soup would be lovely too.

creamy chicken wild rice

I’ve had plenty of creamy soups before, but this stands out to me as creamier than the rest.   And it only takes a stick of butter, whole milk, and heavy cream!  Haha.  I mean, you make a roux with butter and flour the way you would if you made pot pie.  It doesn’t get much richer than that.  😎.  It’s like Scrooge McDuck swimming in his money pool rich. 😀  Am I aging myself now?

It probably goes without saying that this isn’t a soup to make if you’re counting calories.  This is soup to make when it’s getting frosty outside and you need a warm up.

If you’re in a cold climate like me, stay warm!  If you’re not, you lucky duck!

creamy chicken wild rice

Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup
  • 1-1½ cups wild rice, cooked to package instructions.
  • Meat of 1 rotisserie chicken
  • ½ cup green onion
  • 8 oz white mushrooms
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  1. Cook wild rice according to package instructions and set aside when done.
  2. Pick the meat off of the rotisserie chicken and set aside.
  3. In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat up some olive oil. When hot, add onions and mushrooms and let cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened.
  4. Add milk, broth, salt, seasoned salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat until very hot, about 8 minutes. (Don't let it come to a boil).
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt the butter. When melted, add in flour and stir constantly until all of the flour is incorporated and it begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
  6. While whisking the soup constantly, add in the butter mixture and stir until incorporated.
  7. Allow soup to simmer for 30 minutes on low so the flavors can meld. In the last ten minutes of this time, add in the rice and chicken.
  8. Add in the cream and stir until combined.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Marsha @ Marsha's Baking Addiction October 10, 2015, 11:02 am

    I absolutely love chicken soup on chilly days/nights. This looks so warm and appetizing!

    • Amanda October 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Thanks, Marsha! I love how soup can always warm you right up.

  • My Dish is Bomb October 10, 2015, 2:03 pm

    I tend to only eat soup when it’s absolutely freezing. This one looks so warm and hearty, I love putting wild rice in soups because it gives the soup so much depth!

    • Amanda October 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Thanks! I love wild rice too. Here in Minnesota it’s everywhere, and I’m totally fine with that!

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat October 10, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Oh my gosh- I love making soups! They are just the perfect fall and winter meal- so easy and so comforting!

    • Amanda October 12, 2015, 4:46 pm

      Yep, nothing says comfort like a big bowl of soup on a cold day! 🙂

  • Annie@ciaochowbambina October 11, 2015, 7:49 am

    Mmmm – just perfect for these chilly autumn days!

    • Amanda October 12, 2015, 4:47 pm

      Thanks, Annie!

  • Remya @ Forks N Knives October 11, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Thanks a lot for stopping by my page Amanda. This soup looks delicious. I have never quit purchased wild rice yet, it’s probably time to try them out.

    • Amanda October 12, 2015, 4:48 pm

      Thanks! Wild rice is a little thicker than other rice, so it can take a while to cook, but I love the flavor. 🙂

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 12, 2015, 3:16 pm

    I love adding wild rice to my soups – it makes them so much more filling and comforting, doesn’t it.

    • Amanda October 12, 2015, 4:50 pm

      Yes, it does! A restaurant up in Northern Minnesota actually has delicious wild rice French toast. I’d love to try to recreate that!

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen October 13, 2015, 7:04 am

    This chicken soup looks so rich, comfy and delicious. Perfect for these cooler fall nights! 🙂

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