Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is the perfect comfort soup. Delicious on a cold, winter night!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Over the last 20 years I have probably made 25 or more business trips to Minnesota.

I think each time I have gone I have enjoyed a bowl of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.  It is a Minnesota kind of soup.  I’m not sure why but Minnesota makes the best Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Whether I am there in the summer or winter there always seems to be a bowl of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup to enjoy.

I decided it was time to make it in Oregon.  I started with a recipe from allrecipes and then played around with it a bit.

When cooking the wild rice I used the same trick I use for brown rice and put  a paper towel underneath the pan lid.  It worked great.  Like brown rice, wild rice takes longer to cook than regular rice – allow about 40 minutes.  Cook the rice before putting it into the soup.  It also takes more water – 4 cups water to 1 cup rice.

The soup also has slivered almonds in it and I love the little bit of texture this gives the soup.  I liked it so much I put a few more on top as garnish.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I’d love to hear from any of my Minnesota readers why you are all so famous for Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

I’m also thinking this would be a great soup to serve after Thanksgiving – just make it Turkey and Wild Rice Soup.  A great way to use up any leftover turkey.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (seasoned with salt, pepper and oregano before cooking)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ finely chopped onion
  • ½ C chopped celery
  • ½ C sliced carrots
  • ¾ C all purpose flour
  • 8 C chicken broth
  • 2 C cooked wild rice, cook according to package instructions
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 C slivered almonds
  • 2 C half and half
  1. Pour olive in sauce pan and saute onion, celery and carrots for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the flour and stir well.
  3. Gradually pour in broth and stir constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
  4. Add the cooked rice, cooked chicken, garlic salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, black pepper and almonds.
  5. Heat through and then pour in half an half.
  6. Let simmer about 1 hour. Do not let it come to a boil.
  7. Garnish top of soup with additional almonds if desired.

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Great looking soup! I will have to give it a try. Minnesota is famous for chicken and wild rice soup because the majority of wild rice in this country is grown either there or in California. In fact, wild rice is the State grain in Minnesota!

  2. Lisa says

    This looks delicious! Although I can’t claim this is an official answer, I think we Minnesotans have made this so famous because we do grow wild rice here and the chicken adds to it’s heartiness to get us through our Minnesota winters. It’s a good stick-to-your ribs, comfort food.

  3. Bethany says

    Living in Illinois and having really cold, rainy and windy weather today this was a perfect way to use my leftover onion, carrots and celery from my homemade chicken noodle soup I made last week!!! It is delicious and even my picky three year old said it was tasty and wanted to know if we could have it for dinner!!! It is a big change but I realized half way thru that I didn’t have wild rice so I substituted orzo which is delicious so although it’s not technically chicken & wild rice soup it works for this girl if it means we can have this yummy soup to warm our bellys tonight!!!

  4. says

    So mouthwatering… Good job there Leigh Anne, hmm is Chicken and Wild Rice Soup your original recipe? I wonder what it taste like, it looks delicious. If it okay with you, can I copy the recipe then? I would like to try it myself at home. :)

    Thanks Ahead!

  5. Marisa says

    Hi! I just found your blog through Iheartnaptime. I love it! I’m excited to try this soup – I have a chicken and wild rice soup recipe, but I like the seasonings you put in your soup better. Also, I’ve always made my soup with brown rice because I can’t seem to find wild rice. I’d really like to try it with wild rice. Maybe they just don’t sell wild rice in New Orleans? :-)

  6. kelly says

    i haven’t had wild rice since going gluten free, does it have barley or something in it? not sure if we GF eaters can have wild rice?

  7. says

    I made a variation of this tonight and it was delicious! I kept the bones of it the same, but flavored it with lemon, garlic, sage and thyme instead of the curry powder. Thanks for the idea – it was a hit!

  8. Shirley says

    I also make this soup dairy free by substituting the half and half with a can of coconut milk! It is also our family favorite!!


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