Only one more week until the start of Fall!!! I have been super busy in the kitchen creating all sorts of yummy soups and chowders. This cozy, Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe is now one of my Hubby’s favorites! A generous helping of hearty vegetables and warm, creamy broth are like a delicious hug! With the use of rotisserie chicken, this cold weather soup is relatively quick and easy to prepare. This is one classic soup that will warm your heart, and satisfy your tastebuds on any chilly fall or winter evening.
My TikTok followers are requesting more, and more soup recipes. Honestly, I am not mad about it! In fact, I love stirring the pot and creating comforting bowls of hot and hearty soup. Be sure to watch the step-by-step video below in the recipe. You will see just how easy it is to make a creamy soup.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP
Growing up, soup was a big deal in my house. Although, I only recall my Mom making more “soupy” type soups. If you know what I mean? Honestly, even her homemade chili is more of a “stoup.” For me, I enjoy creating all types of soups, stews, chowders and creamy soups.
The base of this Creamy Chicken Rice Soup starts with a classic mirepoix of celery, onions and carrots. Since I am not a huge fan of chunky vegetables, you will notice that I dice all, very tiny. However, feel free to cut to your liking.
The mirepoix is softened for a few minutes in a touch of butter and olive oil to release the sweetness.
Let’s Talk Chicken!
As mentioned earlier, to make this Chicken and Rice soup quick and easy, dice up the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken. As an alternative, you can toss a few boneless chicken breasts into the broth. Allow to simmer until fully-cooked. Remove and shred.
- Soften the mirepoix on medium-low heat to avoid them from browning or burning.
- Season the vegetables with salt and pepper as they sauté.
- Add the garlic after the mirepoix has softened to ensure the garlic will not brown.
- Add other fresh herbs too (rosemary is a great addition).
- Be sure to cook off the raw flour taste prior to adding the stock.
- A roux can be used instead of dusting the vegetables with flour.
- Vegetable stock can be used instead of chicken stock.
- For a lactose-free soup, use only olive oil to sauté the vegetables and replace the cream with your favorite dairy-free option.
- Medium or long-grain rice, or even orzo can be used instead of wild rice.
- Wilt spinach or other greens in the final minutes of cooking to incorporate even more vegetables.
- Do NOT forget to discard the bay leaves!
NOTE: It may seem like a lot of chicken broth. Rest assured, the rice will soak up a fair amount and you will need the extra soup stock once the chicken is added.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CREAMY CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP?
Seriously, I would highly recommended serving a big bowl of this Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup with a side of crusty bread. Also, you may want to think about doubling this recipe for hearty eaters.
Leftovers are a bit of a challenge as the rice will soak up most of the remaining broth. Honestly, the next day Creamy Chicken Rice does not sound too bad.
If you so desire, warm leftovers with a bit more chicken stock to bring back that “soupy” texture!
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