Chicken Wild Rice Soup

September 10, 2021
1 Ratings
Photo by livingsmartandhealthy
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 40 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Hearty, delicious, this chicken wild rice soup is a pure comfort food at it’s best! Creamy soup packed with earthy flavors of the mushrooms and fresh herbs. Easy to make, this soup will keep you warm on a fall or wintry cold nights. This recipe can be made gluten-free, dairy-free! —livingsmartandhealthy

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup wild blend rice or wild rice, uncooked
  • 2 medium chicken breasts, (around 1 lbs.)
  • 8 ounces Cremini Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth; plus as needed
  • 4 ounces kale leaves, roughly chopped; discard the woody, thick stems
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh Thyme or 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh Rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil; For dairy free use oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups milk (recipe uses whole milk); For dairy free use plant-based milk
  1. Add all the ingredients (except kale), to the inner pot of Instant Pot. Add broth, mix well.
  2. Turn ON pressure cook (high) for 30 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
  3. For the roux, in a saucepan, melt butter over a medium high heat. Add flour and sauté for a minute, or the raw smell of flour is gone.
  4. Gradually whisk in milk. Simmer the mixture for 2-3 minutes, to slightly thicken.
  5. Open the Instant Pot lid. Discard bay leaf, and sprigs of fresh herbs (if using). Remove the chicken, shred or dice into small pieces. Return the chicken pieces to the inner pot.
  6. Turn on sauté mode (normal). Add kale, roux mixture and freshly grated nutmeg.
  7. Simmer the soup for 3-5 minutes, or to a desired consistency. Stir the soup in-between. Turn OFF sauté. Note: The soup will thicken as it cools down.
  8. Enjoy chicken wild rice soup with some salad and some crusty bread!

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2 Reviews

PhillipBrandon May 2, 2022
I didn't realize this was an InstaPot recipe until I'd already shopped for it, but I was happy to find it did just fine in my stove-top pressure cooker (I've wondered that for a while, and never tried it before). This was really tasty! The texture was very nice, and I enjoyed extra flavor of using whole wheat in the roux. We'll be making this again.
dorothyskitchen January 2, 2022
Really delicious, comforting and simple to prepare. Much needed on this cold winter day.