Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

I had a fun giveaway post planned for today, but when I looked back at my blog and realized I hadn’t shared this soup with you yet, I knew this needed to take precedence. (Don’t worry – giveaway will be Monday!) If there was ever a soup that would be perfect for turkey leftovers, this is it. It is so good. So good. (sorry…felt that needed more emphasis). Mike declared it the best soup I’ve ever made, we ate it for days straight, and I already want to make more. I made it with chicken, but I’m convinced it would be just as good, if not better, with turkey. As an added bonus, it has such a unique flavor that you don’t feel like you’re eating leftovers!

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This soup is the epitome of comfort food. It’s warm, creamy, full of chicken and vegetables, and the unique flavor had me saying “yummm” with a big smile on my face after taking one bite. I found the recipe on Melanie’s site, and modified the ingredients slightly to suit our tastes. You can adjust the creaminess of the soup by how much broth you add and how long you let it cook. You can also play around with the vegetables according to your preferences (although I’d say the mushrooms are pretty much essential). Don’t be nervous about the combination of mustard powder and curry powder (as I was). Just dump it in and prepare for the amazing flavor it produces. Please try this soup. Whether with leftover turkey or with chicken, this is sure to be one of your favorite soups.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


½ cup butter
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
½ cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, sliced
½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
¾ cup all-purpose flour
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups whole milk


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery and carrots and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add the mushrooms and sauté 3-4 more minutes. Then add flour and stir well. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly. Bring the soup just to a boil and then reduce heat to low and let simmer, while stirring, for 5-6 minutes, until it has thickened slightly.

Next, add the chicken, rice, salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley and ground black pepper. Allow all the ingredients to heat through and then pour in the milk. Let the soup gently simmer (not boil) for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. It will thicken slowly as it cooks. If it gets too thick, add some extra chicken broth before serving.

*Note: If you start with raw chicken just saute the chicken with the vegetables in the first step until cooked through.

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43 Responses to “Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup”

  1. 1

    Melanie — November 24, 2010 @ 2:58 am

    Your pictures are lovely, Megan – and I'm so glad that you and your husband liked it!

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    pajamachef — November 24, 2010 @ 3:07 am

    oh wow, this looks fab! and reminds me of panera's a little bit. :) can't wait to try it!

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    Emily — November 24, 2010 @ 3:44 am

    That looks delicious! Definitely printing that recipe!

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    Emily — November 24, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    what kind of bread did you eat with it? that looks tasty, too.

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    Cindy — November 24, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    This will be on my menu soon. It looks yummy–has so many fun flavors. Can't wait to make it.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 24, 2010 @ 4:27 am

    Emily – It's Hearth Bread – one of my favorites! And easy to make :)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 24, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    Melanie – Thanks so much for another great recipe!

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    Viv — November 24, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    ohh yummy creaminess…def comfort food. id love to make this but so many ingredients i don't have :( ive never seen soup recipes with flour before too!

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    Aimee — November 24, 2010 @ 11:42 am

    Another great soup recipe! I may have to chop the mushrooms into really small pieces (I love them but hubby HATES them), but I can't wait to try this one. Thanks!

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    Paula — November 24, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    what a delicious blog! here is so many uncanny inspirations!

    have a nice time,

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    Julie M. — November 24, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Yum Megan! That is my kind of soup. You bread looks yummy too! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. 12 — November 24, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    this soup looks delicious! I wish I had some right now! yummy!!! :D

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    Katerina — November 24, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    From the site of it, I am sure it is the perfect comfort food.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — November 24, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    I LOVE chicken and wild rice soup. Yours look so creamy and delicious. Not to mention, your photos are gorgeous. I seriously want a huge bowl of that right now! :)

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    happywhennothungry — November 24, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! I will definitely be making this with leftover turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Paul Jennette — November 24, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    One of my all time favorites! Great photos as well. Have a great Turkey day Megan!!

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    Emily — November 24, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the bread recipe! I've printed both recipes! Yum! Now all I need are some chicken leftovers and some time! :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 24, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    This looks warm, hearty and wonderful! Perfect for cool temps!

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    StephenC — November 24, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Nice, nice, nice. Will bookmark this.

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    Jennifurla — November 24, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    This soup looks perfect, I love the texture…with a buttered roll it would be perfect.

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    Shannon — November 25, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

    Stopping by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — November 25, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

    I'd have to say this soup is probably one of my favorites–I'd love to try your variation! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

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    Olya Nikol Pishcheva — November 26, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    This is an interesting recipe! Thank you! ~

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    Tracy Wood — November 26, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    Megan, I really enjoy reading your blog and I just nominated you for A Stylish Blog Award. Keep up the great work!

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    smalltownoven — November 27, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    This definitely looks comforting. I can't wait to try it out!

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    Emma — November 27, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

    Beautiful flavours and I love wild rice although it's difficult to find here.

    I gave you an award Megan, if you're interested, check out my blog for further details :)

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    Barbara — November 28, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    Can't wait to try this, Megan. We love wild rice. So many people don't like the flavor, but I've always loved cooking with it. Makes me think of fall. Very comforting recipe!

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    amanda@seegirlcook — November 28, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    looks delicious! i love wild rice in soups. thanks for the recipe.:)

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — November 29, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    What a beautiful bowl of soup! I love wild rice also and now I wish I had used it in my left-over turkey soup.

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    briarrose — November 29, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    Yummy. Looks wonderful especially to nosh on a cold day. ;)

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    Mary @Delightful Bitefuls — November 30, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    I was just looking for a soup recipe and look what I found! YAY! This sounds wonderful!!

    Great blog! Happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Stephanie — December 7, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

    Made this yesterday… my husband LOVED IT (so did I)! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 9, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    Stephanie – I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know :)

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    danielle — December 23, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

    my thirteen-month-old gobbled this up. as did the rest of us. yummy!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 23, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    danielle – Glad it was a hit with the family! This is one of my favorite meals :)

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    Megan — March 21, 2011 @ 3:36 am

    I have this on the stove right now simmering. It smells amazing and I can't wait to try it– Thanks for the amazing recipe!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 29, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Megan – I hope the soup was as good as it smelled! :)

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    kat eisner — September 20, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    I made this last night and Loved it!! Sent some to my neighbor and she loved it and asked for the recipe. Thanks.

    • megan replied: — September 21st, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      Thanks for the comment Kat – so glad you liked it! :)

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    heidi — January 16, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    This was absolutely delicious. My 4 kids loved it and my grandparents, too. I made your mushroom and chicken pot pie yesterday and it was amazing, also. Thanks so much for the great recipes.

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    Cindy wallwork — March 1, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Wondering how many this recipe serves, want to make it for a church soup dinner

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    Kelly May — June 24, 2014 @ 5:24 am

    Best soup, EVER!!! Thanks so much for the recipe. I also added some finely chopped kale to mine, 10 mins before the end of cooking time – just for some extra vitamins :)

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