Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 by Author Name

Soup is a great meal during these colder months, and this chicken and wild rice soup is both hearty and filling. 

This recipe is GERD and IBS-friendly and can be made dairy-free if necessary. Simply substitute the whole milk with coconut milk.

The wild rice adds a heartiness to the soup, which is a nice change from a traditional chicken noodle soup. The combination of vegetables offers plenty of vitamins and also a touch of sweetness. I really like the addition of kale as well, to add even more fiber and flavor. 

Mushrooms, especially when exposed to UV light or sunlight, are a great food source of Vitamin D and make this soup a one-pot meal. I like to use baby bella mushrooms because they hold their firm texture, but you can also use button mushrooms. 

This soup is delicious paired with some warm, fresh bread. But, it is such a filling soup it can be enjoyed on its own as a complete meal!

I made this recipe in the Instant Pot and Crockpot, and it works great in both. Included are the ingredients for this delicious and cozy soup, as well as the instructions to make the soup in the Instant Pot, or simply print, share, or save the Crockpot version on the recipe card below!

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken thighs

1 onion, chopped

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 stalks celery

2 cups chopped mushrooms

1 clove garlic, diced (optional)

1 cup wild rice

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper (optional)

1 tsp oregano

1 bay leaf

½ cup whole milk

3 cups kale

Directions (Instant Pot):

Prep time: <10 minutes

Cook time: 22 minutes at high pressure

Serves: 8

  1. Dice onion, carrots, and celery (all similar in size for even cooking) and put them into your IP.
  2. Clean mushrooms (wipe them down with a damp cloth, do not run them under water!), dice, and put them into your IP. You can use button mushrooms, but I prefer baby bellas because they hold their firm texture and add a heartiness to the soup.
  3. Add all other ingredients (except whole milk and kale), give a stir, and lock the lid.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes.
  5. Let steam naturally release for 5-10 minutes, then unseal the IP.
  6. Remove the chicken from the soup, set it aside, and shred it.
  7. Add milk and kale to the soup, and stir to combine.
  8. Add chicken back in and serve.

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Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Servings: 8

Keywords:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 0 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 cups kale

Instructions

  1. Dice onion, carrots, and celery (all similar in size for even cooking) and put them into your crockpot.
  2. Clean mushrooms (wipe down with a damp cloth, do not run them under water!), dice and add. You can use button mushrooms, but I prefer baby bellas because they hold their firm texture and add a heartiness to the soup.
  3. Add all other ingredients (except whole milk and kale), give a stir, cover, and cook on high for 4 hours.
  4. When done, remove the chicken and set it aside to shred. Add whole milk and kale to your soup and sir. 
  5. Once the kale is wilted, add the shredded chicken back in and serve immediately. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 600mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 6g
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Notes

Cook on high for 4 hours.


1 serving size is 2 cups.