Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Unique and delicious, this creamy chicken and wild rice soup stands far above the rest. It is perfect served in bread bowls, too!

bread bowl filled with creamy chicken soup

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup isn’t like all the other chicken and wild rice soups “out there.” It is more flavorful and more delicious. 

A bold claim? Perhaps, but I’ve been making this amazing soup for over ten years, and it continues to be a family favorite. AND, it is always a hit when I’ve served it to company (or for larger church luncheons or gatherings). 

Don’t let the hint of curry or almonds scare you off. It’s what takes this creamy chicken and wild rice soup from average to straight up fabulous. 

Nine times out of ten, I serve this soup in bread bowls, but it is delicious on it’s own, also.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
bread bowl filled with creamy chicken soup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ – 1 cup frozen corn
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 cups nonfat half-and-half (use normal half-and-half if you prefer, but you won’t believe how delicious this is with the nonfat variety!)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, corn, chicken and carrots and sauté for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through. 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.
  2. Next, add the rice, salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground black pepper and almonds. Allow all the ingredients to heat through and then pour in the half-and-half. Let the soup gently simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The soup should not boil but should simmer over low heat so that it thickens slowly.

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Recipe Source: adapted from Mary G.