Make Creamy and Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Soup without heavy cream, flour or butter in slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove. It is also a freezer meal.
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Healthy chicken and wild rice soup without any cream. And this chicken wild rice soup is thick, hearty and sticks to your ribs! Comfort food without a heart attack. You know what I mean…
And full of flavor, chicken and wild rice, obviously. Easy, creamy, low fat and the best!
You will never go back to Panera or condensed cream of mushroom chicken and wild rice soup version.
How to Make Chicken Wild Rice Soup
This chicken and wild rice soup recipe includes slow cooker (Crockpot), stovetop and Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) versions. I know, amazing!
On the Stove
In Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)
In Instant Pot
You can use 6 quart or 8 quart Instant Pot. For 3 quart, cut recipe ingredients in half but keep same cooking time.
Ww show you how to make Instant Pot chicken wild rice soup in the video that you can watch just below in the recipe card.
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Tips for Best Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Can I Use White or Brown Rice?
Unfortunately not. White or brown rice will break down into a gooey mess, especially in crock pot or slow cooker. Soup will have porridge like consistency.
Plus wild rice has very unique taste that makes this chicken wild rice soup so delicious.
How to Thicken Soup without Flour?
My healthy chicken wild rice mushroom soup is made without a cup of butter, heavy cream or white flour. But still is SO creamy. It literally won’t make our hearts stop.
So, how? With a help of an immersion blender and milk. When rice is well cooked, its starches break down so easily with a few pulses of a blender. And when they meet sweet and creamy milk with way less fat and calories than heavy cream, the soup becomes creamy chicken and wild rice soup recipe.
Can You Freeze It?
Of course. Freeze chicken and wild rice soup leftovers in a glass container for up to 3 months. “But wait, there is more…”
You can turn this soup into a freezer meal!
Check out my full list of healthy freezer meals. I’m obsessed!
Creamy and Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Soup without heavy cream, flour or butter in slow cooker, Instant Pot or on the stove.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 hours
- Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Soup and stew
- Method: Slow cooker
- Cuisine: North American
Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.
Freezer Meal: In a large Ziploc bag, add all ingredients (except water, milk and parsley), release out as much air as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. If cooking in slow cooker, thaw in the fridge for 24 hours, add to slow cooker along with water and cook as per above instructions + 1 hour. If cooking in Instant Pot, cook from frozen for 25 minutes with Quick Release. After follow last step in the recipe.
Make Ahead: In a large airtight container, bowl with a lid or slow cooker’s insert, add all ingredients (except chicken and parsley) and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Add chicken and cook as per slow cooker instructions. OR store chopped veggies with spices in an airtight container for up to 3 days and mix with the rest when ready to cook.
*I used frozen drumsticks in slow cooker version. ANY chicken works – raw, bone in/skin on or boneless/skinless, cooked cubed/shredded. Just remember that cooked chicken needs barely any cooking, and you will need to use chicken broth in place of water, since it won’t be cooking in water creating a broth.
**Use water with raw chicken and broth with cooked chicken.
***I’m sure you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk, just soup will be less rich but still creamy.
****For 3 quart Instant Pot, cut recipe ingredients in half but keep same cooking time.
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