Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

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Serve Chicken Soup with Wild Rice when you’re craving a hot bowl of rich, brothy soup. Slow-cooked on the stove in a homemade broth that is so delicious, it is sure to heal whatever is aching you.

(Recipe modified on 2/16/22.)

 

This recipe will help you understand why grandma served chicken soup for colds or a fever. Perfect comfort food.

I love the addition of wild rice to not only give it a little extra color, but also a nutty taste and toothy bite.

Royal Blend Rice Blend

Wild rice by itself can be difficult to find in our area, but I try to always have a container of Royal Blend Rice in my pantry, which I will often use in this recipe. It always has brown rice, along with variations of red rice, barley, couscous, flaxseed, lentils, and wild rice. It’s a nice option for this soup. 

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

  • whole chicken with giblets removed (or 5-6 bone-in chicken thighs)
  • large carrots
  • celery
  • medium onion
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients to Make the Soup

  • homemade chicken broth
  • chicken bouillon cubes
  • wild rice (Or Royal Blend Rice) uncooked
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • butter
  • celery
  • carrots
  • button mushrooms
  • onion
  • garlic
  • cooked chicken
  • parsley
  • oregano
  • rubbed sage
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

 

Cook the Chicken and Homemade Broth

Ingredients for the Chicken Broth

To begin, gather the first seven ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Using a vegetable peeler and knife, peel and slice the carrots. Slice the celery, and peel and quarter the onion.

For this part of the recipe, the vegetables can be big and chunky, so you don’t need to worry about precision.

Remove inner packet from chicken and place entire chicken in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Cover the chicken with water.

If desired, you may use 5-6 bone-in chicken thighs in place of the entire chicken. When raising our daughters, I always had a whole chicken in our freezer. But now that we are empty-nesters, I usually buy chicken thighs instead. As long as you use chicken that still has the skin and bones, this will work well. I do not recommend only using chicken breasts, however, as this meat tends to dry out too quickly.

Add in prepared carrots, celery, and onion. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cook the Chicken and Vegetables to Make Broth

Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until chicken meat falls off the bone. Skim off foam as needed.

 

Make the Soup

To prepare the soup, remove chicken from the Dutch oven and place it on a large plate or tray to cool. Strain the broth, removing vegetables and any floating particles.

Shredding the Chicken for the Soup

When the chicken has cooled some, pick meat off of the bones and slice into 1/2″ chunks. Measure out 2 cups of chicken and set aside.

You may refrigerate or freeze the remaining chicken for later use.

Some may opt to slice the cooked vegetables and use in the soup. For me, the vegetables were too soft and mushy, so I like to use fresh for the remaining recipe.

Ingredients for the Chicken Soup

Gather the remaining ingredients so that you have them close at hand. Prepare the vegetables for the soup. Slice the celery. Peel and slice the carrots. Slice the button mushrooms. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.

If necessary, add enough water to the broth to make 8 cups. Bring to a boil. Stir in wild rice and chicken bouillon cubes and allow to simmer covered for 25 minutes until rice is tender.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter. Saute the sliced celery, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and garlic until tender, 2-3 minutes.

Add the Vegetables and Chicken to the Rice

Add the sauted vegetables to the broth mixture along with the diced chicken. Season with dried parsley, oregano, and rubbed sage, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve Chicken Soup with Wild Rice with Saltine Crackers

Serve this soup piping hot with saltine crackers or a hard crusty bread such as my Tangy Sourdough Bread. This recipe will serve 4-6 people. 

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Recipe for Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

Serve Chicken Soup with Wild Rice when you're craving a hot bowl of rich, brothy soup. Slow-cooked on the stove in a homemade broth that is so delicious, it is sure to heal whatever is aching you.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carrots, Celery, Chicken/Poultry Dishes, Comfort Food, Homemade Chicken Broth, Mushrooms, Wild Rice
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Knife Set
Cutting Board
Glass Measuring Cups
Dutch Oven

Ingredients

Cooking the Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken giblets and insides removed (or chicken thighs)
  • 3 large carrots peeled and halved
  • 4 stalks celery halved
  • 1 medium onion quartered
  • water to cover the chicken
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Making the Soup:

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup wild rice or Royal Blend Rice - uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups celery sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Cook the Chicken and Homemade Broth

  • To begin, gather the first seven ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Prepare your vegetables. Peel and slice the carrots, slice the celery, and peel and quarter the onion.
  • Remove inner packet from chicken and place entire chicken in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Cover the chicken with water, approximately 6-8 quarts.
    You may substitute 5-6 bone-in chicken thighs in place of the whole chicken, if desired.
  • Add in prepared carrots, celery, and onion. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for 2-3 hours until chicken meat falls off the bone. Skim off foam as needed.

Make the Soup

  • To prepare the soup, remove chicken from the Dutch oven and place it on a large plate or tray to cool. Strain the broth, removing vegetables and any floating particles.
  • When the chicken has cooled some, pick meat off of the bones and slice into 1/2" chunks. Measure out 2 cups of chicken and set aside.
    You may refrigerate or freeze the remaining chicken for later use.
  • Prepare the vegetables for the soup. Slice the celery. Peel and slice the carrots. Slice the button mushrooms. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  • If necessary, add water to the broth to make 8 cups. Bring to a boil. Stir in wild rice and chicken bouillon cubes and allow to simmer covered for 25 minutes until rice is tender.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and butter and saute the sliced celery, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and garlic until tender.
  • Add sauted vegetables to the broth mixture along with the diced chicken. Season with dried parsley, oregano, and sage, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve piping hot with saltine crackers. Serves 4-6.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 2086mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 11750IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 thoughts on “Chicken Soup with Wild Rice”

    • Hi Judy. No, I'm sorry. I haven't tried it in the crock. I don't know why you couldn't do the first portion of this recipe in a crock pot, however. Just make sure to allow plenty of time for the chicken to cook, so that it gets nice and tender. 6-8 hours?

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