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Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup {Slow Cooker}

Cream of chicken and rice soup

Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup is creamy, comforting, and so easy to make that there is absolutely no reason to run out to a certain “Bread Cafe” to get a bowl!

I think the first time I ever had a bowl of Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup was at that popular bakery…. you know… the one that starts with “pan” and ends with “era?” That one. I quickly fell in love with the comforting nature of a warm creamy soup, served in a delicious sourdough bread bowl.The kind of soup that when you eat it, for a minute, all is right in the world. Ever since, when I  go to Panera, it’s a hard decision to choose between Cream of Broccoli and Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

Because I don’t like hard decisions, I decided I’d just whip up a batch of tasty Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup at home so there’d never be a need to make that sort of life altering decision on the rare occasion I make it out to Panera. ;) And because I like “delicious” to be easy to obtain, I decided that the slow cooker would be involved! This slow cooker Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is everything it should be… creamy, comforting, loaded with chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, and wild rice. It takes all of about 5-10 minutes to prep, and the rest of the work is outsourced to the slow cooker! I’m sort of against outsourcing, but sometimes it’s necessary (and worth it!).

Tonight there is snow in the forecast (booooo!), and ice (extra boooo!). But, the good news is that I’ve got some leftover Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, along with some crusty bread ( a must-have with soup!) waiting for me. The snow blower is also waiting for me (errr… I mean my hubby) so that if the weatherman gets it right and we get as much snow as they say we will, clean-up will be a breeze.

And speaking of a breeze… what I’d give to be in an amazing tropical location with a warm breeze! I need a vacation, how about you?

Anyhow, in case you’re looking for some Cream of Broccoli soup, now that I mentioned it, you should probably checkout my version of Broccoli Cheese Soup, sort of like Jason’s Deli. Delish!

Enjoy!

Notes: This recipe calls for half and half. No, it is not healthy, and yes there is a fat-free version of half and half sitting at your grocery store. I choose not to use the fat-free version because they add corn syrup to it in place of the fat. No fat but higher carbs? No thank you. My motto is “everything in moderation.”

Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup {Slow Cooker}

Cream of chicken and rice soup 2

Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 8hr
Total Time: 8hr 10mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1- 4.3 ounce package Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups half and half

DIRECTIONS

  1. In your slow cooker, combine chicken broth, water, package of Rice-a-Roni (including seasoning packet), carrots, celery, and basil. Stir to combine.
  2. Add in uncooked chicken breasts.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or high for 4.5 hours.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. When melted, whisk in flour. Slowly, very slowly pour in half and half until well combined. Stir in salt and black pepper.
  5. Remove chicken breasts from the slow cooker and chop into chunks. 
  6. Pour the creamy mixture into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Add chicken chunks back in and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  7. Makes about 10 cups of soup. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for this yummy recipe!!! We made this for dinner tonight and it was super easy and by far THE best cream of chicken rice soup I’ve ever had! I highly recommend everyone try it! Mmm!

  2. Awesome Tabitha! You are quick, by the way! I ate leftovers for lunch today and it was still great two days later! I really appreciate the feedback. :)

  3. Haha, yea I saw the recipe and how easy it looked so, I had my husband run to the store and make it! We also puréed some of the leftovers and froze it for our 10 month old, because he loved it also! :)

  4. I made this exactly as stated (on low for a little more than 8 hours) and it was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe! I was a little worried when I got home and saw the carrots and seasoning floating on top but upon opening the lid and stirring, everything had cooked just fine. Very flavorful and no need for additional spices like I have to add for other blog recipes.

  5. I was wondering if you could leave out the rice…I know I know that is what prolly makes the soup but we do not like rice and I would really like to make this…love the recipe if it can be made without the rice I will be making this soon thank you

    • The tricky part here is that you need the seasoning packet from the rice to season the soup. Otherwise of course you could leave the rice out. It’ll still be delicious! :)

  6. I made this soup without the cream and butter (I did add garlic and basil) for my picky son that has his jaw wired shut. After all the sweet smoothies, I served this strained and hot and he said “finally something that tastes like real food”. Loved the idea of the rice a roni. Didn’t have to go to the store as I already had everything in house. I will add the other ingredients for the rest of the family. Thanks! I’ve bookmarked you!

    • Jean – I can 100% relate to your son! I had jaw surgery about a year and a half ago and went through the same thing. So glad he liked the soup, and I hope the whole process of having his jaw wired shut goes quickly!

  7. Thanks for posting slow cooker recipes…my oven isn’t working so I rely a lot on my crock pot.

  8. Just finished this soup….fantastic!! I didn’t really have to cut the chicken i to chunks, it just pulled apart! Love it! I will for sure be making this again. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Any substitute for the riceroni cos I don’t know where u get it here in Qatar.

  10. I am so tired of this heat. Yes cant wait for soups ,Cassaroles, meatloaf, oh Clam Chowder. Im tired of smoothies, salads, sanwiches, fruits. and in the winter i will be like i want smoothies and salads hahahahahaha

  11. Speaking of soups, would you have a good Panera-style broccoli and cheddar cheese soup recipe?! I tried 3 already, 2 of which for slow cooker, and they were a total disappointment. =)

  12. I tried to email the recipe to myself. I typed in the code five times and all were correct and it still wouldn’t accept it. Just thought you’d like to know. So anyway, I copied it. It really looks good.

  13. Ashley, when I get into m Soup Night Season, I have everyone I know over for soup once a month from October through March. I write a blog about each one usually. I’ll share them with you when I get them written. One of my favorites, and a guest favorite too, is Chicken Paprikash Soup!

  14. Can’t wait to try this. I’ve had a version of this at a restaurant and loved it.

  15. Sounds like a great recipe! I’ve been searching for a good recipe for Cream of Chicken Rice soup-the kind you find on a Sunday, in most restaurants. My family is not a fan of wild rice. After adding the seasoning packet from the Rice-a-Roni-could I substitute some instant white rice (Minute-Maid)? Should I add it uncooked?

  16. Can you use regular white rice for this as well??

  17. It’s starting to cool off in the evenings so soups like this are starting to look exceptionally good!

  18. Sounds great…can you use plain white rice?

  19. It’s one of those days where I’m just craving a good bowl of soup. It’s currently in the Crock Pot as I type this. I’m excited to try this later with my family. I’m also using the left over chicken breasts to make the chicken rigatoni ;)

  20. I would like to use wild rice instead, should I put it in uncooked? How many cups do do you think? Also, I’m planning on using rotisserie chicken :)

  21. Carol Callahan Landrum

    This looks good. I’m not a big fan of wild rice though. Would a regular chicken rice a roni work?

  22. I gotta tell you—Isaw this receipt. wed. & made this on wed afternoon,in the slow cooker….You cannot believe how…Nice & Creammy, super wonderful this soup is !!
    I didn’t have any Ricearoni–I used Brown Rice,chicken broth,a pinch of sage, s&p,-sub. 2% milk for Half & Half…and finished the receipt.the way it was written. I WILL Make this Again……

  23. Making this tonight and house smells divine. What temp do you use for the extra 15 minutes – low or high?

  24. I can’t wait to make this for dinner tonight!

  25. Thank you! This is absolutely delicious. I just added half of a yellow onion and some garlic. Also – the first time I’ve made a roux, so that was a personal bonus. Oh – and this recipe cost $16 for 8+ meals for myself. Can’t get much better than that!

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