Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup


This slow cooker chicken wild rice soup is creamy and comforting, but still nourishing with lots of veggies, shredded chicken and wild rice. Added bonus: it’s so easy to whip up, gluten-free + dairy-free.

Spring is almost here, but I’m still craving comfort food and easy slow cooker meals. This chicken wild rice soup fits the bill and it’s so delicious.

Plus, lately the weather here in Richmond has been so sporadic. One day it’s warm and sunny and the next it’s cold and rainy. Luckily this soup is the perfect rainy-day dinner!

Two bowls of wild rice chicken soup topped with fresh thyme and served with slices of bread.

A few weeks ago, one of the EBF team members, Emily came to town. She typically manages social media, but came to help me out in the kitchen for a week of recipe testing and creating! It was so great to meet her in person and crank out a bunch of recipes together. This recipe is inspired by her and her love for wild rice soup. Thanks, Emily!

Two bowls of wild rice chicken soup served with fresh thyme and slices of bread. Two spoons and a cloth napkin are around the soup bowls.

Here’s What You Need:

  • dry (uncooked) wild rice 
  • chicken breast
  • olive oil, butter, ghee or vegan butter – be sure to use olive oil or vegan butter for dairy-free
  • vegetables – yellow onion, celery, carrots and garlic
  • seasonings and spices – dried thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, sea salt and pepper
  • chicken broth – I prefer to buy the low sodium version so I can control the amount of salt
  • gluten-free all purpose flour or oat flour 
  • unsweetened oat or almond milk – I like oat milk because it makes the soup a bit more creamy

Bowl of wild rice chicken soup served with bread and fresh thyme.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup in Your Slow Cooker

A lot of people think that all slow cooker recipes are simple, but that’s not true! I’ve made plenty of slow cooker recipes that take a ton of prep before the ingredients go in the pot. Not this one!

After rinsing the rice, you’ll place the rice, chicken, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, broth, water and seasoning blend in the slow cooker. Seriously, dump alllll the ingredients in your slow cooker, set it and forget it. In the last half hour of cooking, remove the chicken to shred it. Once shredded, you just add it back into the soup.

The only other thing you have to do is make a roux to thicken the soup. In a saucepan, melt the butter or oil. Add in the flour and cook for a minute. Whisk the mixture while slowly adding the non-dairy milk. That’s your roux! Add the roux to the slow cooker and stir to combine. If the end result is too thick you can add in additional water or milk.

Label scooping up creamy wild rice chicken soup from a slow cooker.

Ingredient Substitutions and Variations

  • Make it dairy-free – use a dairy-free milk and vegan butter to keep this soup dairy-free. If you’re a dairy lover, feel free to use traditional cow’s milk and butter.
  • Make it gluten-free – use all-purpose gluten-free flour to make this soup gluten-free. Again, if you can tolerate gluten, traditional all-purpose flour works fine as a substitute. You could also use oat flour.
  • Make it vegan – this is a little tricker, but to make this soup vegan simply use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth, use vegan butter and omit the chicken breast. You may want to add more vegetables or even chickpeas or whites beans to make this a heartier soup with more protein!

Slow cooker full of thick and creamy wild rice chicken soup. A ladle is resting in the slow cooker.

What to Serve with Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This meal is truly a complete meal on it’s own  – protein, veggies, healthy fats… it’s balanced! If you’re like me though, you want to serve it with a little something on the side! I love it with a hearty, seedy bread and a side salad. If you want to make your own, this honey whole wheat bread would be delicious with this roasted sweet potato salad or a more traditional side salad with this lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Bowl and spoon with creamy thick wild rice chicken soup topped with fresh thyme and served with bread.

Other EBF Slow Cooker Recipes to Try:

If you make this chicken wild rice soup, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turned out! Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

4 from 101 votes
This slow cooker chicken wild rice soup is creamy and comforting, but still nourishing with lots of veggies, shredded chicken and wild rice. Added bonus: it's so easy to whip up!
Bowl of wild rice chicken soup served with bread and fresh thyme.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6


  • 1 cup dry, uncooked wild rice
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup olive oil, butter, ghee or vegan butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water, or additional chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)


  • Rinse the rice under running water. Place the uncooked rice, chicken breast, garlic, onions, celery, carrots, thyme, rosemary, salt, bay leaves, chicken broth and water into your slow cooker. 
  • Cover and cook on the high setting for 3-4 hours or on the low setting for 7-8 hours. In the last 1/2 hour of cooking, remove the chicken from the slow cooker. Allow to cool slightly and then use two forks to shred the chicken into small pieces.
  • When the rice is done cooking, remove the bay leaves and add the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker. Melt the butter or oil in a saucepan. Add the flour and let the mixture cook for 1 minute. Whisk the mixture slowly while adding in the milk. Continue to whisk until all lumps have dissolved. Allow the mixture to thicken and become creamy.
  • Add the creamy mixture into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Add additional water or milk to your preference if the consistency is too thick. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve. 



Serving: 1/6 of recipe Calories: 297kcal Carbohydrates: 22g Protein: 23g Fat: 10g Sodium: 1305mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wild rice soup


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    1. Alyssa
      September 19, 2021 AT 12:28 pm

      5 stars
      I used canned unsweetened coconut milk for the roux and it was DIVINE! The whole family loved it, baby too! my mother in law wants this on repeat! Every one of your recipes is always a hit in my family, and I atleast make one of your recipes a week!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 20, 2021 AT 1:47 pm

        Woo!! So pumped this wild rice soup has been such a hit, Alyssa! Happy to hear you’re loving the recipes. Thanks so much for the review + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    2. Morgan
      September 13, 2021 AT 2:28 pm

      5 stars
      I love trying recipes that I find on Pinterest, and not all of them turn out how I’m expecting them to… but y’all, THIS one was perfect, and it’s already been added to my recipe book so I can make it all the time! It tasted great, and it makes enough so that my husband and I can have lots of leftovers. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes! ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2021 AT 10:37 am

        Yay!! So happy to hear this soup was a hit! Thanks so much for trying it out, Morgan. And I really appreciate the review :).

    3. Kattie
      September 8, 2021 AT 10:21 pm

      Could this be done in an Insta pot or ninja foodie?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2021 AT 3:11 pm

        I haven’t tried it, but I would think it’d be totally fine to make in an Instant Pot! Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    4. Kelsey Lonkowske
      August 30, 2021 AT 9:59 pm

      5 stars
      Could you freeze this?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 12:38 pm

        I haven’t tried freezing it, but I would imagine it’d freeze just fine in an airtight freezer-safe container.

    5. Keira
      August 30, 2021 AT 11:39 am

      Yum! I am always looking for a great soup recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 10:54 am

        Thanks, Kiera!

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