Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup

DF GF

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 blend – I really like the Lundberg wild rice blend.
  • 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.

More Slow Cooker Recipes to Try

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Be sure to check out my full collection of soup recipes as well all of the chicken recipes here on EBF.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

4 from 394 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
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild rice blend, uncooked
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¾ cup chopped celery
  • ¾ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water, or additional chicken broth
  • ¼ cup olive oil, butter, ghee or vegan butter
  • ½ cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • pepper , to taste
  • fresh thyme, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • 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. 

Stovetop

  • Cook rice according to instructions on package.
  • While rice is cooking, heat 2 Tablespoons of oil, butter or ghee in a Dutch oven or large pot. Once hot add onion, carrots and celery and saute for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute longer.
  • Add thyme, rosemary, salt and bay leaves and mix until veggies are coated.
  • Add chicken broth, water and chicken into the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. When chicken is fully cooked, remove from pot and shred using two forks.
  • Add shredded chicken and cooked rice into pot.
  • In a separate saucepan melt ¼ cup oil, butter or ghee. 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 pot. 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. 

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Nutrition

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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    206 comments
    1. Stacie
      April 13, 2022 AT 6:09 pm

      4 stars
      Can I freeze this?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2022 AT 9:30 am

        Hi, Stacie. I haven’t tried it yet, but freezing creamier soups tends to change the texture. I don’t recommend it.

    2. Kaylyn
      February 18, 2022 AT 11:43 am

      Do you have to put the roux mixture in or can you leave it out. Will it taste good without it?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2022 AT 1:41 pm

        Hi, Kaylyn. I haven’t tried it without the roux and I do imagine it would change the taste and creamy texture. If you try it without the roux let me know how it turns out!

    3. Diana
      February 10, 2022 AT 12:31 pm

      5 stars
      I absolutely loved this recipe the first time I made it! I am planning to make it again and wondered if you think I could substitute white beans or chickpeas for the chicken to make it vegetarian? What do you think?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2022 AT 10:42 am

        I’m so glad you loved this recipe, Diana! You can absolutely use white beans or chickpeas. I would use two cans – rinse and drain them before adding to the slow cooker.

    4. Becky
      February 4, 2022 AT 5:56 pm

      5 stars
      This soup recipe is amazing! and so easy! My husband had seconds ☺️ From reading the previous comments saying the thyme was overpowering, I did end up using half a tsp of thyme and it seemed perfect! Thank you for the great recipes! I would add a picture of I could!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 7, 2022 AT 9:11 am

        Yay! I’m so glad to hear you loved this recipe, Becky! Thank you for coming back to leave a review and star rating, it means the world to me!

    5. Lessley
      February 3, 2022 AT 9:45 am

      Can I use regular flour and milk? Any adjustments needed?

      Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 3, 2022 AT 8:55 pm

        Hi, Lessley! Regular flour and cow’s milk should work just fine! Let me know how it turns out!

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