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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Thick and creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup has mushrooms, celery, and onion for a flavor that is nutty, earthy, and truly comforting.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


I should go on and on about how perfect this soup is for warming up on a cold winter’s day, but I can’t because Holy Cow – it was 66 degrees here today and perfectly sunny. I thought I was in heaven.

Until I tried to take advantage of it by spending a little time on the back porch reading, relaxing, and working on elevating my Vitamin D levels (I have a deficiency and can hardly ever remember to take my supplements). As soon as I got comfy in my chair, I thought I was in hell.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - thick and hearty!

My neighbor, who lives behind us, enjoys spending time outside listening to something that’s horrendously loud. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s a television program. Loud. Very loud. Often it can be hear from inside our house.

This time it was talk radio. And it didn’t take me but about 5 seconds to recognize the voice as that of Rush Limbaugh. Ugh. Do you know how hard it is to relax to the sound of Rush Limbaugh’s agitated and loud voice? Not at all soothing. So I was outside for about a total of 20 seconds.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - thick and hearty!

The easy solution would be to say something to them. But that’s not so easy considering we have a row of Leyland Cypress trees the length of our back property line, then there’s a fence, and then they have a dense row of hedges. So we can’t even see into their back yard. We can just hear it.

Do you have neighbors who frequently play loud music/TV programs outside during the middle of the day? I’m wondering if it has become common behavior.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup- super thick and hearty!

But enough of that. Let’s get back to this Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. It’s thick, creamy, rich, and full of diced chicken, wild rice, mushrooms, onion, and celery. I prefer my soups to be creamy and a half cup of cream makes this soup super rich and yummy.

I like wild rice in a soup. It holds up so well and really gives it some texture contrast. I usually just use the meat off of a rotisserie chicken to make things extra simple. A few splashes of sherry give extra flavor, but you don’t need to use it.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - super thick and hearty!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is thick and creamy and flavored with mushrooms, onion, and celery, plus a splash of sherry. Rich, nutty, and earthy taste.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 22 minutes
TOTAL: 32 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry


  • In a Dutch oven, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add garlic powder, salt, both peppers, and thyme.
  • Gradually add chicken broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.
  • Bring to a simmer. Add chicken and wild rice and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cream and sherry and cook 5 more minutes.


Calories: 431kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American

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17 thoughts on “Chicken and Wild Rice Soup”

  1. Oh my, where do I start. It was sooooo easy to make and taste delicious. I wasn’t sure I would like it since I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms. But, WOW! I will be keeping this recipe and sharing it to everyone. Thank you so much for your awesome recipes.

  2. Definitely making this soup!
    And did you know most cities/towns have noise ordinances? On average sounds should not be heard more than 25ft from the source and have time limitations. Check with your local city hall. You could get a copy, drop it off to your neighbor with a plate of cookies, and explain you can hear them inside your house. If that doesn’t fix things, you can always call it in.
    Good luck

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I love creamy chicken and mushrooms soups and have a really great recipe that I usually follow.. but I am loving your addition here of wild rice. I have to make this recipe next time I find myself making soup!

  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh man. I certainly wouldn’t find Rush Limbaugh relaxing at ALL. Ugh. But 66 degrees sounds heavenly. I’m about to get covered in what they are calling a historic blizzard. Eeeks. I need this soup badly!

  5. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    This sounds so awesome and hearty! Love the mushrooms in it– one of my fave veggies in soups!

  6. Shashi at Runninsrilankan

    I adore those chunky mushrooms and celery and wild rice – if only I could reach in and grab me a spoon right now! 😉

  7. That’s one delicious soup! The thought of 66 degrees is just heaven! But the noisy neighbor I could totally do without. You made me appreciate my lovely, quiet neighbors here! Have a great weekend!

  8. Michelle { A Latte Food }

    That weather sounds absolutely perfect–even if the neighbors were there to put a damper on the day! This soup, though, looks amazing! Pinned!

  9. We’ve never had problems with neighbors like that but at our old townhouse in DC there was a bus stop right behind us – the announcements from the buses were so loud that you could hear them saying “next stop….” haha it was awful!!

    But this soup looks absolutely delicious!

  10. Ugh, yes, we have terrible luck with loud music playing neighbors. It’s no fun when it’s late at night either 🙁 This soup on the other hand looks incredible! Love how creamy it is and oh my goodness, look at those glorious mushrooms!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    It was 66 degrees by you?! I’m movin’ in! 🙂 It’s been in the 30s here, which isn’t too bad considering how the temps were a few weeks ago.This soup looks so perfect to warm me up. Chicken and wild rice soup is one of my favorites, can’t wait to try this out!

  12. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This looks like such a comforting soup. I love mushroom soup and I always make some when I am not feeling well.

  13. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Oh, boy. We have neighbors like that and you are definitely right, when you say that it is annoying! Right now it’s currently not a problem since it’s the middle of winter and nobody wants to go outside if they don’t have to, but still! LOL.
    And this soup? Absolutely stunning! Chicken wild rice soup is a big favorite of mine, and you’re reminding me that I haven’t made it in forever!

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