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Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

 

We are having the wettest and one of the coldest Octobers on record here in St. Louis.

So I’ve been in a soup mood!!

Soup is a GREAT Halloween meal as well, you can fix a big pot during the day, and easily eat before or after Trick-or-Treating!

Panera Copycat Recipe - Chicken and Wild Rice Soup at TidyMom.net

One of my favorites at St. Louis Bread (Panera Bread) is their Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!

So, I’ve been on a search for similar recipe! I found one and tweaked it just a bit for this Panera Bread Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Copycat Recipe

OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVED how this soup turned out!!

It’s filling, hearty and makes GREAT leftovers! Just be sure to add a little water when re-heating.

It will definitely become a regular in our house!

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Yield: 8 servings

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/2 celery
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, shredded
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) package quick cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken breast – I cooked mine in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil until cooked thru (about 4-5 mins on each side), removed from pan and shredded with a knife and fork. **You could also use a rotisserie chicken, just pull chicken from bone. Set cooked chicken aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat saute garlic cloves in olive oil, then add carrot and celery and saute for a few minutes until softened.
  3. Add broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
  4. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon by tablespoons, until thick, to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully mixed and smooth. Cook until thickened about 5 minutes.
  5. Add cream mixture into broth and rice, stir slowly. Cook over medium heat until heated through, about 10 to 15 minutes.

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Comments

  1. 1
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    This looks perfect for fall! Thanks for the recipe! I make chili, but soups intimidate me. :)

  2. 2
    bridget {bake at 350} says:

    This looks perfect for fall! Thanks for the recipe! I make chili, but soups intimidate me. :)

  3. 3

    We have been having a lot of rain here too. This looks nice and yummy and warm.

  4. 4

    We have been having a lot of rain here too. This looks nice and yummy and warm.

  5. 5

    Another great one I am going to try this weekend. Quick question from a stupid UK reader. We don’t do "cups" over here, what’s that the equivalent of? Thanks!

  6. 6

    Another great one I am going to try this weekend. Quick question from a stupid UK reader. We don’t do "cups" over here, what’s that the equivalent of? Thanks!

  7. 7

    I'm in the STL area too. I am SO tired of the rain. This is my all time favorite soup. I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. 8

    I'm in the STL area too. I am SO tired of the rain. This is my all time favorite soup. I cannot wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

  9. 9
    heartnsoulcooking says:

    Perfect recipe for a cold day. THANKS!!! Geri

  10. 10
    heartnsoulcooking says:

    Perfect recipe for a cold day. THANKS!!! Geri

  11. 11
    The Prudent Homemaker says:

    We had chicken and rice soup for lunch today! We didn't have wild rice, though, or cream, butter, or flour in ours. That would be a tasty variation!

    Dan,

    A cup is 8 ounces. The 4 cups of broth is about 1 liter of broth (it's 1 quart exactly). The carrots would be 4 ounces in volume of carrots–about 100ML in volume.

  12. 12
    The Prudent Homemaker says:

    We had chicken and rice soup for lunch today! We didn't have wild rice, though, or cream, butter, or flour in ours. That would be a tasty variation!

    Dan,

    A cup is 8 ounces. The 4 cups of broth is about 1 liter of broth (it's 1 quart exactly). The carrots would be 4 ounces in volume of carrots–about 100ML in volume.

  13. 13

    Thanks Prudent Homemaker I answered Dan via email, but I should have answered him here as well in case anyone else need that info!!

    ~TidyMom

  14. 14

    Thanks Prudent Homemaker I answered Dan via email, but I should have answered him here as well in case anyone else need that info!!

    ~TidyMom

  15. 15

    That soup looks absolutely delicious! Fabulous for a cold day!

  16. 16

    That soup looks absolutely delicious! Fabulous for a cold day!

  17. 17
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Yum! Do you mind if I put this on one of my future weekly meal plans? I'll link back here for sure. It looks delicious!

  18. 18
    Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Yum! Do you mind if I put this on one of my future weekly meal plans? I'll link back here for sure. It looks delicious!

  19. 19
    Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    Yea me! I have all the ingredients to make this soup!! It really does sound wonderful Thanks!!

  20. 20
    Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    Yea me! I have all the ingredients to make this soup!! It really does sound wonderful Thanks!!

  21. 21
    Sassy and Classy says:

    Looks delish! I will be making this soon for my family!

  22. 22
    Sassy and Classy says:

    Looks delish! I will be making this soon for my family!

  23. 23

    This is AWESOME! A new winter favorite.

  24. 24

    This is AWESOME! A new winter favorite.

  25. 25

    Oh, yum, this looks like a new staple in our house for sure!!!

  26. 26

    Just had this for dinner tonight.. Wow! My husband loved it, thanks for the recipe. PS I used bulgar instead of wild rice… it was good too (:

  27. 27

    I made this soup for dinner tonight and it was SO GOOD!! Next time I’ll cut down on the fat by using half & half and less butter but oh goodness, so delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  28. 28

    I love Panera’s recipe for this soup! Thanks for sharing this.

  29. 29

    Chicken Wild Rice Soup is a staple around here. I especially like to make it right after Thanksgiving, using turkey leftovers. Your recipe looks great, Cheryl.

  30. 30

    Hi! Anyone try this with half and half? Also- do you think this would work with a quick cooking rice pilaf mix with seasoning packet?

  31. 31

    I know this is an older post but I was on the hunt for a Panera style recipe of this soup and came across your post. I made it the other night and it was perfect! Thanks so much :)

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