Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. |

I adore this soup.

It’s not really a secret because a) I’m from Minnesota, the homeland of things like creamy delicious Wild Rice Soup, b) I’ve only posted it at least seventeen other times on the blog, and c) WILD RICE.

So this time the thing that makes it special is the Crockpot. This is Chicken Wild Rice Soup meets Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup mashing up into Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Translation: life just got easy and I’m going to go watch Breaking Bad now while my dinner cooks in a large kitchen appliance without my supervision thank you very much.

By the way, I don’t watch Breaking Bad yet but I’m 99% sure that I’m going to start today. Yay or nay?

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. |

This is a perfect meal for the current state of our new kitchen. I want to tell you about our new kitchen in our new house, which I feel like I should mention is a foreclosure. So give her some extra compassion, okay?

  1. It’s, um, how do I say this? Small.
  2. Small = less stuff = maybe even a little bit freeing.
  3. Small = less distance to walk to get to things and fewer places to clean. Just saying.
  4. It has a real live window and I have my photography table set up in the kitchen. Never before, guys. THIS IS AMAZING.
  5. It has a jumbo, awkward, 1980′s fridge and I bump into it at least eighty times a day.
  6. The stove is gas. It says the word CALORIC on the panel. So thanks for that.
  7. It has a window. Actually, two. Did I already say that? Hiphiphooray!
  8. It has a big sink that holds lots of dirty dishes and keeps them out of sight.
  9. It has a non-functional garbage disposal. Oh well?
  10. It is begging for a remodel. We are in the fun planning phase where we make 3D blueprints to see what it will look like when we knock the ol’ kitchen wall down and make it my small dream kitchen. ♥

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. |

Back on topic. I was saying that this is perfect for the current state of our small kitchen because we don’t have everything all in order just yet. For example, I burned the Thanksgiving corn pudding because my oven was playing tricks on me, and no, it had nothing to do with Bjork hearing 475 instead of 425. And for another example, I keep forgetting boxes of kitchen stuff at our other house so I made frosting yesterday with a whisk attached to a drill. A DRILL. oh my gosh, I mean, really. What are we coming to?

But when everything else is chaotic, my steady and true Crockpot friend gives some stability and cooks us the most cozy, comforting dinner while I’m at work and making yet another run to the old house for the box with the hand mixer in it.

Crusty bread, this piping hot soup in a large bowl, and extra time on your hands. TIS THE SEASON FOR THAT.

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. |

4.8 from 17 reviews

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 2 cups mirepoix
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • a few tablespoons white wine (optional)
  • up to 2 cups additional milk or water
  1. Rinse the wild rice. Place the uncooked wild rice, raw chicken, mirepoix, chicken broth, and poultry seasoning in a crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. The chicken should be cooked through and the rice should be soft. There will be extra liquid in the crockpot; do not drain.
  2. Remove the chicken breasts from the crockpot and allow to cool slightly. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Return the shredded chicken to the crockpot.
  3. When rice and chicken are done cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and let the mixture bubble for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the whole milk until a thick, creamy mixture forms. Stir in the wine.
  4. Add this to the rice and chicken in the crockpot and stir to combine. Add extra water or milk to adjust the consistency as you like it. Season with additional salt and pepper.
The poultry seasoning is a mix of several things, including thyme and sage. Even though it’s only a teaspoon, do not omit this because it adds a lot of the flavor. If you don’t have any, just use any other herb seasonings that you like. Thyme and sage are the best in my opinion.

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  1. You are going to love Breaking Bad Lindsey! Every time I watch, I wind up clutching my pillow for support, because it gets super intense, but the character development and storyline is incredible. Enjoy with a big bowl of this soup and congrats on the new house. Smaller definitely means less to clean (love, Erin, dweller of a 500 ft. apartment)

  2. You are going to love Breaking Bad, it’s the best. Super intense but so so soooo good.
    Word of advice: Don’t eat hot soup and watch BreakingBad at the same time, it might make you jump…and then you know… ;-)

  3. This soup looks delicious! How well does it reheat? I’ve always wanted to make a creamy chicken and rice soup but I know we’ll have leftovers and I’m not sure how it tastes the next day.

  4. YUM! Already pinned this…’tis the season for soup!

  5. My favorite soup ever! Now in the crockpot! Thanks so much for this one :)

    We’re moving too, and my new kitchen is a tad smaller. I’m scared. I used to have a huge island with cabinets…not anymore. What am I going to do??

  6. Remodeling your kitchen sounds like fun! This soup sounds like the perfect comfort food for this cold weather! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Your house looks in good shape for a foreclosure. Have you come across Deb Perelman’s blog? It’s Smitten Kitchen and she has 42 sq feet of kitchen, having moved from a whopping 80 sq feet! Small is beautiful in my book ~ especially if it curs the cleaning and the temptation to hoard *stuff*.

      I love the soup. I’m a slow cooker (or crockpot) junkie and I haven’t made a creamy chicken soup in too long! We’re threatened with a cold snap later this week so I’ll put chicken on the shopping list! Thanks.

  7. A whisk attached to a drill?? – you might be onto something with that invention :)
    What a delicious and easy soup for these busy months! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I live in MN too, and this soup seems PERFECT for the weather we’re going to have this week.

  9. This looks so perfectly delicious this time of year! YUM! Thanks for sharing =)

  10. This looks so creamy and fabulous!

    I can’t wait until I have a window in my kitchen… Some day! :)

  11. 1. I will exclusively be eating this soup for the next three weeks. Thanks for that.
    2. Breaking Bad – I watched half of the first episode with Eric and decided it was too intense for me. But I also held my breath through most of Lost. So, I’m mostly what you would call a pansy.

  12. Firstly – Breaking Bad? Do it. It’s not even a question to be asked.
    Secondly – This soup? Ya, I want it. And it’s not just like “oh ya, another girl wanting soup in the winter, big whoop.” I live in Florida. Where it is 30 degrees. And, I want this soup.

  13. This soup looks fantastic! I moved a couple months ago and my slow cooker was my best friend until we got unpacked.

  14. Wow, I’m so jealous of the window in your kitchen! Amazing! And this soup – it looks so delicious. Pinning this to my, “I need to buy a crock pot board” – b/c I need to buy one and make this soup ASAP!

  15. Yum this recipe looks amazing! Not to be totally ignorant, but what is mirepoix and how do you make it? Thanks!!

    • Good question! Just chopped carrots, celery, and onions. It’s the base of a lot of soups and recently I’ve been crazy busy so I’ve been buying it prechopped from Trader Joe’s. Otherwise just cut up some carrots, onions, and celery and you’re good.

  16. I am wishing I had this for dinner tonight. Tomorrow will have to do!

  17. I really wanna try this but my roommate is severely lactose intolerant, do you think coconut milk would sub well or do you have another suggestion?

    • No, I wouldn’t do coconut milk. Maybe almond milk? I guess I’m not sure if that behaves the same way when making a roux? But taste-wise that would be better than coconut. Good luck! :)

  18. This looks so creamy and yummy – pinned on my soup board! I hear Breaking Bad is incredible – soon as I get time, I have a date with Netflix!

  19. I watched one episode of Breaking Bad and it was so intense I had to leave my mother and her friend to watch it alone! I’m sure I could’ve handled it better with this soup in hand :-)

  20. We have made so many of your recipes (loved them all!), we bought your creamy cauliflower sauce cookbook (love it too!), and I read all of your posts word for word. This is the first time I have ever posted a comment on your blog, or anyone’s for that matter, and it has nothing to do with food. You need to be warned…Breaking Bad is the most addicting series I have ever watched. You may need to set aside plans of remodeling your kitchen or even just unpacking the rest of your stuff once you start watching. We recently bought my 81 year old mother an Apple TV and she watched all 5 seasons in a month!

    P.s. Enjoy your new house…ours is not very big either and we have enjoyed remodeling it and making it our own and keeping it clutter free!

  21. This looks so creamy and amazing, I’m going to have to step away from my computer because I’m getting really hungry!

  22. This soup looks delicious. I love a good slow cooker recipe and this is so warm and comforting for winter!

  23. This Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup looks more than just a ‘pinch of yum’! I’ve never come across this and I’m thinking of ‘Indianising’ this and making a Chicken Khichuri, the Rice and Lentil dish that we normally make. Although in many parts of India, minced meat is put in Khichuri, this is probably very different – thick and creamy.

  24. Congrats on the house! I want a small, cozy kitchen to call my own! And I say yay for Breaking Bad…one of the few shows that ended when it was SUPPOSED to and not two years after…:) Happy watching!

  25. sounds lovely! can’t wait to try it…this is a bit off topic, but i LOVE the bowls- they go so well with the soup and the shape keeps things nice and hot- where did you get them? <3

    • Thanks Devi! My father in law made them for me! How lucky am I, right?! I would love to try to sell some of his stuff on the blog someday, so you may see them again in the future. :)

      • wow- talented potter! that’s lovely work… definitely let us know if he decides to sell them (and maybe ones a bit larger?) i’ll be the first in line :)

  26. this soup looks so delicious! please share more crock pot recipes…they are the best! and YES to breaking bad. I am in season 4 and LOVING it.

  27. Whisk attached to a drill? You’re the most resourceful blogger out there! Oh and this soup looks ridiculous, congrats on your house and the kitchen remodel too!

  28. I nearly spit out my tea laughing when I read about your whisk/drill contraption! This soup sounds perfect now that the weather is finally cooling down a little here in California and I can finally break out the crock pot :)

  29. If you didn’t have a crockpot what would do (apart from buy a crockpot of course!) – I want to make this but am sadly sans crockpot…


  30. I want that soup now!

  31. Congrats on your new home, Lindsay! I’m currently obsessed with anything and everything that can be made in a crockpot, and therefore cannot wait to make this!

  32. Congrats on a new house! There is something so cozy about a smaller house. My dream kitchen would be a small, cozy kitchen with a window and everything made of wood and glass cabinets! Ahh.
    I love soup and now that it’s winter I can finally make it! My mom has this funny thing about eating soup when it’s hot outside…and we live in Florida.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Kristin Janzen says:

    2 things.

    1. I LOVE this soup. I can’t wait to try the slow cooker version. It’s like, negative a million degrees here, so it’s perfect.

    2. I was SERIOUSLY watching Breaking Bad when I read this. Be warned – you will have to look away sometimes. I like to read blogs while I watch bc I can hardly handle some of the stuff/intense-ness (??). But it’s GOOD. If you can get past something super gross that happens in the first few episodes, you will be just fine! :)

    3. Ok 3 things. I still just love your blog.

  34. I’ve been looking for a chicken and wild rice soup recipe that doesn’t call for mushrooms! (I’m allergic)

  35. So to make the “mirepoix,” do I just make the amounts to my satisfaction of onion, celery and carrots as long as the total amount equals 2 cups? I wasn’t familiar with this term and all I can find is that it is a combination of these three vegetables. Thanks for your help. Sounds yummy!

    • Yes, I think just make it to your preference. I typically make it pretty even, but if you like less onion just hold some back and replace with carrot or something. No exact measurements with this one!

  36. Love, love, LOVE this soup! I made it today (in my tiny kitchen) and it’s delish! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Yahoo! Glad to hear it Char.

      • Forgot to mention that I also got worried about the mirepoix. Was thinking I was going to have to go to some specialty grocery store to get some high priced ingredient I would only use once. When I googled it, I actually started laughing…I use mirepoix all the time!

  37. Jennifer Scott says:

    You’re getting all fancy on me! You may have a simple kitchen but with a vocabulary including words like “Mirepoix,” you demonstrated culinary sophistication! I googled it…so I’ll be chopping 2 cups of 50% onions, 25% carrots and 25% celery to make this crock pot wonder!
    I, too, am in Minnesota, and I can think of nothing I’d like more than coming home from work tomorrow to this!
    Keep at it – Jennifer Scott

  38. Hey Lindsay, How are you guys settling in to the new house? Took 2 years of living in our house before we got round to building our dream kitchen. It was sooooo worth the wait.

  39. Victoria G says:

    Hi there! Thanks for sharing this recipe it looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Quick question….I wanted to whip this up but I don’t have 7-8 hours do you think this could be cooked on high and still have a good turnout? If so, how long?

  40. I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit! Thanks for the great (and simple) recipe. Note: When I make it next time I may add more rice and veggies and less chicken….just a personal preference!

  41. You will love Breaking Bad! lol I’m going to make this now for tomorrow *crosses fingers* hope it turns out as great as yours looks!

  42. I love this soup! I am excited to make it! I have been missing home since we have been out here in France while my boyfriend works and your site always gives me the best ideas for dinner…it is sometimes hard because of the lack of American ingredients, but we some how make it work! Thanks so much!

  43. I’ve been looking for this recipe for my whole life! Thank you! Can’t wait to make it. And congratulations on your house. It looks so beautiful!

  44. This is awesome. My mom’s side of the family is from MN, and, when I was little, my aunt would always take me to a grocery store there (Avery’s?) that she said had the best Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (and it was). I can’t wait to give this a shot! My husband is not a big soup fan, but I bet this would change his mind! :-)

  45. I plan on making this tomorrow! Thank you for the nutritional information! Do u know how many oz in a serving?? Thanks!

  46. OMG this looks amazing! I also had to Google “mirepoix”. I love wild rice. Can’t wait to make this!

  47. Made this tonight…needed it in a hurry, so I cooked it for 3.5 hours on high in the slow cooker and it was perfect! Thank you!

  48. Dear Lindsay,
    First I said yummy with my eyes by seeing the pics and the recipe.
    Then I said yummy in my tummy!
    It cooked it and it was delicious!
    Thank you so much for sharing this perfect winter recipe :)

  49. Thoughts on using frozen chicken breasts for this? And/or a quicker way to defrost chicken?
    I have everything else waiting to go in!

  50. I made this soup yesterday and it was great! Can I freeze the leftovers?

  51. Charis Kittelson says:

    This was sooooo good! Definitely will be having it at once more this winter season!

  52. Charis Kittelson says:

    *least once more :)

  53. A friend of mine gave me her old crockpot this week after she purchased a new one for herself. I have never cooked with a crockpot before, so i started researching recipes and decided that this one would be the first crockpot meal i would attempt. And it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Even my 6 year old loved it! She asked for seconds – twice! And guess what she asked to have for breakfast this morning? Yup, a bowl of this wild rice soup! I’ll be making it regularly this winter for sure. Now if only i could get my 3 year old to try a bite. :p

  54. Ruth Bradford says:


    WHAT might “mirepoix” be? This is a totally foreign word to me. Help! BTW I am ex-Minnesota (originally from NL, Canada) girl as well, now a FL snowbird….yea!

  55. I have no idea what wild rice looks like.
    I don’t know what poultry seasoning is except for the herbs you mentioned.
    I don’t have a crockpot is or where to buy one and at the age of 70 next year is it worth buying and if I don’t how would I make the soup
    What is this serial you’re all talking about and what’s it about? !
    Is that the same question twice in one sentence?

    • You can also make this soup in a regular soup pot, Judy! Here’s a variation: Look for poultry seasoning at any regular grocery store. I’ve never had a problem finding it when I look in the spice section; it’s just a spice blend. And wild rice will be with the regular rice – it’s very dark and I have a picture of it in a blue bowl in this post. Thanks for reading! :)

  56. So poultry seasoning would be like chicken seasoning?
    Thank you for replying by the way.

  57. What temperature are you setting your crockpot for 6-8 hours? I have Warm, Low or High.

  58. This soup is in my crockpot right now. Can’t wait to try it for dinner tonight! I also needed it a little quicker, so I’m cooking on high for 4 hours. I would like to possibly add fresh mushrooms. When would be a good time to put those in? Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

  59. Hi – I made this soup for a couple of reasons. First because I had a couple of friends that were under the weather and second because Chicken Wild Rice soup is one of my favorites soup. The recipe is Great! I added sliced canned mushroom after I added the slurry. My friends were so greatful for the warm comfort food. I served my portion in a warm bread bowl – yummy. Thanks for sharing a crockpot soup recipe that will become a go-to recipe in my house.

  60. Made this yesterday (on high for 4 hours) and it was really great! After my husband and I scarfed it down, I had about four lunch portions left…so I was a little sad when I saw that this was supposed to make 10 servings, ha :)

  61. I’d like to make this recipe and was wondering how you think it would turn out if you used whole wheat flour for the flour needed?

    • From what I’ve read, the results will not be quite as silky smooth as they would with white flour. But if that doesn’t bother you, go ahead and give it a try! Good luck!

  62. I can’t wait to try your recipe! I think I will add 1/2whole milk and 1/2 coconut though for that sweet hearty taste! Thoughts?

    • You could certainly try it! It would change the flavor pretty significantly to use coconut milk, so personally I’d stick with regular milk, but if you want to give it a try for something different, go for it!

  63. Thanks for this recipe. It was delish. I have three picky boys: 7, 5 and 3 and they all ate it right up! It’s going in my official “winning recipes found on the internet” file.

  64. I accidentally used 2 cups of rice so there isn’t any juice left and it seems really dry. Is there a way to save this? I didn’t add the milk mixture yet?

    • Yep – no worries, just add some more broth. Maybe 1-2 cups. You can always add it after adding in the creamy mixture too… it’s really forgiving. Just stir it all up till it’s smooth! :)

  65. Christian says:

    This recipe looks amazing. I love the chicken and wild rice soup from Panera but I’d rather have it homemade. I have a couple of questions: Do you have a special recipe for the mirepoix? And, do you think a gluten-free flour option would work? Thanks for the recipe!

    • No special requirements for the mirepoix. Just a combo of mixed chopped onion, celery, and carrots, even parts of each if you like them all the same. :) And I have hardly any experience with gluten free flours but worth a shot for sure!

  66. Recipe looks delicious! Making it tomorrow. Was wondering, can I throw in another rice with the wild rice to make a wild rice blend? And will I get the same effect using 1%milk instead of whole make?

    • Yes, I think so! I used 2% the other night and it was fine. Also, the rice will change the taste a bit but still good! I’ve done it before with half white rice for the kids in the Philippines. :)

  67. I tried this recipe yesterday. I will be sharing it with my friends. AMAZING recipe. The only thing I did different was, I didn’t have whole milk, so used 1-1/3 cup of half and half and 2/3 cup of 1%. Quite honestly, this is better than Panera’s. Thank you for the recipe.

  68. I made this tonight and it is AMAZING!! I followed it pretty much exactly….and I didn’t add any extra broth or milk at the end. It was perfect!!

    thank you so much for such a great recipe!

  69. I am sorry I didn’t like this recipe as much as the others I have tried on your blog which I have looooooved. I don’t know if I did something wrong but I found it rather bland.

  70. Hey how do you make the mirepoix? I am not sure what to do.


  71. Never thought I’d comment on soup, but it’s amazing. Just came in from skiing and this both warmed us up and hit the spot! Excellent recipe and will definitely be making again.

  72. This looks amazing! But I’m snowed in and currently only have white and brown rice. Would either of those be an okay substitute? Thanks!!!

  73. so. i just got a crockpot a couple weeks ago and this is the first soup I’ve made in it! Also, it should be said that I don’t like soup. But my husband does, and this looked so good I had to try it. At first I was a bit hesitant about adding so much butter, but I’m glad I did ;). I’m eating the first bowl now and it is dee-licious. Really great recipe, I’ll definitely be making it again.

  74. I’m drooling over this even though we’re finally back above zero. Any suggestions on making this vegetarian (or chicken-optional) for a group of friends? Maybe more mirepoix, add some brown rice, something else? Also, if using lower-fat milk, know if the soup base would just be thinner? Thx!

    • Lower fat milk will work! and you can also get by with less butter and flour if you’re looking to make it lighter. The chicken… I don’t know if I have a good sub for that. it’s a pretty big part of the soup!

  75. My elderly neighbor is coming home from surgery this afternoon and so I made her this soup because it sounded like a lovely comfort food. My one-and-a-half year old can’t stop eating it; hopefully there is enough left for her, ha! I wasn’t able to try any because I get migraines from onions (which is in the chicken broth and boullion) as well as dairy, but it smells delish, so next time I’m definetly getting shallots and an onion-free broth, and I’ll try it with flax milk and unflavored coconut butter, which usually work well for subs. Thanks for the recipe! My house smells amazing!

  76. Hi! Can I use rotissere chicken in this? If I did when would I add it to the crockpot? Trying to make this tomorrow:-) thanks:-)

    • I would add it at the end so it doesn’t dry out. :)

      • VernaWestman says:

        Could not find my Wild Rice Recipe so went to the internet and found you. Your recipe sounds delicious but slightly different from mine. Yours will be going to our Soup Supper at church tomorrow night so that all the Minnesota Lutherans there can get a taste of home and the others get a taste of something really really warming and good.
        Raised in Minnesota, but living in Washington State last half of my life (40 years), but we still eat Minnesotan, you know Potato sausage, Klub, Swedish Meatballs and Lutefisk. The snow is less here,but the rain gets you just as cold. So soup is good all winter long.

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