Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

17 Reviews / 3.8 Average
Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes, especially when it requires no advanced cooking! My kids especially loved when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch. This Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup is packed with vegetables, perfect for the colder months.
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Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup from 100 Days of #RealFood

So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. Be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to pull out for lunches.

Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:

  • Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
  • Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
  • On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
  • Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
  • Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.


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130 thoughts on “Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup”

  1. 5 stars
    I have been making this for so many years I can’t even remember how long it’s been! I have taken it to many events and shared with friends and family. There is never any left! People can’t get over how good it is! I like to take the chicken out at the end and shred it. I also use a mini chopper to basically mince the mushrooms. We get all the flavor and anyone that doesn’t like mushroom texture doesn’t even know they’re there! I also cook on low for about 8 hours – either while I’m at work or sometimes overnight. I can’t thank you enough for this staple that has carried my family and friends for years and many years to come.

  2. 4 stars
    This was very good. I didn’t have wild rice on hand so made it with regular white rice which meant the texture was a little off. The rice sort of dissolved and turned a bit gelatinous and mushy but — it was still delicious! I will try it with wild rice next time, and cook it while I am at work. I added celery and carrots as the recipe suggested. I only did 2 cloves of garlic because my hubby doesn’t like garlic much. I will do this recipe again!

  3. 1 star
    First, let me say I normally love all your recipes. I have both your cookbooks, and this site is my go-to for recipes. However, this soup was a huge fail at our house.

    The soup was not at all creamy like we had hoped, it was just runny. I’m going to try to thicken up the leftovers.

    And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there was too much garlic. We adore garlic and usually put extra garlic in things, but the five cloves here made it so that garlic was just about the only thing we tasted in the soup.

    There needed to be some other flavor, too. I’m going to add some sage to the leftovers and see if that doesn’t help.

    This is not something I would make again, though.

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      I’m sorry to hear that this recipe wasn’t a hit for you. Hopefully, the added sage (sounds like a good idea!) helped turn this around for your tastebuds. – Nicole

  4. I feel like there is a step or two missing. There are no steps for what to do with the chicken. Cut in to chunks before placing in the crock pot? Pull out and shred?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. Chop the chicken into small peices. I’ll be sure to get that added to the recipe.

  5. Lindsay Untherbergus

    I made this soup tonight and it turned out great! It was so easy to put together. 4 hours on low was the perfect amount of time for me, the chicken was cooked all the way through and the rice was just done. Unfortunately, the grocery store I bought the ingredients in didn’t carry pure wild rice– they only sold a wild rice mixed with white rice, so I had to settle for that :/

  6. 5 stars
    Made with ingredients exactly as written, except used frozen chicken breast, light coconut milk instead of heavy cream, and cooked on low for 8 hours. Came out perfect!

  7. I made this soup on the stovetop and added my leftover shredded chicken and it was great! I brought it to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of hours!

  8. I will try this and substitute Greek yogurt for the cream. Do you know if plain brown rice works well? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. I’ve used brown rice in this recipe and it worked but prefer the texture of the wild rice.

  9. Hi! I love making soups from your website. I have a bunch of leftover shredded chicken and wanted to make this recipe on the stovetop and add the chicken in at the end. What is your recommendation for not using a crock pot but cooking it on the stove? Thank you!

  10. 4 stars
    I also had issues with the cooking time. After 4 1/2 hours on low, the rice was not cooked at all. I then read everyone’s comments about experiencing the same issue. I put it on high for about 2 hours after that and then the rice was completely mush and fell apart and you would never know there was rice in there. I decided to add chopped/diced roasted red potatoes to the soup (roasted with olive oil, pepper, garlic salt @ 450 for 30 min) and it was amazing. I know that takes away from the “chicken and wild rice soup” but it was delicious. I now know that I can’t put it on low but this is still a great recipe!

    1. Hi Mariel, I am sorry you had a problem with the cooking setting. It does sound like your slow cooked might not get hot enough on the low setting. I have two slow cookers and one gets to0 hot on low setting. I think every brand is different and unfortunately sometimes it takes a trial and error. I get so frustrated when a meal doesn’t turn out, so I love that you reinvented the dish to make something delicious.

  11. 1 star
    I used high quality organic ingredients and followed the recipe to a T and the result is somewhere between bland and downright unappetizing. Not thin enough to be a broth based soup, not thick enough to be a cream-based soup and the dominant flavors are onion and garlic. And not in a good way. (Doesn’t help that the onions are still crunchy — I saw earlier reviews that it needs to be cooked longer, but everything else is fine. Just the onions are an issue). Definitely won’t make again and sorry to say I will probably throw out the giant batch of soup it made :*(

  12. Laura Boehner

    I don’t have wild rice. Can I use brown rice as a substitute? Or a wild and white rice mix? Other ideas?

  13. 5 stars
    This soup was delicious, but I was surprised to have the same difficulty with cooking time that others have had. Other recipes from 100 Days have worked just fine in my slow cooker, so I thought this one would as well. To avoid the issue, I used High for the first hour, then Low for 4 1/2 hours. Rice and celery were still pretty crunchy. I then alternated between high/low for another 1 1/2 hours, and the end result was great. Would there be a down side to cooking this on High instead? This time I made it exactly as written, next time I think I would add some grated carrot. I made the whole chicken in the slow cooker recipe, then made the broth overnight and this soup the next day!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Barbara. Cooking it on high should be fine but you may need to shorten the cooking time.

  14. What containers do you use to freeze individual portions? And do you use any general guidelines to freeze whole make-ahead meals?

  15. 5 stars
    This turned out so much better than I imagined. Very good and super easy! I cooked on high hoping to shorten the cooking time, but wild rice takes a long time to cook, so it still took 4 hours. But it was worth the wait!

  16. Hi! I made this soup last night. I looked at all the comments and decided to cook it on high for 4 hours. It was perfect!
    Wild rice always seems to have a tiny crunch because of the husk, so everything was cooked all the way through. I would definitely marinade the chicken in spices next time to give it more flavor, but still 5 stars. Thank you!

  17. 1 star
    I had the same problem others apparently had…5 hours on low heat meant I just tried to serve uncooked soup to my family. I’m sure it’ll be great when the vegetables and rice aren’t hard, but a low setting for this soup does NOT work. Very disappointing.

  18. I made this soup last night and I think it’s delicious, and so easy! However, the heavy cream base was thinner than I would like. (I typically enjoy thicker soups.) Is there any way to thicken the soup slightly? Thank you for the new recipe.

  19. My veggies & rice were still hard after 5 hours. Very disappointing! I’m wondering if this should have been cooked on high instead?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Donna. It does sound like your slow cooked might not get hot enough on the low setting.

      1. My rice was hard after 5 hours too. I then cooked it on the stove for another hour. Don’t think that the crock pot got hot enough on the low setting.

  20. We’ve all been sick for days and working with what i have on hand. Frozen chicken I’ll shred art the end, canned mushroom, and brown rice. Hoping for the best!

  21. Hello,

    What do recommend as the best substitution for the cream (due to lactose intolerance) and in what quantity? I prefer not to use coconut based as high in saturated fat and I am not coconut fan. Will Lactaid make it too sweet and of thin consistency? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Donna. You can use Lactaid. It will not have the same consistency but should work fine. You can also leave it out all together. ~Amy

  22. Made this yesterday and it was a total hit with my husband and kids! My husband devoured it happily whe my 4 yr. old daughter kept telling me she “LOVED it”! I am a beginning cook and this was easy even for me to make. We’ll definitely make it again.

  23. 4 stars
    This was supper tonight. I used chicken and broth that I had made in the crockpot yesterday and added some carrots. The taste was just what I wanted it to be

  24. Has anyone made this and not added the cream at the end? Or added lactose free milk instead? I want to try this but my husband is lactose intolerant.

    1. I love cream soups but can’t do cream or milk. I use canned coconut milk/cream. It doesn’t have a coconuty flavor just lots of creaminess.

      1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

        Hello. Sure, you could do that. It won’t be as flavor infused with the chicken, however.

  25. Made this today and my husband and I really enjoyed it! (My picky toddler had a few bites, and as with all new recipes I will serve it to him several more times to try and get him used to it!) I used chicken thighs instead of breasts, substituted julienned carrots for the celery, and cooked on low for 6.5 hours. I did find it to be a tiny bit bland, so next time I will plan to use homemade chicken stock instead of cheap grocery store broth. Looking forward to enjoying leftovers tomorrow and to adding this recipe to my regular rotation as the weather gets cooler in the coming months!

  26. I’ve made this several times and it’s so delicious! I want to make some for a friend who can’t have dairy – any suggestions for a cream substitute (dairy free of course) that will taste as good and give it that same creamy texture? Or has anyone tried it without the cream and found it to be as tasty? Thanks! :)

  27. Used boneless skinless chicken thighs and full fat plain yogurt instead of the cream and it turned out delicious. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Love the recipe! My husband desires a creamier version or thicker version. What could I add next time to make the soup a little thcker? Thanks

  29. We had this for dinner tonight–everyone at the table loved it! I used your slow cooker homemade stock recipe for the soup. This was so easy and so flavorful. I used 1.5 lbs. of chicken thighs. I added two carrots. I used half a cup of basmati rice and half a cup of wild rice. I topped the soup with some fresh parsley. We will be having this again in our home. And thank you to those who recommended different temperatures and cooking times; I cooked this on HIGH for 4 hours, and it was perfectly cooked.

  30. Made this yesterday in the crock pot. I put the chicken breasts in whole and shredded them when cooked. I was out of heavy cream, so I served mine with a dollop of sour cream. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe, it was nice to have a crock pot recipe with all fresh ingredients!

  31. Would omitting the raw chicken be an option? I made the whole chicken (crock pot version) and have left over cooked chicken from that dinner. Could I cook the recipe as is without the raw chicken and throw in my chopped cooked chicken at the end?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Rachel. While that is not something we’ve tried, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. ~Amy

  32. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, the flavor combinations do sound good, but the comments from people cooking it for 4 hours and it not being done… I’ve been wondering why some things don’t seem to cook as quickly, and one thing I’ve found says to not uncover the slow cooker unnecessarily. Doing so can lower the temperature 10-15 degrees and in turn increase the cooking time by as much as 30 minutes.

    I usually prefer to toast rice and cook it on the side for soup (like pilaf) which makes it cook quicker. I think most recipes I’ve seen are either a rice dish mainly in which case the rice is added raw, or if a stew or soup with meat and rice, the rice is added already cooked.

    Also, instead of the cream, I was thinking I’ll try coconut milk instead, and maybe a squeeze of lime.

  33. My 18 month old daughter just gobbled down two bowls of this soup! Mushrooms & all! Thanks for a great recipe.

  34. I have this in the crock pot right now, however I am doing it more like chicken breast over rice by only adding 2 cups of broth. For those having trouble with it not being done,I would suggest cooking 6-8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. 4 hours on low will not cut it! Easy weeknight meal!

  35. For all those asking for a dairy alternative, I made this with coconut milk and thought it was good. I don’t think it tasted like coconut but it thickened it just enough, my husband thought it was a little bland but I didn’t agree. You could probably add a little more spice if wanted but I thought it was good. Will make again

  36. This was a huge hit with all the ‘men’ in my house who are big eaters and need hearty meals to be satisfied. I one-and-a-halved this recipe to ensure leftovers to freeze. It never got that far as both my older sons that were home requested this the next night leftover. This was very easy to adapt all organic, which is important to me. The only changes I made were a) I sautéed the onion, celery & garlic for a few minutes, and mushrooms ever so slightly, before adding them to the crockpot, simply a personal preference and b) I started this on high for one hour and cooked a total of five hours. The guys made sure this was going to be a ‘regular’ from now on.

  37. I LOVED this soup! I would not change a thing about the recipe. I read some comments that said the soup was bland, but it really turned out full of flavor. I think the homemade chicken stock is the key! I used my stock from your best whole chicken in a crock pot recipe and it was wonderful! Thanks!

  38. I hope this is good! I just read some comments that says it’s bland. I hope I didn’t waste all that time chopping and slicing for it not to turn out well! We’ll see!!! I’ve been looking for a good chicken and rice recipe.

  39. 4 stars
    I made this last night and my family really enjoyed it. After reading a few notes that it was bland, I added thyme, parsley, and sage. I thought it was great. I cooked it longer than I was supposed to (about 6 hours) but the chicken was not dry and the rice was not mushy. For those asking about the dairy, I would just skip the cream. I added cream, but it’s definitely not mandatory. It just turns it into a creamier soup, vs. a brothier soup, if that makes sense.

  40. This looks great. However we have dairy intolerances in this house. Is there any substitute for the cream at the end?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. You could leave it out or use a non-dairy cream, though we have not tried. ~Amy

  41. If you use raw chicken, and cook it on low, does the chicken get hot enough inside to kill any pathogens?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Heather. Lisa does safely use raw chicken in this recipe. If you are concerned, you can use a food thermometer to be sure you get it heated to a safe temperature. ~Amy

  42. It says cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. That can’t be right. I followed the recipe exactly and the celery was completely raw. So disappointed.

    1. Yeah, I just had the same thing. I am going to turn it on high and hopefully it will be cooked by bed time, and we can eat it tomorrow…. but what to eat tonight?

    2. I agree. Made this tonight and after 4 hours on low tasted a bite and celery was still raw and rice was crunchy too! Upped the heat to high last hour and same thing. So disappointed! Waste of precious ingredients! Had to make a quick meal of quesadillas to feed hungry tummies. Soup went in the trash.

    3. I am sorry to hear that and yes that is correct to cook it on low – if anything another hour would do the trick, but was your rice done (before the celery)?

  43. I made this earlier in the week and the whole family loved it. What is great about it is that I had leftovers which is awesome for busy evenings when your running the kids around to activities. Thanks for such a great recipe, I will definitely be making this again!

  44. Does the rice over cook and become mushy the next day? I use a brown and wild rice blend when I make it on the stovetop, would that work here too?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi. I’ve not found rice in soups to be mushy and I think wild rice would work just fine. ~Amy

  45. 5 stars
    I used the broth made from your “the best whole chicken in a crock pot” and brown rice instead of wild rice. The seasoning from the chicken broth were perfect in this soup and no way bland. This was delicious!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kate. I think quinoa would work fine, though it would not absorb as much liquid. If you try, let us know how it turns out. ~Amy

  46. 5 stars
    Loved it! I didn’t have enough chicken broth so had to use water. That made me have to add some salt. This actually brought back memories of a dish my mom use to make. She was from the South. With a little filé powder, it would have been just like hers!

  47. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. I used mixed mushrooms for more variety and flavor.

  48. This came out very bland. I think if I made again i would sauté veggies first, add carrots and sources like thyme and sage. It’s a shame because I was hoping for left overs.

    1. The same thing happened to mine. It was very bland, and I was very disappointed because it was super easy and the ingredients seemed to be “no fail”, plus it has great reviews. I’m surprised that you are the only one to mention that it’s bland. Did we miss something? Unfortunately, “new” meals at my house typically only get one try….I just can’t spend the time and money on something that the family doesn’t love.

  49. I stopped using rice when I heard about the arsenic found in rice. Is there a type of rice that doesn’t have this issue? I figure if the FDA says to limit rice to kids then maybe I should. I normally don’t trust the FDA. Any thoughts on rice would be great. I miss it. I eat quinoa but the rest of the family doesn’t like it.

    1. If you go to and search for “arsenic in rice” it will give you several ways to avoid it. They suggest you boil brown rice in several cups of water then drain the excess off when the rice is done. One suggestion was 6 cups water to one cup rice. The more water the better – like pasta. I assume wild rice would be similar to brown because they both take about 45 minutes to cook. It doesn’t work as well for white rice. This adds an extra step to the recipe of course. You would add the cooked rice to the soup right before eating it. I suggest you google how to cook wild rice for proper times, etc. Hope this helps!

  50. Loved this! Made it for my family of 4, as well as my parents and my Nana (who is 99!). Every one ate every last drop! Nana was the only one who didn’t want almonds on hers. :) My 5 year old kept saying, “This soup is very wonderful, Mom! Thank you for making it.” Thank you for making me feel very loved and appreciated last night 100 Days!!!

  51. Dumb question– where do you find wild rice? I have not seen this in my grocery store other than the Uncle Ben’s wild rice and I am assuming this is not what you mean?

    1. It has been awhile since I’ve purchased wild rice since I don’t care for it, but there should be bags of it with the regular rice if I remember correctly. Also check the ingredients on Uncle Ben’s it might be ok.

  52. So funny, just tonight I was thinking about how I want to make more chicken soup and also, I need to use the crock pot more. Perfect timing, I tell ya! Pinned!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      We’ve not subbed in this recipe. You could leave it out or try a dairy free cream. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello. You could leave it out or try a dairy free cream alternative. ~Amy

      1. There are no instructions for what to do with the chicken. I’m thinking it needs to be cut/diced at some point. Is it best to do before cooking or after?

      2. Hi, sorry about that, you could either chop it in pieces or shred it at the end. – Nicole

  53. I too am wondering if we can leave out or substitute for the cream. Dairy allergy in our house. Maybe a plain coconut yogurt? Or could we just leave out?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi. You could leave it out or use a dairy free cream alternative though we’ve not tried. ~Amy

  54. All wild rice is not the same.

    If you buy native grown and harvested, you will have authentic manoomin. You will notice a huge difference from the “fake”, commercially grown, and processed wild rice.

    Maybe you purchase real manoomin, just thought I’d comment.

      1. Living in Wisconsin and raised in Minnesota, the best way to get the real wild rice would be through one of the Ojibwe bands. Many of the Nations have websites where you can buy their products. For example, the Red Lake band of Ojibwe sell walleye and perch. I think they may even sell wild rice as well. Purchasing from the Nations definitely helps support their health/wellness/education initiatives on their reservations.

    1. When I cook with authentic wild rice, I’ve learned that it needs to be soaked first. Did you soak soak it before using this recipe? I’ve never used rice in the crock pot before and I know wild rice is a bit different.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sue. Maybe an organic soy or coconut milk cream? You could also just leave it out. ~Amy

  55. I know this is dumb, but I have zero experience with a crockpot (cut me some slack, I’m on my own for the first time ;) ), but is the chicken uncooked when put in the crockpot?

    1. No dumb questions here! :) Glad you bought a crock pot – you’ll love it. And yes, the chicken is raw so this is a super easy dish to make.

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