Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

This hearty and creamy soup combines tender chicken, earthy mushrooms, and nutty wild rice in a comforting broth. Perfect for chilly days, it’s a meal in itself that’s sure to satisfy.

Ingredients

  • For the Soup Base:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (cremini or button mushrooms work well)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup wild rice, rinsed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Creamy Finish:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Sauté the Vegetables and Chicken:
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until they release their juices and begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken pieces and cook until they are no longer pink on the outside.
  1. Cook the Wild Rice:
  • Add the rinsed wild rice to the pot, stirring to combine with the vegetables and chicken.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and add the dried thyme and rosemary.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until the wild rice is tender.
  1. Make the Creamy Base:
  • In a separate small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour to form a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes, until lightly golden.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk and heavy cream, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes.
  1. Combine and Serve:
  • Once the rice is cooked, pour the creamy mixture into the soup pot, stirring to combine.
  • Allow the soup to simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes to blend the flavors.
  • Adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  1. Garnish and Serve:
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread on the side for a complete meal.

Enjoy your comforting bowl of Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup!

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