Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Get ready to savor the warmth of Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup. This easy-to-make, nourishing soup combines tender chicken thighs, wild rice, and a medley of seasonings in a rich, creamy broth. 

Making this creamy wild rice soup with chicken in a crock pot is super easy and convenient. Add rice, veggies, and chicken to the pot, pour some broth and spices, and let it cook slowly. A little while before it's done, mix in a creamy flour and butter mixture to thicken it up. The crock pot does most of the work, blending the flavors together over time, making it a great choice for a hassle-free meal ready when you are.

Crock pot chicken and wild rice soup is great for a family dinner, easy for meal prep, and even better for gatherings. Serve it with crusty bread or a salad for a complete meal. On holidays, it's a cozy starter and a hearty main course for game nights in the colder months. This soup is all about great taste and easy cooking, fitting into your meal plans any day of the week!

Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Wild Rice - Adds a distinctive, earthy flavor and chewy texture to the soup, making it hearty and filling.
  • Mirepoix (celery, onion, carrots) - This classic trio provides a foundational flavor base, adding depth and a subtle sweetness.
  • Chicken Thighs - Offer tender, juicy meat that enriches the soup with a deep chicken flavor and satisfying protein.
  • Minced Garlic - Brings a pungent, aromatic quality that enhances the overall savory notes of the soup.
  • Worcestershire Sauce - Introduces a complex, tangy flavor that deepens the soup's taste profile.
  • Seasoning (Italian Seasoning, black pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves) - This blend of herbs and spices adds layers of warmth, earthiness, and a hint of spice.
  • Butter - Provides a rich, creamy base for the roux, contributing to the soup's velvety texture.
  • All-Purpose Flour - Used in making the roux, it thickens the soup, giving it a smooth, hearty consistency.
  • Heavy Cream - Adds luxurious creaminess and richness, rounding out the flavors and making the soup satisfying.
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How To Make Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Prepare the meat and vegetables: Dice the carrots, celery, and onion. Remove any excess fat from the chicken thighs. Pat dry with paper towels. 

Season the ingredients: Add the diced vegetables and wild rice to the slow cooker, then place the prepared chicken thighs on top. Add the garlic, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried seasonings, and bay leaves.

Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours. 

Make the roux: When there are only 30 minutes left in the cooking time, make the roux. Heat the butter in a small saucepan until melted. Slowly mix in the flour and continue mixing until the flour is cooked into the butter. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream until a thick mixture is formed. 

Shred the chicken: After the cream is thickened, remove the bay leaves and chicken thighs from the soup. Shred the chicken thighs with two forks, then add back into the crock pot and pour in the cream mixture. Stir until well combined. Serve while hot. Enjoy! 

Cooking Tips

  • Rinse the wild rice thoroughly before adding it to the crock pot to remove excess starch, ensuring the soup doesn't become too thick.
  • Chop the mirepoix (celery, onion, carrots) uniformly for even cooking.
  • Trim excess fat from the chicken thighs to keep the soup healthier and reduce the amount of grease.
  • Layer the ingredients in the crock pot with the chicken on top of the rice and vegetables for optimal flavor infusion.
  • Cook the soup on low heat if you have time, as a slower cook allows for better mixing of flavors.
  • When making the roux, cook the butter and flour mixture until it's a light golden brown to avoid a raw flour taste.
  • Gradually whisk in the heavy cream to the roux to prevent lumps and ensure a smooth consistency.
  • Add the heavy cream mixture towards the end of the cooking process to maintain its rich texture and prevent curdling.
Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup in a crock pot

Variations & Substitutions

  • For a lighter version, substitute the heavy cream with half-and-half or whole milk, reducing the calorie count while still retaining creaminess.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs for a leaner protein option, keeping in mind they may cook a bit faster.
  • Swap wild rice with brown rice or a wild rice blend for a different texture and slightly altered flavor profile.
  • Add a splash of white wine to the broth for an extra layer of sophisticated, tangy flavor.
  • Incorporate mushrooms for an earthy element; they pair well with wild rice and chicken.
  • Introduce a spicy kick with a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Stir in some fresh spinach or kale near the end of cooking for added color and nutrition.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or dill before serving to add a burst of freshness.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: Let the soup cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Stir the soup before reheating, as the ingredients may settle or separate.

Freezing: Cool the soup completely and then portion it into freezer-safe containers or bags, leaving some space at the top for expansion. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Reheating: To reheat, gently warm the soup over medium heat on the stove, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating. If it's too thick after storing, you can thin it with a little broth or water. Avoid boiling as this can affect the creamy texture.

Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup
PREP TIME 5minutes 
COOK TIME 4hours 
TOTAL TIME 4hours  5minutes 
CUISINE American
CALORIES 333 kcal


  • Your Favorite Crock Pot


  • 1 cup wild rice (rinsed)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 3 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (trim off excess fat)
  • 4 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  •  cup butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream


  • Add wild rice, onion, celery, and carrots to the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Place chicken thighs on top of the rice and mirepoix. Add garlic, chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, Rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves.
  • Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • Thirty minutes before cook time is up. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted. Then, slowly whisk in the flour to form a roux. Once the roux has thickened, slowly whisk in the heavy cream,
  • Remove bay leaves and chicken thighs. Discard bay leaves and shred chicken with two forks.
  • Add the chicken and cream mixture back into the crock pot. Mix until well combined.
  • Serve while hot, and enjoy!

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