I certainly have been enjoying making a lot of soups lately and my favourite has to be this creamy mushroom chicken and wild rice soup which is a combination of two amazing soups, cream of mushroom soup and chicken and wild rice soup! This soup has the best of both worlds with chicken, wild rice and plenty of veggies from the one soup to the mushrooms and creamy broth from the other soup and the combination is just magical! I like to use a variety of mushrooms from button, to cremini, shiitake, oyster, etc. and I saute them in butter before moving on to the veggies. I season the soup with a generous helping of parmesan cheese which just melts into the broth infusing it with its umami packed flavour! One of the great things about this soup is how easy it is to make and it only takes about 40 minutes making it a good meal even when there isn’t a lot of time. If you are looking for a tasty soup to enjoy this fall or winter this creamy mushroom chicken and wild rice soup is a great way to go!
Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
A warm and creamy mushroom, chicken and wild rice soup that is down right one of the best comfort food around!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup wild rice (or a blend of rice including wild rice)
- 1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and diced or shredded
- 1 cup milk or cream
- 1 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms have released their liquids and the liquid has evaporated, about 10-15 minutes, before setting aside.
- Melt the butter in the pan, add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
- Mix in the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the broth, rice, chicken and mushrooms, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, about 20-30 minutes.
- Mix in the milk and cheese and cook until the cheese has melted, before seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
Option: Soak 1 ounce of dried mushrooms in 1 cup of just boiled water for 20 minutes before chopping the mushrooms and adding along with the garlic and adding the mushroom water along with the broth for an even more intense mushroom flavour!
Option: Add 2 tablespoons white miso paste in step 5 before seasoning with salt and pepper.
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Kevin, this looks amazing! Do you think it would be good without the chicken? And what type of milk do you recommend?
I make this recipe with no chicken and substituted the chicken broth with veggie broth… it was an absolute hit!! Making it for the second time this month today!
Sharon Cushman says
This was YUMMY! I made this as written but cooking the wild rice took alot of the liquid .Ended up adding more broth and more cream. Will be making this again! Thank you!
A Sparkling Journey says
Looks so good and perfect dinner for a cold evening!
Could you clarify two of your steps? Which step do you add the onions? Which step do you use the 2 T of butter? You have butter, mushrom and onions in step 1 and then you have butter, onions carrot and celery in step 2. Also, step 5 is "Mix" right?
Airin: You cook the mushrooms in the 2T of butter, set aside and cook the onions, carrots, celery in the next 1T butter before adding the mushrooms back in along with the broth. Yes, that should have been mix not milx! LOL! Enjoy!
This was very tasty. I tried option 1 and it gave the soup a wonderful flavour. I didn’t have chicken so went without and it was still delicious!
Looking to make, but confused on directions. Do I melt 2 tbl butter with the mushrooms and onions and then split the onions and mushrooms up from eachother?
ood catch! The onions are cooked inm step 2 with the other veggies! Enmjoy!
Question: how much is a serving? Based on your nutrition facts? I see it serves 6, but I plan to double recipe and was just curious if it’s a cup, 1.5, 2? Thanks!
TH NFs are per serving and the servings are 2 cups. Enjoy!
Does this soup freeze well? I have a bunch leftover.
It was very delicious!
This soup does freeze well!
Dr Martin Huang says
This is perfect for my Saturday morning. Finally can have something special for my breakfast.
Kevin, I just wanted to let you know that I made this soup the other day, with just one tiny addition, and it was awesome. I had some pancetta in the fridge, so I cooked that up with the chicken first, removed that from the pan, then cooked the mushrooms in the pancetta fat with a little extra butter. I then proceeded with the recipe as written, and it was very, very good. Thanks for your recipes and time! You have a wonderful collection here!!
do you think this will freeze well for a week meal prep?
conns: Yes, this soup freezes well!
I have made this soup twice for 2 different groups of dinner guest and I received rave reviews. Both times, we used applewood smoked skinless thighs
this is the best tasting soup of its kind that I have ever tried. Have made this 2 times now over the past month. Will be making again soon.
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Made this soup today and it was delicious! I would definitely try seasoned chicken next time.
Just made this tonight, using skinless, boneless, thighs, 8 oz of fresh cremini mushrooms and 8 oz of dried reconstituted mushrooms from the Asian market. It was absolutely delicious! Definitely making it again. Thanks so much!
This is just delish! HH loved it too! Thanks for posting!
Amy vassallo says
One of our new favorite soups. Used half cretinism and half dried woodear mushrooms.
Jodi Robinson says
I made this for dinner tonight, but when the rice was done, I totally forgot to add the cream and parmesan. Still, it was one of the best soups I’ve ever made … and I’ve made a whole lot!! Leftovers tomorrow, and I’ll remedy the forgotten ingredient omission. I don’t see how i could be better, but cream and parm couldn’t make it worse!
Has anyone substituted the chicken for shrimp?
That would be good! Add the shrimp near the end so that they do not over cook.
Could I use beef broth? I don’t have chicken broth
Yes you can!
I added a can of cream of chicken with herbs and made a roux….. so good!!! I also made the long grain wild rice separately from rice-a-roni just because it’s my favorite!!!! This is my new favorite soup ever!!!!!
how would you make this in the crock pot?
Optionally implement steps 1-3 and throw everything into the slow cooker and cook on low until the rice is tender, about 6-10 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Enjoy!
Erika Fronko says
Just made this today, it is delicious. Will definitely make again.
This look amazing! What would you suggest instead of mushroom? Thanks for sharing such a delicious looking recipe x
You might try cannellini beans, sun-dried tomatoes, tofu, russet potatoes, or egg plant – or just leave them out.
Do I cover soup while simmering?
Yes you do! Enjoy!
Kathy L says
I have some leftover Wild Rice. Can I use this? Would I have to adjust the liquid?
Yes you can! Use about 2 cups less of chicken broth. Enjoy!
Excited to make this tonight for dinner!
This soup was just MEH. I make homemade soups often so I was very excited to try something new after reading the reviews. I wouldn’t make it again. I felt it lacked flavor. Pros: Incredibly easy recipe for novice cooks.
That’s what I thought the first time. I used the dried mushrooms and the leftover juices the second time and it made a world of difference
It must be cause you didn’t know how to cook it! I am a soup fan and I constantly try new soup recipes. This soup is absolutely delicious!!
My daughter is dairy free, do you think almond milk would be ok to use? I cannot add the cheese also, would that take away too much flavor? Thanks, this looks delicious!!
You can use an alternative milk like almond milk and you can replace the cheese with some nutritional yeast (taste test as you add it).
What would you recommend if you don’t have wild rice on hand? White rice? Brown rice? Thanks!!
Brown rice works well in this soup!
Penny L Bjorlin says
Am I supposed to add the seasoning packet from the box of wild rice/rice mix?
Do not add the seasoning packet from your rice! Enjoy!
Barbara Miller says
I added the packet and added no salt. It was fantastic.
Could I substitute the rice for quinoa?
Quinoa is good in this soup! Enjoy!
Iwalani Harris says
This recipe was so easy to make and just SCREAMS…Comfort food!!! I actually used chicken thighs and made it in an InstaPot. It took on a life that was more like a stew but oh so delish! Thank you for sharing this hit of a recipe! Iʻll be taking this to potlucks for certain!
Just curious if this is supposed to turn out soupy or more thick? I followed instructions exactly and mine has kind of turned to a creamy mush. The flavour is good, but just not too sure about the consistency. Thanks!
This should have a broth consistency. If it was mushy, it sounds like the rice was cooked until it started to dissolve and ‘thicken’ the soup.
Has anyone tried evaporated milk instead of cream? Any suggestions to cut out the heavy cream?
Alice R says
I’ve made this 3 times in the last 2 weeks. It is my family’s new favorite soup! When I used homemade chicken broth, it took it over the top! I used 1/3C wild rice 1/3C barley and 1/3C long grain white rice. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious. I used homemade turkey stock and 2 cups of turkey instead of chicken and baby bella mushrooms. Even my 3 year old enjoyed it! Will definitely make it again 🙂
Is the note about using “dried mushrooms” a completely different step in addition to the initial step of sautéing mushrooms in butter?
Yes it is! Saute the fresh mushrooms as per the directions and then add the rehydrated and chopped dried mushrooms with the garlic and cook briefly before continuing. Enjoy!
Samantha M. says
Do you add cooked or uncooked rice to the soup?
it’s uncooked rice. Enjoy!
Quite possibly the most delicious thing that’s ever come out of my kitchen. I omitted the mushrooms as I had a few picky eaters and went with adding the white miso paste. And I was thrilled to of used up the remaining cheese I had from an xmas dish I made. Absolutely fabulous.
Good recipe, directions just unclear kinda pissed me off because I follow step by step but I pulled it together
What do you find unclear in the recipe?
Do I cook the rice first? Or just toss on dry and let the broth cook it?
The rice is uncooked and it cooks in the broth. Enjoy!
Wow this was so GOOD!! I ended up cooking the chicken in the same pot from the beginning and then took it out when it was done and shredded it and added it back in at the very end. I also added the miso paste and I really think it added a lot. This was so tasty. I can’t wait to make it again.
I’m glad you like it! Miso is one of my favourite soup ingredients these days!
Do you do the miso AND dried mushrooms or just one or the other?
You can add one or both; I like to add both! Enjoy!
Hello! Just wondering if you added two stalks of celery or two sticks?? Trying to figure out if this is a typo?? I’m starting the soup now and not sure what to do with this step???
2 stalks = 2 sticks of celery
Chrishaun Branch says
What kind of mushrooms did you use?
Pretty much any mushrooms work! In these photos I used a combination of cremini, oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Enjoy!
The is soup is awesome!!!!!👩🍳👍
I made this with organic cremini mushrooms and it was delicious! Next time I’m leaving out the chicken. This soup is good comfort food in the snowy Chicago winter.
Made for the first time this evening and it was a big hit. I splurged and used heavy cream instead of milk, added lots of fresh ground black pepper, then added a few handfuls of fresh baby spinach as the very last step. The spinach quickly wilted into the soup and added another dimension of color, flavor and vitamins.
I made this and it is the best soup I have ever made! Although I put in the seasononing From my wild rice packet and it looks very herbal, the garlic and Parmesan give it the best flavor for the chicken and portabella mushrooms!!! Yummy
This is our new FAVORITE chicken soup!!! Thank you, Kevin.
Jeanine Carlson says
Love this recipe! Made it for a church supper and it was a big hit. Wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks for a wonderful recipe.
Jennifer Eaton says
Do you add the chicken to the soup raw or already cooked and shredded?
The chicken in the recipe is cooked! Rotisserie chicken is super convenient!
You could use raw/uncooked chicken in a number of different ways:
1. Add full uncooked chicken breasts (or thighs) to the soup in step 4 and simmer until cooked through before removing, slicing (or shredding) and returning it to the soup.
2. Add sliced/diced uncooked chicken to the soup in step 4 and simmer until cooked through.
3. Saute sliced/diced uncooked chicken in oil in the sauce pan to brown before step 1 and set it aside until adding it to the soup in step 4.
Also, those canned Costco chicken cannisters sure make this meal quick in the Instant Pot. Wife said it was a “do-nothing” meal. And, this has the type of flavor and character that I’ll ask her to make at least once a month in future.
Couldn’t ask for a better recipe
Nicole farris says
Hi, was wondering what kind of bread is in the picture, looks delicious thank you!
This looks so good, I can’t wait to make it, but I’m not sure what this wild rice blend is. Can you please tell me what kind of rice I need for this?
Thanks so much, Julia
You can use all wild rice or a blend/combination/mixture of rices that include wild rice, brown rice, rice, etc. Enjoy!
Janet Bradley says
I can’t e at mushroom, can I leave them out? Sooooo want to try this recipe. It sounds amazing!!!!
You can leave the mushrooms out and make this a chicken and wild rice soup!
This look amazing, can’t wait to try today! Any idea how this might work in the Instant Pot? Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Barbara Miller says
I made this yummy recipe this past weekend. I used rotisarie chicken breasts, half n half, 4 cups of water and 4 chicken bouillon cubes, Rice a roni wild rice and tossed in the seasoning pkt. very yummy. Will be making it again.
Hello 🙂 I am wanting to make this today, and just want to make sure on something. The recipe calls for grated Parmesan, so just want to make sure you mean the powdery one? The picture shows shredded on top, so just making sure. Thank you so much!
I usually use a wedge of parmesan that I grate myself but the canned powdery one works just as well!
So good! Threw in the rind from the Parmesan cheese while the rice cooked. Also used heavy cream and did the miso step. Served with toasted rosemary bread- a real winner!
Valeigh Davis says
THIS WAS SOOOOOO GOOD! I omitted the Parmesan cheese because after adding the heavy cream, it was perfection! I added about 3 generous tablespoons of Better than Boulion at the end instead of salt. Delish!
After reading thru your recipe I am anxious to make it.
I’ll keep it low-carb by substituting cauliflower “rice” for the rice and save time using a rotisserie chicken.
This definitely looks like a winner! Perfect to have on hand in the freezer.
Linda Kleinbart says
This was delicious….even better the next day! I let it sit a while and the rice puffed up like crazy! I loved it and will make it again!
This was delicious. MY husband is a picky eater and he raved about it. Perfect for a chilly evening.
Same, Karen. Exactly. I just wrote Kevin about the same. I’m a Man’s Man — if you know what I mean, but I still liked it when Wifey cooked it. I made a few changes, such as thicker broth; but, that’s just me. Glad your Hubby liked it.
What do I say, Kevin? Another excellent recipe. We cooked it tonight on 1-30-2021, and I really liked it. Granted, I wish the soup was a little more saucey-like (instead of brothy), but wife said she could corn-slurry it where it is more dense of a liquid. Also, she might not have simmered it long enough, because as we ate it, there were some hard rock-like stuff in it. But, I assume that the rice is tougher than she is used to, so she said it was still on the pot; and, she’d simmer it more tomorrow before we eat it. But, barring all of that, this is such an incredible recipe. Here are her notes: I used 2 boxes rice a roni wild rice blend with seasoning and 2 cans Costco chicken (12 oz cans). And, the canned Costco chicken helped make the recipe go quicker, so I suggested to her to really cut it down & decimate it when she adds it & pull out gritty pieces, then it is just like unnoticeable in the soup. So, thanks. Hope any of my suggestions help. I didn’t read the above.
Just a recipe like this, is worth yearly rewarding you / “tipping you” by buying your new year’s cookbook. We do that every year. Again, thank you, Kevin. You are a friend of our family. If you ever come to Houston, Texas … let us know … David
Let me make another comment. I am not normally a soup kind-of guy, but this soup really checks all my boxes (other than the liquid being more brothy and not saucy — like gravy). So, I can’t say enough that your recipes really help America (and Canada too, I guess) eat better and save money. So, thank you Kevin for all that you and your Staff at ClosetCooking do for the Middle Class people in this world. Also, maybe, have a page on your site to list out types of soups. I love saucey soups more, but this will be adapted into a thicker, sludgey hearty, homestyle soup.
skip torok says
I made this today. MOST EXCELLENT! Iadded shrimp! Mmmmmmmmmm! I’ll be making this very often.
I have made this several times, and each time I make it it tastes better. I have tried it with milk, half and half and with heavy cream. I must say my favorite is with the heavy cream. But in a pinch I will use half and half. I wasnt impressed with the results when I used milk. Im glad I didnt make it that way the first time or I may have never make it again. Although not waist line friendly, still very good. I did end up thickening it up just a bit with a cornstarch and water slurry.
Another Sunday dinner recipe ! Made as per recipe but added a little cornstarch slurry to thicken it.
Thank you Kevin !
Been trying to find a chicken and mushroom soup for ages and came across this I’m so glad I did because it was delicious and is now on my favourites list will deal make again. Thank you for posting your recipe on here 😊😊
If you cook this in the crock pot, should you wait until closer to the end to add the milk/cream and Parmesan cheese, or do you add it in the beginning with everything else (after completing steps 1-3)? Thank you!
Wait until the end to add the milk/cream and parmesan. Enjoy!
Such an amazing soup! Added some broccoli and chicken bouillion, and subbed parmigiano for romano, and thyme for rosemary. Thank you!
Melanie Willard says
Hello. This sounds yummy but since I know I‘lol have leftovers I would like to cook the rice separately. Any suggestions?
You can cook the rice separately and mix it into the soup when ready!
Rebecca Boureston says
I tried this recipe tonight and it was Delicious!! I added the rind of a used Parmesan block in the soup before adding the cheese, and it added a fun dimension to the broth! Thanks for the great recipe!
Does anyone know the number of servings and serving size? Trying to count calories. Thanks!
This recipe makes 6 ~2 cup servings and the Nutrition Facts are per serving. Enjoy!
This soup is absolutely delicious! Even better as leftovers….for us it is definitely a 5 Star soup!!!
Love this “Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup”, this one seems amazing , love to try this , thanks for sharing ingredients and instructions.
I made this soup today. I love soup and make it often. This is the VERY best chicken soup I have ever made! Thanks for this fantastic recipe 💛
Love this delicious and amazing Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, this soup seems like perfect,. My husband gonna love this one . Thanks for sharing with us.
Love to make this Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe , thanks you for sharing this one
Very interesting cooking blog, good job, and thanks for sharing such a good blog.
I made this last night with the wild rice that had been sitting in my cupboard for months because I had no idea what to do with it! This recipe has me excited to add wild rice to my next grocery list. I used brown cremini mushrooms but next time I want to try making it with a variety of different mushrooms- the soup was delicious, hearty and comforting. A new fave!
You knocked it out of the park again. This is delicious, and I had to comment again. Yes, we made it about a year ago, but we happened to make it again — by random — and it was MORE FABULOUS this time. Wife did it a bit different. She cooked chicken in instant pot, cooked it in broth in poultry seasoning, then shredded it. She also cooked the rice separate where it would be perfectly tender & correctly made. Then, she combined it all and cooked it. My only change was slicing the mushrooms smaller and decimating the chicken into rice sized pieces — instead of the multiple bigger chunks that she had. But, other than that, this was even better this time.
Thank you for all you do for us & everyone else …
Thank you for this recipe! It was so delicious I made it for company! Didn’t change a thing! It was perfectly perfect!
every recipe i’ve tried of yours has been AMAZING! this was scrumptious! i added a bit of white wine after i sautéed the veg. also premade the wild rice and just added it to the bowl before serving. hubby doesn’t like wild rice🙄. thank you for your delicious recipes!
Love this delicious Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, this one seems super delicious and amazing . Definitely gonna try this unique recipe .
1st of all I would like to say that I love love this recipe I also added a can of red kidney beans which was a game changer the only thing I would say is you should post a recipe for some croutons that are pictured in the picture thank you
This soup was so DELICIOUS!! I think it’s the best soup I’ve ever made ~ Thank you for this! 🙂
I love this delicious Creamy Mushroom Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, tried last week. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us, will love to try this one.
COLLEEN HARQUAIL says
I made this wonderful soup and my husband loves it, now when I go somewhere or for a shut in I always bring this soup! I love all your recipes and your my go to site * * * * *
Great recipe, but my wild rice took an hour to cook and the parmesan cheese never completely melted.
Some wild rice requires longer cook time, check the package for an approximate time. What kind of parmesan did you use.
Made this on a very cold, snowy night, and it was absolutely perfect!
The only thing I did differently was to partially pre-cook the wild rice, since the package said to cook it for 65 minutes. I cooked it for about 40, then proceeded with the recipe as directed.
This soup reheats very well.