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Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Indulge in comfort with our Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. This simple chicken wild rice soup recipe combines tender chicken, wholesome wild rice, and a creamy broth in the Instant Pot for a quick and satisfying meal.

Perfect for cozy nights, this creamy Panera rice soup brings the rich flavors of chicken and wild rice to your table with minimal effort. Get ready to savor every spoonful of comfort!

Instant Pot Chicken And Wild Rice Soup

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Hearty vegetables. This soup is packed with hearty vegetables like mushrooms, carrots, spinach, and onions.
  • Comforting: The combination of hearty ingredients and warm broth makes this soup incredibly comforting, ideal for cold days or when you’re feeling under the weather.
Instant Pot Panera Rice Soup

Recipe Ingredients

  • Onion: Adds a sweet flavor that forms part of the soup’s base.
  • Carrots: Add color, texture, and natural sweetness to the soup.
  • Mushrooms: Depending on the type chosen, they add a meaty texture and an earthy flavor to the soup.
  • Spinach: Offers fresh, slightly bitter flavor and contributes to the soup’s vibrant green color.
  • Chicken Broth: Provides a savory richness and forms the liquid base of the soup.
  • Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs: Boneless, skinless chicken adds protein and a hearty, savory flavor to the soup.
  • Long Grain Wild Rice: Contributes a chewy texture, nutty flavor, and the included seasoning packet enhances the overall flavor of the soup.
  • Seasonings (Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning): Essential seasonings that enhance the overall flavor of the soup.
Instant Pot Panera Rice Soup ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup?

Step 1: Saute The Veggies

First, push the saute button on your Instant Pot and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add your onion, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute them for 5 minutes.

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Step 2: Add Ingredients To Instant Pot

Press cancel to turn the saute off. Then, add the cooked chicken, broth, water, rice and seasoning packet, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir the rice in.

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Step 3: Pressure Cook

Next, close and lock the lid, and turn your pressure valve to the sealing position. Then hit pressure cook or manual and set the time for 20 minutes.

Step 4: Release The Pressure

For any soups, I recommend letting the Instant Pot naturally release so it doesn’t spray through the valve. However, if you are rushed for time, you can do a manual release.

Step 5: Add Spinach And Milk

Remove chicken and set aside. Add the spinach and milk and stir until soup thickens. 

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Step 6: Add The Chicken

Shred the chicken and stir back into the soup.

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Step 7: Serve

Serve and Enjoy!

Instant Pot Panera Rice Soup

Cooking Tips

  • Use Wild Rice: It holds its texture well and adds a nutty flavor.
  • Avoid Overfilling: Don’t fill your Instant Pot more than two-thirds full for even cooking.
  • Pressure Release: Naturally release the soup for only ten minutes followed by a manual release. This will prevent the rice overcooking.

Variations

  • Mushroom and Wild Rice Chicken Soup: Enhance the earthy flavors by adding a mix of wild mushrooms like shiitake, cremini, and oyster mushrooms to the soup. Saute the mushrooms with onions and garlic for depth of flavor.
  • Curry Chicken Wild Rice Soup: Infuse a touch of curry powder or curry paste for a warm and aromatic flavor. Add coconut milk to create a creamy chicken wild rice variation.
  • Creamy Spinach and Chicken Wild Rice Soup: Incorporate fresh spinach leaves for a vibrant color and added nutritional value. Finish the soup with a swirl of heavy cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt for extra creaminess.

Substitutions

  • Chicken Thighs: Yes, you can substitute skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breast. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful.
  • Brown Rice: While you can use brown rice, it will alter the flavor and texture of the soup. A real wild rice blend gives the soup a unique, nutty flavor and chewy texture.
  • Coconut Milk: Adds creaminess to the soup, but if you prefer, you can use regular dairy milk or a non-dairy alternative such as almond milk.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Cool Down Soup: Allow the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup to cool down and place in an airtight container.

Refrigerator Storage: Store the wild rice soup in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Freezer Storage: For longer storage, freeze the soup for 2-3 months.

Thaw and Reheat: When ready to eat, thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove for 5 minutes.

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Tasty Broccoli Salad: A vibrant, crunchy side that adds a refreshing contrast to the hearty soup.
  • Parmesan Monkey Bread: Savory, cheesy bread that pairs wonderfully with the soup, perfect for dipping.
  • Tomato Basil Bruschetta: Fresh tomato and basil bruschetta on crispy slices of baguette offer a burst of flavors that complement the soup.
  • Roasted Vegetable Platter: A medley of roasted vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes served with a dip makes for a colorful and savory side.
  • Crispy Chickpea Snack: Roasted chickpeas seasoned with your favorite spices add a crunchy and protein-rich element to your meal.

FAQ’S

Can I Use Frozen Chicken Breasts

Yes, you can use frozen chicken breasts in this Instant Pot Chicken wild rice soup. Increase the pressure cooking time by 2 minutes.

Do I Have To Use Real Wild Rice, Or Can I Use A Blend?

Real wild rice will give the soup a more authentic flavor and texture, but a wild rice blend can be used if it’s more accessible or suits your palate better.

How Do I Thicken the Soup?

If you find that this soup is too thin for your liking, you can always thicken it up. To thicken any soup, pull out a little broth into a separate bowl, add a few tablespoons of cornstarch or flour to it, and whisk it together.

Next, whisk the mixture into your soup to thicken it. This will help prevent the starch from clumping and help it dissolve into the soup evenly.

Can I Cook This In The Slow Cooker?

Absolutely! You’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly, as slow cookers typically require longer cooking times than Instant Pots.

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Instant Pot Chicken And Wild Rice Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Savor the hearty Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, a quick, comforting meal loaded with flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup onion, diced
  • 2/3 cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup rough chopped spinach
  • 4 cups homemade or low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 pkg long grain wild rice with seasoning packet, I used uncle ben’s
  • ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. First, push the saute button on your Instant Pot and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add your onion, carrots, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute them for 5 minutes.
  2. Press cancel to turn the saute off. Then, add the cooked chicken, broth, water, rice and seasoning packet, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir the rice in.
  3. Next, close and lock the lid, and turn your pressure valve to the sealing position. Then hit pressure cook or manual and set the time for 20 minutes.
  4. For any soups, I recommend letting the Instant Pot naturally release so it doesn’t spray through the valve. However, if you are rushed for time, you can do a manual release.
  5. Remove chicken and set aside. Add the spinach and milk and stir until soup thickens. 
  6. Shred the chicken and stir back into the soup.
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

Notes

  • Pick Wild Rice: It holds its texture well and adds a nutty flavor.
  • Saute First: Saute onions, garlic, and chicken in the Instant Pot before pressure cooking for depth of flavor.
  • Avoid Overfilling: Don’t fill your Instant Pot more than two-thirds full for even cooking.
  • Quality Stock Matters: Use high-quality, low-sodium chicken stock for enhanced flavor.
  • Cook Rice Separately: To maintain its texture, cook wild rice separately and add it after pressure cooking.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g

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