Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup

On a cool Fall day, nothing warms you up better than a hearty bowl of Chicken, Wild Rice and Bacon Soup!  Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling soup!Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling soup!

I found this recipe in a cookbook I bought for my friend Shari last Christmas!  I gave her the cookbook (she LOVES to cook), and cringed just a bit when she said her son had given her the exact same cookbook, so she gave it back to me and told me to keep it. Gadzooks!  Of course, I did (it was a sacrifice… ha ha), and I have loved finding new soup recipes for our family in it, including THIS one.  My husband and I loved this amazing soup!

The soup has a rather long cook time (60 minutes) in order to soften the wild rice, but other than that (and that really wasn’t a big deal), it was a simple soup to prepare. I recommend this recipe (AND the cookbook) whole-heartedly, and hope you will consider trying it!  Here’s how to make the soup:

Cook bacon pieces in a large, heavy pot.  *TIP: I cut the bacon into 1″ strips with kitchen scissors before cooking, because it cooks faster. Simply stack the bacon, then cut through strips with scissors (or sharp knife). Cook bacon on medium-high heat until crisp (takes about 5-7 minutes). When done, transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Set aside. Leave bacon grease in pot.

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place butter, chopped carrot and onion into the pot. Cook on medium-high, stirring often, until carrot begins to soften (about 5-6 minutes).

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add minced garlic and dried thyme. Cook for one minute, stirring, so the garlic doesn’t burn. Pour in the white wine. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often to scrape up any bacon “bits” from bottom of pan (these will add flavor to soup).

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Now add chicken broth and wild rice to pot. Stir to combine. Turn heat down to Low, put a lid on the pot and cook for 60 minutes or until rice is tender.

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once rice is tender, add cooked bacon and chicken to soup. By the way, I quickly cooked the chicken while the soup was cooking, so it was ready to go once the rice was tender. You can also use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked or boiled chicken to save time, as well!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine. Return the soup to a low simmer; cook soup, uncovered for 5 more minutes, until heated through, and soup has thickened a bit.

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once soup has heated through, season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Now it’s ready to serve!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This is how it looked when I ladled it into our soup bowls… doesn’t it look yummy?  Guess what… it TASTES yummy, too! Serve the soup with some crusty french bread, and enjoy!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you will consider trying this soup!  I know it’s hard to look at a picture and wonder if it actually tastes good… but it does!  The kitchen smelled incredibly good, too, while this was cooking!

The leftovers were good for lunch the next day, as well.  You will notice with the leftovers (IF you have any leftovers… wink, wink) that the rice absorbs more of the broth if refrigerated overnight.  Simply add a bit more broth when you reheat the soup, and it will be as good as the first night you made it! Have a great day… and make some SOUP!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook “Williams-Sonoma Soup Of The Day”, published by Weldon Owen, Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc., 2011, page 61.

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Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this delicious, creamy and filling soup!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6-7 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1" strips (use kitchen scissors or sharp knife to cut)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion (medium), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless), cooked and chopped (1" chunks)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Cut bacon into 1" strips with kitchen scissors. (stack bacon, then cut through strips with scissors or sharp knife). Cook bacon pieces in a large, heavy pot on medium-high heat until crisp (takes about 5-7 minutes). When done, transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Set aside. Leave bacon grease in pot.
  2. Place butter, chopped carrot and onion into the pot. Cook on medium-high, stirring often, until carrot begins to soften (about 5-6 minutes). Add minced garlic and dried thyme. Cook for an additional minute, stirring, so the garlic doesn't burn. Add wine. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often to scrape up any bacon "bits" from bottom of pan (these add flavor to soup). Add chicken broth and wild rice to pot. Stir to combine. Turn heat down to Low, put a lid on the pot and cook for 60 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. Once rice is tender, add cooked bacon and chicken to soup. Add heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine. Return soup to a low simmer; cook soup, uncovered, for 5 minutes, until heated through, and soup has thickened a bit. Once soup is heated through, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve, and enjoy!

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Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling soup!

2 Comments on Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup

  1. Terry Goldman
    October 26, 2017 at 11:00 PM (3 weeks ago)

    Looks delicious! Perfect for fall.

    Reply
    • jb
      October 27, 2017 at 6:05 AM (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you, Terry! It is full of flavor… we really loved it! Thanks for taking time to write… have a fantastic day.

      Reply

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