Chicken wild rice soup, w/ thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling dish!On a cool Fall day, nothing warms you up better than a hearty bowl of Chicken wild rice and bacon soup!  Chicken, wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling meal!

On a cool Fall day, nothing warms you up better than a hearty bowl of Chicken wild rice and bacon soup!  Chicken, wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling meal!

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 Chicken wild rice soup (with bacon)!

Is This An Easy Soup To Prepare?

The chicken wild rice soup has a rather long cook time (60 minutes) in order to soften the wild rice, but other than that, 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:

How To Make Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon 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 the 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.

Cooking bacon for chicken wild rice soup.

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

Carrots and onions are cooked for chicken wild rice soup.

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).

Spices and white wine are cooked with vegetables for wild rice chicken soup.

Add Wild Rice And Cook Until Tender

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.

Wild rice and chicken broth is added to the soup pot.

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.

TIP: You can also use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked or boiled chicken to save time, as well!

Chicken and bacon are added to the pot full of chicken wild rice soup.

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

Heavy whipping cream is added to the chicken wild rice soup.

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

The chicken wild rice soup is heated through, then it's ready to eat.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup Is Ready To Serve!

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!

A bowl full of chicken wild rice soup.

A white bowl, full of chicken wild rice soup, with bacon.

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!

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

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 
Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this delicious, creamy and filling soup!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken wild rice soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 471 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
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
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 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
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 1291mg56%
Potassium 669mg19%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2655IU53%
Vitamin C 20.2mg24%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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