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Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup

25 reviews / 4.5 average

I asked, you answered.

And when the first six people in a row answer creamy soup, you gotta give 'em creamy wild rice soup.

Facebook Comments.

Kind of like when your students tell you that you're good at leaching mith, you gotta keep leaching 'em mith.

Student Note.

And kinda like when your taste buds still crave party balls, you gotta give 'em party balls. And this is the last time I'll talk about the party balls. #liar

This is the best wild rice soup I've ever had, EVER, compliments of my mama. It has bacon, chicken, wild rice, and creamy cream. It will wrap you up in a blanket of cozy. That's why you need to make it right.this.minute.

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Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup


This chicken bacon wild rice soup is my family's favorite recipe - so thick and creamy and full of chicken, bacon, and wild rice.


  • 3 (10 3/4 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cup cubed or shredded cooked chicken or turkey
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
  • 2-3 tablespoons dry sherry, if desired


  1. In a large saucepan, combine chicken broth and water. Add wild rice and onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30-45 minutes (or until rice is tender). Once the rice is cooked, there will be some additional broth - do not drain.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt margarine, stir in flour, salt, seasoning, and pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
  3. Gradually stir in half and half with the butter/flour mixture and cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Add this creamy mixture back into the saucepan with the rice/broth. Add remaining ingredients (chicken, bacon, pimiento, and sherry). Heat on low, stirring every once in a while, for at least a half an hour. Do not boil. The mixture will look thin, but the longer you heat the soup, the more the flavors marry and the more it will thicken. This soup is best served after gently heating for an extended period of time (even a few hours) or the next day! For extra flavor, add more poultry seasoning and/or bacon.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: wild rice soup, chicken wild rice soup, chicken bacon soup, wild rice

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yum, that looks so comforting. A big bowl of love! 🙂 And I wanna learn about mith! :-p So cute. What grade do you teach? I used to teach at a child development center — infants and toddlers mostly, I miss the little buggers sometimes. Just sometimes. :-p

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      I teach 4th grade. Although I should mention that the student who wrote the note is an English learner… not all of my 4th graders spell like that! 🙂

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        Totally agree! That was the best dinner, Byerly’s wild rice soup and a breadstick! Yum-my!

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          Yes, yes, yes! MN girl here also, and no need to go to Byerly’s when this recipe is (dare I say it?) BETTER than theirs! My family loved it – definitely a keeper! Thanks so much.

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’m pretty sure the student who made you this picture has a little brother that I work with. His little brother brings me pictures from your student, too! So cute!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I want a bowl of this right now – I love the texture of wild rice in soups and anything with bacon is bound to be a winner!

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      Me too! I love the texture of wild rice in general… so much more interesting than regular rice.

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      I saw that! Thanks – it’s my FAVE. I only have one photo, though, because I seriously had it eat it right that very second.

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh, this will be such a hit at my house. Can’t wait to try it! And I love your teacher stories, keep ’em coming…my mom was a teacher and nothing beats the honest mistakes kids make 🙂

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    This soup looks so perfect and full of lots of different textures, and I love the little drawing! Sometimes my kids bring me things that totally melt my heart and give me a good chuckle at the same time too. Gotta love those little munchkins!

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      Seriously. Being in the classroom always keeps a smile on my face! Or, almost always. 🙂

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      It is the epitome of comfort food. And since we always eat it at Christmas time, it gives me so many warm fuzzies. 🙂

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      Cream, bacon… it’s kind of a heart attack in a bowl. But you have to have it at least once, it’s so cozy! 🙂

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    Wow! This looks delicious and perfect for my men…two teens and a firefighter hubby. Thanks so much.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    Ohhhh! I loved the look of this and the recipe name conjured up sentiments of warm, winter comfort food. I was so excited about this and so wanted to love it. But, I must ask, did you test this before posting? Even with big flavors such as bacon, poultry seasoning and wild rice, this recipe had NO personality or flavor. It tasted to me like old fashion breakfast gravy. I’m so sorry to not give a good report because I thought the look and name were indicative of deliciousness. 🙁

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Oh, of course I tested it. 🙂 We have this every year at Christmas! Sorry that you didn’t like it. Hopefully you can find another recipe with enough seasoning to satisfy!

    2. Skillful Cook Logo

      I agree Steph it was a bit bland when followed as the original directions dictated. I added some minced garlic and red pepper flakes (and more salt and pepper). The flavors did improve the longer it simmered. Also, I used a roasted herb chicken for my “cubed or shredded” chicken to liven it up. Next time I make it, I intend to use a small amount of fresh mushrooms in the recipe. Served with toasty bread and a salad. Family really liked.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    So there are only 3 steps to the soup. When do you add step 2 and step 3 to the main pan from step one (ie the rice and broth). Sorry I need more detail. LOL


    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Step 2 is when you start making the roux (creamy base) with flour and butter. In step 3, you add the cream to what you already started in step 2. And then where it says “add remaining ingredients” in step 3 would be when you add the wild rice, chicken, etc. Hope that helps! 🙂

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    we have some days of football ahead of us this weekend, this would be perfect to serve!