Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup-a healthy and hearty soup that is made in the slow cooker!ย 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe on This hearty and healthy soup is so easy to make!

A few weeks ago we asked in one of our This and That posts if you wanted more slow cooker recipes. Well, the answer was a big fat YES! So we busted out our slow cooker and created a few recipes for you. Last week we shared a recipe for Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup and today we are sharing a recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup! We are going slow cooker crazy:)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe on This hearty and healthy soup is made in the crockpot!

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a slow cooker fan. I don’t know why. I love the idea of throwing everything in the slow cooker and walking away. I guess I was just too lazy to get it out. Now that’s it out, we can’t stop. We are loving our slow cooker!

Josh actually created this recipe. He doesn’t think I give him enough credit on the blog, so just so you all know, this is Josh’s recipe:) He loves Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and decided to try it in the slow cooker since we both had crazy busy days. Neither of us wanted to fuss with dinner.

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He threw all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do the work! We worked all day while the slow cooker made our dinner!

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The soup has onion, garlic, carrots, celery, chicken, wild rice, broth, thyme, and parsley. We used carrots from our own garden too! Aren’t they cute? This soup is perfect for a cold day and is a great soup for when you are feeling under the weather.

We shared our Chicken and Wild Rice Soup with our friends who just had a baby. They needed a good home cooked meal. Just don’t tell them that we didn’t do the cooking, our slow cooker did:) The slow cooker worked as our personal chef for the day!

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is healthy, comforting, and delicious! And the best part? It’s SO easy to make! Pull out your slow cooker and make this soup for dinner tonight!

And do you see those biscuits in the background? We will be sharing a killer biscuit recipe on Wednesday so make sure you come back! They are SO good with this soup!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup on Perfect soup for a chilly day or if you are feeling under the weather!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Hearty chicken and wild rice soup that is made in the slow cooker! This simple soup is always a hit!
3.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice rinsed and drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 pounds
  • 10 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a 6 quart slow cooker, combine onion, carrots, celery, garlic, wild rice, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. Top with chicken breast halves. Add the chicken broth.
  2. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low heat setting for 6 to 6 1/2 hours or on high-heat setting about 3 1/2 hours. Carefully remove chicken and shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir. Remove the bay leaves. Add the parsley and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I’m impressed with Josh that he made a slow-cooker meal. My husband while pretty savvy in the kitchen, doesn’t do much with the slow-cooker unless it’s me asking him to shred the chicken that’s in it, lol!

  2. I made this soup for my family and they loved it!! I do not own a slow cooker and made in the oven… came out perfect! This will for sure be my go to chicken soup recipe:)
    Thank you for such great recipes I love your website!

  3. Was getting ready to figure out a quick dinner for the family with the chicken breasts I had taken out of freezer, and tonight a busy school night. I hopped on Pinterest & saw this post first in the feed, I knew it was meant to be. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is now in my crockpot! Thanks for planning my dinner for me!

  4. I put this soup in the crockpot before we went to bed the other night and it was done when we got up. Had it for supper that night!!! Awesome……… will make again….and again!!

  5. Any chance you could let me know what size slow cooker you used for this recipe? It looks really good, and I’m excited to make it, but I have a small crock pot, so I have to size recipes down for it. If you can’t let me know, I’ll just halve the recipe and see if it all fits!

  6. Had this in the Crockpot before lunch and enjoyed it for supper tonight. It was delicious!!! This was way easier than roasting the chicken and cooking the rice first! Thanks!

  7. I had this all ready in my slow cooker before lunch. After a busy day we had a very delicious supper!! So much easier than cooking the chicken and the rice first, then assembling the soup. Thanks!!

  8. I am making this now. So far so good except adding 1 whole cup of wild rice may be too much. Mine is not looking as soupy as yours due to rice to broth ratio.

  9. So so good. Who needs canned soup when you can make healthier, heartier and tastier recipes like this one! Thank you for another great recipe!!

  10. Im super excited I found this recipe! Looks really easy and with the freezing temps setting in I’m ready for some new soup recipes! Thank you!

  11. I am thinking of making this with leftover turkey. Would it come out the same without adding the poultry until the step when you shred it since the turkey is already cooked? Thanks

  12. I made this today. I put it on low and left it when I went to work. The smell when I got home was delicious by itself! I may freeze some and reheat when it gets really cold (if I don’t eat it all first!). ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I made this recipe tonight and it was delicious, so aromatic, and a great way to incorporate wild rice. One note – next time I plan on only using only about 1/2 cup of wild rice, because there’s hardly any broth and this soup is super thick. For some reason your soup looks much brothy-er than mine. Small criticism, though – loved this recipe otherwise!

  14. Hi,
    I only have a 3.5 slow cooker and there are only two of us. If I half the recipe, does that science work for cooking time too? Or does it cook for the same amount of time? I’m new to slow cookers..


    1. Every slow cooker is different, but it should take the same amount of time to cook. With that said, you don’t want to cut the recipe too much because if you barely have anything in your slow cooker it will burn on the bottom.

  15. This looks fantastic! What kind of wild rice did you use? There are several blends available or just the straight wild rice. Also, does it matter what kind of parsley you use? Curly vs. Italian? Thank you. I love your website. =)

  16. Made this tonight, was really good. Had to put it on my stove after 2 1/2 hours because my crockpot wasn’t getting hot enough, but it worked out fine. My picky boys even had seconds!

  17. Thank you for this excellent recipe! We’ve had a long stretch of snowy/windy days in Colorado, and this soup absolutely hit the spot–several times! I made a few changes based on what I had on hand–used 2 boneless chicken breasts and 6 boneless chicken thighs, organic nonfat chicken broth, 1/2 brown rice and 1/2 dark Hinode black rice and extra celery. Yum yum. Great flavor and filling. Cooked on high for 3 1/2 hrs. I am wondering if you have the nutritional breakdown? This is a keeper!

  18. I’m sorry but with high hopes I was sorely disappointed. The broth was terribly bland. Would have tasted better with chicken thighs as someone mentioned.

  19. Hello! This recipe sounds so tasty but I’m new to cooking with a crockpot and soups, in general. I was wondering if you cook the chicken prior to putting in the crockpot. My roommate the other day made a creamy tomato based chicken soup that she did not have to cook it before.. I just want to make sure I cook it correctly!! Appreciate the help! Thanks!(:

  20. Just made this earlier this week and it was perfect! I work and go to school full time so I like making stuff in my slow cooker to freeze/eat dinner at work before class, and this was perfect. I’ll never buy the canned Progresso version again!

  21. I made your soup! Wow!! It was awesome! I’ve shied away from crock pot chicken soup because I love to sautee the veggies first in olive oil. I love the flavor of doing that, but I was in a massive hurry this morning and found your recipe I pinned. I threw it together in 15 minutes and left the house while it cooked (I didn’t have chicken breasts thawed so I used thighs) It is WONDERFUL!!(wish I had homemade broth on hand at the time but I didn’t). I think I even prefer this recipe over my sautรฉed one:) The broth in your soup picture looks watery but following your recipe mine is much darker. I’m sure it depends on the kind of broth used. Mine was not low sodium so I probably don’t need to add the salt next time. Anyway, LOVE the recipe and thank you!!

  22. I substituted orzo for the rice. I threw it in an hour before end of cooking time. I also try and buy organic celery. Non-organic celery has a chemical/pesticide taste. It is worth buying organic even though price is higher. Do a taste test on the celery… notable difference. Thanks for great recipe! Yum!

  23. This looks soo good! Do you think you could use long grain rice if you don’t have the wild rice? Or would I need to cook it first then add it after everything is done?

  24. Thank you for this recipe Josh. I love using a crockpot to cook in bulk and that night put in the freezer for quick last minute meals. I would never have though that rice could hold up to crockpot cooking. I assumed it would turn out mushy. Making this tonite!!

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