Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

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Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup! Easy creamy chicken wild rice soup packed with layers of flavors and a variety of satisfying textures. Tender juicy chicken, meaty umami mushrooms, hearty nutty rice blend in a creamy soup. A healthy yet delicious family-favorite soup!

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Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a popular classic creamy chicken and rice soup. A flavorful, hearty, comforting, and filling chicken soup.

Wild Rice Soup is usually made of wild rice, chicken, carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, herbs, and chicken stock. 

We crafted this Easy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe with simple, healthy, and fresh ingredients. Yet it’s packed with layers of balanced flavors, a variety of textures, and nourishing nutrients. So you can enjoy each spoonful of creamy soup with a different satisfying mouthfeel.

Related Recipe: Instant Pot Wild Rice

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Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

instant pot chicken wild rice soup

Here are the ingredients for making Wild Rice Soup in Instant Pot:

instant pot wild rice soup ingredients

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Chicken

We recommend using bone-in chicken thighs because dark meat does better in soup or stew. The chicken bones will also add a lot of flavor to the soup.

If you prefer white meat, bone-in chicken breast will work with this wild rice soup recipe. 

Wild Rice Blend and Soup Consistency

Different brands of Wild Rice Blend have different types of rice and rice ratios.

Since the blend of rice will affect the soup’s consistency, keep in mind that some brands will need more liquid while some will need less. 

Amy + Jacky’s Tips! Remember to adjust the amount of liquid according to the brand, rice blends, and your personal preferences.

  • Wild rice soup a bit too thick? Add more cooking liquid next time.
  • Wild rice soup a bit too thin? Use less liquid next time.

Floating Leaf wild rice blend

For reference, we used Floating Leaf Wild Rice Blend to test and develop this Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe. We’re not sponsored by them.

Our Wild Rice Blend: Riceberry Rice, Chusei Calrose Rice, Kow Mun Red Rice, Long Grain Brown Rice, and Wild Rice. We like that this wild rice blend has a hearty and nutty variety of rice with different textures.

Unsalted Chicken Stock & Unsalted Butter

We prefer to develop recipes with unsalted ingredients because we can better control the flavors of the dish.

If you’re substituting with salted chicken stock or salted butter, keep in mind that the sodium level can vary a lot between different brands. Always taste and adjust accordingly.

Heavy Cream

You can substitute the heavy cream with 2% or 3.25% milk for this Wild rice soup.

prepare ingredients

Amy + Jacky’s Tips! To save time, you can roughly slice the onion because they’ll mostly disintegrate and blend nicely into the soup at the end.

Tools for Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Step 1

Brown Chicken Thighs in Instant Pot

First, press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up your Instant Pot.

It’ll switch to “ON” on the screen.

Instant Pot Saute More

Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (takes roughly 8 minutes).

Amy + Jacky’s Tip! Make sure your Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a Maillard reaction.

Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel, then season one side of the chicken gently with salt and black pepper.

season chicken

Now, add 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil in the Instant Pot’s inner pot. Make sure you cover the whole bottom with oil.

brown chicken in Instant Pot

Add the chicken (seasoned side down) in Instant Pot, then let it brown for 3.5 minutes. 

brown chicken thighs instant pot

Lightly season the other side of the chicken with salt and black pepper. Then, flip and brown this side of chicken for another 2.5 minutes.

Finally, set aside the chicken thighs.

Step 2

Saute Sliced Mushrooms

Add sliced mushroom in Instant Pot. Make sure all the mushrooms are coated with oil.

Give the mushrooms a stir every minute, and let them cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

saute mushrooms

Step 3

Saute Onion & Vegetables

Add sliced onion in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter or olive oil if necessary.

saute veggies

Now, add chopped carrot, celery, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, ½ tsp (0.4g) dried oregano, and 3 bay leaves, then saute for another minute.

Add in minced garlic, then saute for another 30 seconds.

Step 4

Deglaze Instant Pot

Add 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

deglaze

Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.

Step 5

Pressure Cook Wild Rice Soup

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, ½ tsp (4g) fine salt, and 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

Add in the set aside browned chicken and all its’ meat juice.

add in chicken stock and chicken

Add in 1 cup (210g) wild rice blend, then make sure all the rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid. 

pressure cook wild rice soup

With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 13 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes.

instant pot high pressure 13 minutes

After 15 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.

When the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.

Step 6

Shred Chicken Meat

shredded chicken

Note: Depending on your wild rice blend, your soup may look slightly reddish.

Place the chicken in a large bowl. Remove the chicken skin and chicken bones, then shred the chicken meat with two forks.

Step 7

Add Cream & Thicken Wild Rice Soup

Bring the wild rice soup to a simmer with the “Saute” function.

make flour cream thickener

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp (16g) all-purpose flour with 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream. Stir thoroughly.

Then, mix it into the wild rice soup one-third at a time until desired thickness.

thicken chicken wild rice soup

Add back the shredded chicken in wild rice soup.

wild rice soup in Instant Pot

As always, taste the chicken wild rice soup, then season with salt if necessary. 

For Reference: We added another ½ tsp (4g) of fine salt to properly season our wild rice soup.

Step 8

Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Finally, place your wild rice soup in a serving bowl, then serve!

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What Goes with Chicken Wild Rice Soup

You can serve Chicken Wild Rice Soup with a wide variety of delicious side dishes. This hearty and creamy soup goes well with sides that are light and refreshing.

Enjoy Creamy Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup~

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Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

Author: Amy + Jacky
How to make Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup: easy creamy chicken wild rice soup packed with layers of flavors and multiple satisfying textures. Tender juicy chicken, meaty umami mushrooms, hearty nutty rice blend in creamy soup. A healthy yet delicious family-favorite soup!
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Servings 6 - 8
Total Time 1 hr
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Instructions 

  • Brown Chicken Thighs: Press "Saute" button to "Sauté More" function to heat up your Instant Pot. Wait until it says "HOT" on the screen (roughly 8 minutes).
    Pat dry the chicken with a paper towel. Season one side of chicken gently with salt and black pepper. Add 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter or olive oil in Instant Pot's inner pot. Make sure you cover the whole bottom with oil.
    Add the chicken (seasoned side down) in Instant Pot, then let it brown for 3.5 minutes. Lightly season the other side of the chicken with salt and black pepper. Flip and brown this side of chicken for another 2.5 minutes. Set aside the chicken.
  • Saute Sliced Mushrooms: Add sliced mushrooms in Instant Pot, and make sure they are all coated with oil. Stir every minute, and let them cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Saute Onion & Vegetables: Add in sliced onion, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter or olive oil (if necessary). Add in chopped carrot, celery, 1 tsp (1g) dried thyme, ½ tsp (0.4g) dried oregano, and 3 bay leaves, then saute for another minute. Add in minced garlic, then saute for another 30 seconds.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Add in 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock. Deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Wild Rice Soup: Add in 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, ½ tsp (4g) fine salt, and 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock. Add in set aside chicken and all its’ meat juice. Add in 1 cup (210g) wild rice blend, then make sure all the rice is fully submerged in the cooking liquid.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position. Close the lid. Then, turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 13 minutes, then Natural Release for 15 minutes. Release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. When the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
  • Shred Chicken Meat: Place chicken in a large bowl. Remove the chicken skin and bones, then shred the chicken meat with two forks.
    Note: Depending on your wild rice blend, your soup may look slightly reddish.
  • Add Cream & Thicken Soup: Bring the soup to a simmer with the "Saute" function.
    In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tbsp (16g) all-purpose flour with 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream, and stir thoroughly. Then, mix it into the soup one-third at a time until desired thickness.
    Add shredded chicken back in the soup. Taste the soup, then season with salt if necessary.
    For Reference: We added another ½ tsp (4g) of fine salt to properly season our wild rice soup.
  • Garnish & Serve: Place your deliciously creamy wild rice soup in a serving bowl. Enjoy~

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Notes

1. Wild Rice Blend: Different brands have different types of rice and ratios in their blend. So, some brands need more liquid while others need less. Adjust according to your rice blend and preferences.
  • Soup is a bit too thick? Add more cooking liquid.
  • Soup is a bit too thin? Use less liquid.
For Reference: Our Wild Rice Blend has Riceberry Rice, Chusei Calrose Rice, Kow Mun Red Rice, Long Grain Brown Rice, and Wild Rice. 
2. Unsalted Chicken Stock & Unsalted Butter: Unsalted ingredients give you the flexibility to better control the flavors of the dish. If you're substituting with salted chicken stock or salted butter, taste and adjust accordingly.
3. Heavy Cream Substitutions: You can substitute with 2% or 3.25% milk.
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Calories: 493kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and wild rice soup instant pot, chicken wild rice soup instant pot, instant pot chicken wild rice soup, Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup, wild rice soup instant pot

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 739mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5236IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
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