Hearty Chicken Wild Rice Soup Instant Pot

Warm up with this hearty and delicious Chicken Wild Rice Soup, made effortlessly in your Instant Pot. This soup combines tender chicken, nutritious wild rice, and a medley of vegetables in a rich, creamy broth. It's the perfect comfort food for chilly evenings, offering both simplicity and deep, satisfying flavors.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
45 minutes
Total Time
55 minutes
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- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 celery stalks, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 2 large carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 cup wild rice
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- 2 cups cream or whole milk


Step 1 - Sauté the Vegetables

Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Add the butter and olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Sauté until the vegetables are slightly softened​​​​.

Step 2 - Add Chicken and Rice

Add the chicken thighs, wild rice, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to combine the ingredients evenly​​.

Step 3 - Pour in the Broth

Add the chicken broth to the pot. If using, add the sliced mushrooms. Stir everything together, ensuring that the rice is fully submerged in the liquid​​.

Step 4 - Cook the Soup

Seal the Instant Pot and set it to cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes. Once the cooking time is complete, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure​​.

Step 5 - Shred Chicken and Add Cream

Open the Instant Pot and remove the chicken thighs. Shred the chicken and return it to the pot. Stir in the cream or milk and adjust the seasoning if necessary​​​​.

Step 6 - Serve

Serve the soup hot, garnished with fresh herbs or extra black pepper, if desired.

Where Can I Buy Wild Rice?

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What is Wild Rice?

Wild rice is a special type of grain harvested from aquatic grass species native to the Great Lakes region of North America. Unlike regular rice, wild rice isn't actually rice but a seed. It's celebrated for its high nutritional value, including protein, fiber, and antioxidants, and is a gluten-free alternative to other grains.

What Does Wild Rice Taste Like?

Wild rice boasts a distinctive nutty and earthy flavor, which is more pronounced than regular white or brown rice. Its texture is chewy and hearty, making it a delightful addition to various dishes. The robust flavor profile of wild rice complements a wide range of ingredients, especially in soups and casseroles.

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