Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This easy recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup is super comforting – perfect for a winter weeknight dinner! Can be made in a pressure cooker for a quick family meal.

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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I've always said that my best recipes come from the nights I clean out my fridge.

I'm the kind of person who likes to use up everything in my fridge/freezer every now and then. I absolutely hate wasting food, so if I can use it up before it goes bad, I'm all about it. A few months ago, I had some rotisserie chicken, a little bit of half and half, cream cheese, and some frozen celery/onion to use up. From that, I did my famous “chopped challenge” (the method used to make my Instant Pot Cheesy Chicken & Rice a few years ago) to make the recipe you're reading about today – Instant Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup!

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This soup is so easy to pressure cook in an Instant Pot in about 30 minutes. It basically just involves browning a few veggies, tossing in some already-cooked rotisserie chicken meat (or chicken breasts/thighs), cooking rice with the pressure cooker setting, and adding in your cream cheese and half & half at the end. It's a super comforting Instant Pot soup recipe that everybody in my family absolutely loved.

You'll want this recipe around for a cold winter night – it's incredibly rich and filling! Add in a little bit of toasted French bread with your bowls of soup and you've got a perfect comfort meal with the perfect taste.

Let's take a look at the recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup…

instant pot creamy chicken & wild rice soup

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

This easy recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup is super commuting – perfect for a winter weeknight dinner! Can be made in a pressure cooker for a quick family meal.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 445 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup celery chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup carrots chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 7 oz boxed long grain & wild rice mix
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (can sub shredded cooked chicken breast or chicken thighs)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (broth can be used too)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 oz cream cheese

Instructions
 

  • Turn your Instant Pot on saute setting and allow to warm. Add oil.
  • Add onion, celery, and carrots to the hot oil. Allow to brown for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and seasonings. Cook for about a minute, until fragrant.
  • Add chicken and rice mix; brown for about a minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add chicken broth or stock. Press manual button, select high pressure, and set the timer for 5 minutes; lock on the lid. Allow cook cycle to finish and turn the top valve to vent to quick release remaining pressure once cook cycle is over.
  • Stir soup well. Add half and half and cream cheese until incorporated.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 445kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 38gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1257mgPotassium: 668mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 3821IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 218mgIron: 2mg
Keyword creamy chicken soup, instant pot, wild rice soup
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As always, this recipe could be easily adapted. Change to Mexican rice and corn/tomatoes for your vegetables for more of a Spanish/Mexican meal. Leave out the rice from that combination for an Instant Pot chicken tortilla soup. You could sub a few peppers in and add some Italian or Greek seasoning to make it more of a Mediterranean-inspired soup. Even egg noodles would give this Instant Pot Chicken soup a fun twist. There are a ton of possibilities for adapting this recipe to your flavor profile! This could also be made without the half and half or cream cheese if you're trying to cut dairy – simply add in a little more chicken broth or stock to still give it a soup consistency.

See a video about making this recipe here…

Hope you enjoy this comfort food on a cold night! If you're in need of other easy Instant Pot dinner ideas, check out these recipes:

To see all of my Instant Pot recipes, click here.

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