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Copycat Recipe: Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Panera

cream of chicken and wild rice soup

I was on the hunt of a copycat of Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup from Panera and I found this recipe, which is an excellent comfort soup. I shared a batch with my parents on Sunday and my dad was still talking about it on Monday. That’s saying something, because my mom is a good cook! Just like Panera’s only homemade.

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, small cubes
1 package quick cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet (I used Kroger brand, which was 6 oz)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups heavy cream (one review did 1 cup milk & 1 cup cream)


1. Open rice, pull out seasoning packet and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour. Set aside.
3. In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice. Cover and remove from heat.
4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux.
5. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
6. Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Tela October 2, 2009, 6:40 pm

    Oh em gee. I made this tonight. It was sooooooooooooo good. And I made a roux! I’m so impressed with myself.
    .-= Tela´s last blog ..Friday Finds–October 2, 2009 =-.

  • Tela October 2, 2009, 6:41 pm

    Oh, and THANKS!! I think I might feature this on WMAG. Would you mind?
    .-= Tela´s last blog ..Friday Finds–October 2, 2009 =-.

  • Jacki January 23, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I used this receipe, with a few changes, and it was the best soup I ever made! I added carrotts, celery and an onion to the water and chicken broth and simmered it for an hour before I added the other ingredients. I also added a dash of sherry and rosemary. This soup is now a family favorite, and when I make it, my neighbors ask to come for dinner!

  • melissa September 22, 2011, 5:05 pm

    what is a roux?

    • Andi September 22, 2011, 9:44 pm

      It is a mixture of flour and butter cooked together and then combined with cream

  • sari January 29, 2012, 10:42 pm

    recipe #2

  • Mary Ellen September 15, 2012, 6:20 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I, too, love ordering this soup at Panera.

    • Andi September 20, 2012, 9:40 pm