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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
with bell peppers / baguette

Active: 25 min Total: 7 hr 25 min
Creamy, savory and with chewy bites of wild rice, there is a satisfying balance of texture and flavor in this slow-cooker version of chicken and wild rice soup.
Smarts: Wild rice lends itself perfectly to the slow-cooker. The firm grains take a long time to cook, but will be chewy and tender after a few hours.


Slow-Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2 , chopped
  • Carrots - 1/2 lb , chopped
  • Celery - 1 rib , chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1/2 , chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken, boneless, skinless thighs - 1 lb (sub boneless, skinless breasts)
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, chicken - 3 1/2 cups
  • Wild rice, uncooked - 1/2 cup
  • Evaporated milk, unsweetened (12oz / 255mL) - 1 can (sub regular milk, but the soup will be less creamy)
  • Flour (opt) - 1/4 cup
  • Baguette, small, for serving (opt) - 1 (sub any crusty bread)


  1. Onions / Carrots / Celery / Bell peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. Combine onions, carrots and celery in one container. Store bell peppers and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Saute mirepoix - Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery (mirepoix) with a pinch of salt. Saute until vegetables soften, 4 to 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Slow-cook soup - Combine onions, carrots, celery, bell peppers, garlic, chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, stock and wild rice in the bowl of a slow-cooker. Stir to make sure that rice is submerged in liquid. Cook on low 7 to 8 hours (3 to 4 hours on high).

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  1. About 20 minutes before serving, transfer chicken to a cutting board and roughly chop. Return chicken to the slow-cooker.
  2. Pour evaporated milk into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave until it begins to bubble, 1-2 minutes. (Optional step: For a thicker soup, whisk flour into milk. A few small dry spots of flour may remain, but will dissolve into soup as it finishes cooking.) Add to soup. Turn slow-cooker on high and continue to cook soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Season soup with additional salt, if needed. Ladle into bowls and serve with bread on the side. Enjoy!



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