Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Visual learner? Watch me make this creamy turkey wild rice soup from start to finish!
Whew, Thanksgiving is officially checked off the list, and now there’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa to go! But first, soup!
Today (the day after Thanksgiving) is usually the only time I remember to make this creamy turkey and wild rice soup, probably because there is always turkey leftover. Plus, there is just something cozy & fun about eating soup while cyber shopping like crazy in my PJs!
If you’re a fan of Whole Foods turkey wild rice soup or Panera Bread Chicken wild rice soup, then prepared to no longer enjoy it as much. Seriously, there is NOTHING as good as homemade creamy turkey wild rice soup! It’s so hard not to get spoiled after that first bit. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
The Best Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
In my house, we tend to like the creamy versions of soups better. Like this creamy chicken noodle soup and this creamy sausage and veggie potato soup ! I’m going to have to remember to put this soup in regular rotation. It’s effortless to make, and man, is it chunky and filling! This soup has lots of flavorful spices, savory chicken broth, half n half, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, tender turkey, and perfectly cooked rice! One bowl is never enough!
I like to use two rice types in this soup; long-grain Basmati rice and a wild rice blend. My kids love it this way instead of using all wild rice, and I think I like it better too!
Can I use chicken instead of turkey in this soup?
Yep, you sure can! In the video, I’m using a mix of leftover turkey and chicken! This soup is perfect to use up a leftover rotisserie chicken.
Can this creamy turkey wild rice soup be made dairy-free?
Absolutely! Replace the butter with Earth Balance butter & the half n half with Ripple unsweetened Original plant-based milk.
What to serve with Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup?
For dinner, I like to serve this soup with toasted french bread and a chopped salad. Saltines are a delicious and quick side dish for this soup.
How do I reheat this soup?
Naturally, the rice will soak up some of the liquid as it sits in the fridge. You may need to add water, half n half, or more chicken broth to thin it out a bit. You can reheat in the microwave or on the stove-top.
Happy soup making!!!!
Get the Recipe: Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
- 1/2 cup long-grain Basmati rice, dry
- 1/2 cup wild rice blend, dry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 cup onions, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 tablespoon parsely
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cup half n half
- 3 cups turkey or chicken, shredded
- Prepare each rice according to package, drain and set aside.
- In a large pot, heat olive oil.
- Add in celery, carrots and onions and cook until carrots are tender.
- Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant.
- Pour in chicken broth and spices.
- Bring to a simmer.
- While soup is simmering, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in flour and cook until flour is golden, about 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly pour in half and half while continuing to stir.
- Stir until mixture has thickened into a creamy texture.
- Pour this thickened cream into the simmering soup a little at a time, until fully incorporated.
- Stir in the cooked rice and chicken.
- Taste and add more seasonings if needed.
- Serve hot.
Made this for dinner last night was a hit!! This soup is perfect for the chilly weather felt like a warm hug from the inside out…. Thank you!
How could this be altered to be cooked in a crock pot?
Love your site! I made this soup for our extended family over Christmas and it was a hit. I was nervous about the red pepper flakes with the kids, so I put a couple of dashes of cayenne instead. I will definitely be making this again! Also, your fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls are my go-to recipe. I’ve tried a dozen or more recipes but yours are still our favorite. Best wishes!