This creamy Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Wild Rice Soup is simple, easy and delicious – it will remind you of your favorite cheesy chicken broccoli casserole, but in creamy and soothing soup form! Tender chicken, wild rice, fresh vegetables and aromatic herbs, and both cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese make this homemade soup wonderfully rich and flavorful – and easy to make in your slow cooker!
I love it when I can throw ingredients in a slow cooker and have a great supper later that day! The fragrant herbs are perfect in this long-time favorite, and I love to use Minnesota wild rice whenever I can.
I do recommend giving this soup a stir every hour or so, as the wild rice blend will sink to the bottom of the crock.
The combination of both cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese really give this soup a hearty and cheesy flavor that loaded with flavor.
My family prefers this soup on the "chunky" side, but you and additional half & half or chicken broth if you like your soup with more broth. Feel free to substitute whole milk for the half & half if you are looking for something on the lighter side.
Garnish with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese or even slivered almonds for great taste.
½ large onion (chopped)
1 cup celery (chopped)
4 cups broccoli florets (chopped)
4 large carrots (peeled & sliced)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 cup uncooked wild rice blend (rinsed & drained)
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon (I recommend Better Than Bouillon Chicken)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 cups half & half
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups rotisserie chicken* (shredded)
2 cups (8 oz.) freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
Bacon (cooked & crumbled)
Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
HOW I MAKE THIS:
YIELD: 8 servings
*Fresh Chicken: You can substitute 1-1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in place of the rotisserie chicken. Add in Step 1. Cook until chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred, adding back to the soup at Step 4.
Originally posted January 2014; revised & reposted November 2019.
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