October 13, 2020

Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

My first job in high school was at the Boundary Waters restaurant in Dayton’s at Southdale. This was a great job and I really enjoyed being a waitress. During the holidays the store was decorated really lovely and it had a very festive vibe. One of the best-sellers was the Chicken Wild Rice Soup they would serve with popovers.  I have adapted their recipe to make this soup in my Instant Pot. I use chicken thighs instead of breasts as I think they have more flavor but breasts would work fine too. Just cut them in half before sautéing.

Instant Pot Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup


  • 1 lb or 4 Chicken Thighs, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 6 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 quart (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp corn starch (optional, for a thicker soup)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


    1. Melt the butter in the Instant Pot's metal inner pot using the SAUTE function.
    2. Add chicken. cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until browned. Select CANCEL. Using tongs, transfer chicken to a medium bowl.
    3. Add the remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot.
    4. Place chicken in an even layer over the remaining ingredients.
    5. Secure the Instant Pot lid; set the pressure valve to SEALING. Select MANUAL. Cook on high pressure 45 minutes. Then quick release the pressure.
    6. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, carefully transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let it stand about 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle, then chop.
    7. Stir chopped chicken and cream into the pot to thicken mixture. If you want a really thick soup, stir 2 tablespoons cornstarch into the cream before adding it to the pot.

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