• Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8 Hours
  • Serves: 20 Servings

Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup

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Category: Chicken, Soups, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 ½ pounds bacon, cooked and crumbled, grease reserved
  • 1 cup rinsed wild rice
  • ½ cup green onions (or add sauteed garlic/onion)
  • 3 10.75 oz cans cream of chicken soup (my mom uses chicken broth with less water)
  • 5 cans water
  • 5 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ teaspoons salt + ½ teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 cups milk
  • additional water, milk, or broth for thinning

 Directions

1. Prep the chicken and bacon.

2. Whisk the cream of chicken soup and water together in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the green onions and wild rice and cook, covered, for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to soak in pan, covered, for up to 1 hour (this is optional ”“ just makes the consistency of the rice a little softer). There should still be a little bit of liquid in the pan at this point.

3. In a large saucepan or skillet, melt the bacon grease and 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add the flour and salt and pepper and stir until a thick paste forms. Cook for 1 minute. Add the half and half and milk. Whisk until smooth and thick ”“ about 5 minutes.

4. Add the creamy mixture to the rice pan. Add the chicken and bacon and continue to cook over very low heat for at least 8 hours. You can also transfer the soup to a slow cooker and just keep it on low. Adjust the consistency to your preferences by adding more milk or water and whisking until smooth.

Notes:
This soup will be very thick. To achieve the kind of consistency that you want, it's important to thin it out gradually with water, milk, or broth - especially the leftovers as they thicken even more. To achieve the best flavor, you really need to let it cook for at least 8 hours. I know it's a long time, but trust me - I sampled it at one hour and 8 hours and it tasted much better after the wait. We usually keep the seasonings pretty simple but adjust as you like!

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