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Chicken Soup with Wild Rice and Greens

Recipe for healthy, flavorful, and filling homemade Chicken Soup with Wild Rice and Greens.
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, rice, soup
Servings: 12 cups


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, raw, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 each large yellow onion small dice (10 oz wt)
  • 2 each carrots small dice or sliced (6 oz wt)
  • 3 stalks celery diced (4 oz wt)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (about .25 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger optional
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 10 cups chicken stock preferably homemade, low fat, low salt
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard or other greens cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 cups cooked* wild rice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Cut the chicken into 1" pieces and cut all vegetables in advance of starting the cooking process.
  • Heat a large soup pot and add the oil. Add the diced onion and cook for about 5 minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add the carrots and celery and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add the diced chicken and cook until seared on the outside. Add the minced garlic, minced ginger and dried thyme.
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
  • In a medium-sized pot, cook the 1 cup dry wild rice in 3 cups of water for about 40 minutes. The rice should just be starting to open but should not be overcooked. It is going to continue to cook in the soup and you don't want to be mushy. Set aside when done.
  • About 15 minutes before serving the soup, add the cooked wild rice and the cut greens. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and serve.