Got leftover cooked chicken or turkey? Cook up a pot of soup! This recipe is a healthier twist on a classic creamy turkey and wild rice soup that hails from Minnesota. Serve with a crisp romaine salad and whole-grain bread. Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, carrots and shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.

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  • Add broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in turkey (or chicken), sour cream and parsley and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

Tips

Ingredient note: Quick-cooking or instant wild rice has been parboiled to reduce the cooking time. Conventional wild rice takes 40 to 50 minutes to cook. Be sure to check the cooking directions when selecting your rice--some brands labeled “quick” take about 30 minutes to cook. If you can't find the quick-cooking variety, just add cooked conventional wild rice along with the turkey at the end of Step 2.

Tip: To poach chicken breasts, place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

378 calories; 10.6 g total fat; 80 mg cholesterol; 364 mg sodium. 28.5 g carbohydrates; 36.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (66)

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66 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 50
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2019
Nice soup for a winters day! I did use Lundeberg's Wild rice Blend instead of wild rice-cost factor-wild rice is not inexpensive-but the Lundeberg's wild rice blend was available at Costco-so I am relieved that I like this soup since I eat turkey year round and I now have a big bag of rice- I would have tried the winter 2020 recipe but had an abundance of carrots and few green beans so I did this one instead- didn't add parsley till it was served and did add a squeeze of lemon again as it was being served-thanks for the great recipes! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
I did use 1/2 can of TJ's low fat coconut milk instead of sour cream, Uncle Ben's microwave wild rice pouch, small can of sliced mushrooms and rotisserie chicken. Other than that I stuck to the recipe pretty much. Think I will shred some baby spinach when I reheat leftovers. Good basic recipe that can be altered by the spices and additions. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2019
Hubby and I made this soup today and it was delicious! I had used the turkey bones to make stock so I used that instead of chicken broth. I was shopping in a hurry between snow storms and none of the three stores I where I shopped had wild rice; so I used black rice instead. Since we were having bread pudding for dessert we just ate the soup with 2 or 3 saltines. Very satisfying on a cold windy winter's day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2018
We loved this soup. Left out shallots and celery (just didn t have them) and used 1/4 cup heavy cream instead of sour cream. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2018
I made this with chicken and it was delicious. I also made it with just mushrooms and wild rice soup! Why do i need reduced fat sour cream. Would regular make it curdle? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2018
Such a great soup! Used homemade stock and Uncle Ben's wild rice with seasoning added the sage. This was Quick and warming. For the creaminess I used left over whipped potatoes made with garlic earth balance and soy beverage! Yes I will make this again!raf tip 1 if using the mix skip the salt! tip 2 I use the potatoes as I can not do dairy! Works a treat!!!!!raf Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2017
My daughter and I loved the recipe making it again this week. Used Pre-cooked / canned Wild Rice to speed up the process. Not knowing the conversion I just used the one whole can. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2017
If I am adding cooked wild rice how much should I add? I couldn't find instant wild rice so bought regular. Having difficulty finding equivalent or conversions for instant wild rice. I have not made it yet so my rating is only on the directions! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/28/2017
I thought this was delicious and I was happy to find a good recipe for soup that was healthy. I gave 4 stars because I think it could use some more seasoning as it is a tad on the bland side. Other than that this is definitely a keeper! Thank you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2017
This is an easy tasty and nutritious soup well worth keeping as your standard. I made the following revisions to suit my taste: 1) turkey bone broth replaced chicken broth; 2) 1/2 cup yellow onions and 1 large clove minced garlic; 3) 1/2 tsp each sage and rosemary; 4) I too used an Uncle Ben rice (Brown and Wild Rice). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2017
This was delicious! Using real turkey stock makes the dish special. I omitted the sour cream which I imagine would have really added to the texture and creaminess. I added a pinch of turmeric-sounds weird but it makes it taste a little bit more like cream of turkey pot pie. Also used white pepper because it blends so well in soup. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2017
No changes... Only Xtra pepper Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2017
This is one of the BEST soups I have ever had. The only change was that I made my own broth. I threw in two handfuls of baby spinach leaves at the way end. Super fast to the table and the family loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2016
Totally delish! Very filling too. Used onion not shallots used rotisserie chicken and homemade chicken broth. Couldn't find wild rice so used Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice blend. This is definitely a repeat recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2016
Excellent flavor and quick to prepare. The entire loved it including a husband who doesn't like soup. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2016
This was an Awesome meal I do have high blood pressure so this meal will be on the menu from now on.. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2014
Quite yummy - even though I didn't follow directions right I misread this - what can I say I scan instructions. So while I was supposed to sautee the veggies first I started the broth and dumped the crispy veggies in. Big whoops - obviously that would hinder the flavor. So I kept the chopped mushrooms and added a half an onion and a stalk of celery so I could make that roux and followed those instructions as written - but then still just added some broth to that pan and then dumped it in the big pot since my skillet couldn't handle the whole thing. I need a big saucepan I guess. Anyway - even with my mess-up and some added salt it felt way too thick for a soup so I added another cup or two of turkey broth 1 T. of tamari and about 1 T. of white wine vinegar because I liked the idea of white winey finish to this. It tastes awesome! Pros: No weird ingredients - easy to make with leftovers Cons: Only 2 steps written for a soup that's actually like 6 steps. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2014
My husband's favorite soup. This is my husband's favorite soup. I use wild turkey instead of domestic add the packet in the Uncle Ben's Wild Rice and add our homemade pepper for spices. Other than those few items I don't change a thing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2014
Amazing recipe. Made some minor tweaks to amp up the flavor! Made this tonight and it was AWESOME! After reading everyone's reviews regarding the bland flavor of the soup I made some minor tweaks of my own to really make this soup taste oh-so-WONDERFUL! Instead of using 1/4 cup of flour I used 3 Tbs. After all this is a soup not a pot pie filling. I used 3 1/2 cups shredded turkey (dark and white) meat and it was absolutely amazing. As far as the flavor goes I can see why everyone is saying that this soup is missing something and I couldn't agree more. I added in 4 cloves chopped garlic and fresh rosemary (1 sprig) and thyme (3 sprigs). Sauteed those with the carrots shallots and celery. The soup is a little thick in my opinion even with 3 Tbs of flour so I added an extra 1/4 cup of chicken stock to thin it to my liking. The flavor of the soup itself is quite bland so instead of dousing it in extra salt I grated the zest of one lemon into it and boy was it delicious! The lemon cuts through the richness of the soup and brightness it up completely. Hope this helps! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2013
Awesome soup! So the first time I made this soup it was great even though I didn't have wild rice. Beware though I made it again earlier tonight and my sour cream had gone bad. I substituted greek yogurt instead and it didn't come out nearly as good. In fact it was far far from the original. Stick to the recipe (in general) and it's pretty hard to screw this up. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2013
This recipe is really tasty! I read other reviews that said it needed more flavor so I added about a teaspoon of Mrs. Dash's garlic and herb spice and a few shakes of garlic powder. It came out great! I also used rotisserie chicken which has a good deal of salt/flavor. Yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2013
I add turkey kielbasa really adds flavor. I saute it first then add to the soup. Mmmmmm..... Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/15/2013
More Flavor The first night I made the soup it was just OK in the flavor department. The next day we had leftover soup for lunch. I added fresh rosemary and more parsley. It still did not have the flavor we craved. The base is perfect. I just need more ideas for adding flavor to this wonderful soup. Pros: Great texture hearty comforting soup. Cons: Not enough flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
awesome I loved this!!.. i didn't have carrots and it still turned out really good. It does need just a little more salt but i would only add it to the serving you are going to eat as to not OVER salt the whole pot of soup. Pros: filling easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2012
Lovely with smoked chicken Great recipe for a less guilty creamy chicken wild rice soup. I used smoked chicken and it was wonderful. The smoky chicken added huge flavor. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2012
Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup I made this for my husband and I - VERY good and quite easy. I used 12 ounces of shredded rotisserie chicken; 2 tablespoons of flour; and a precooked package of Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice. Only improvement I would make is to add more salt and pepper. Pros: Easy quick and good Cons: needs more spice Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2012
Better pot pie filling This was super thick. Tasted more like pot pie filing. This recipe resulted in a huge quantity of soup so I ended up turning the leftovers into pot pie. My family liked it better as pot pie vs soup. Just covered with pie crust and baked at 400 for 30 minutes. Pros: Easy recipe good for using up leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
I've just made this soup it's specially good after poor healthy eating during holidays. I've added orange juice wine and soy sauce. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2011
This is a keeper I just made the soup and it turned out excellent. However I am trying to figure out what other spice to add to give it just a little more flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Picked up an Eating Well magazine while waiting for car to be repaired. I'm hooked--both Root Veggie and Turkey Soup recipes were outstanding. I now do my recipe "looking" at Eating Well online. One problem is that I live in a very rural area and have some difficulty finding ingredients... karen Harrisville MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I make this soup at least two times a month. It is so yummy! I have shared with all my friends as well and they love it too! Alex Diharce San Antonio TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this about 6 times since I saw the recipe in the magazine. I add a whole lot more veggies and make it a little stew like. This is a great recipe for using as a base and letting your imagination run wild...even my kids love it! sunny Portland OR Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this soup and have made it several times. Perfect for a winter evening meal with a salad. Ruth Reston VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup instantly became a family favorite - it is delicious and very easy - if you are short on time buy a rotisserie chicken from the store and shred it rather than making the chicken yourself. annmarie Ann Arbor MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used regular wild rice (not instant) and frozen chopped carrots onions and celery. It was great and my whole family ate it up. Heidi Los Alamos NM Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This turned out very well!! My husband asked me to make it again tonight and we just finished it last night!! I used long cooking wild rice more chicken broth & onion instead of shallots. Plus more fresh mushrooms than called for. Great way to use up the left over turkey. Holly Barneveld NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I tweaked the heck out of it and it was very good. I used double the broth added a clove of roasted garlic added dried marjoram some allspice and a touch of apple pie spice (yes!) and lots more pepper plus it still needed something so added a handful of parmesan. Didn't have shallots on hand so used half an onion and increased the amt of vegs. Also used long cooking rice cooked in chicken broth so added it at the end with the turkey. Sauteed with a bit of butter for flavor and used whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour. Added a handful of parsley and might add some chopped fresh baby spinach the next time to up the vitamins. My sweetie said it was "restaurant qualify" so I guess I'll make it again! Chum Brooklyn NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe absolutely rocks!! It is rich and creamy and delicious! What a great way to use up the extra turkey from the holidays. The recipe is quick easy and requires very few ingredients. Wonderful! Thanks Eating Well! Correnna Las Vegas NV Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The soup was great. Next time I will reduce the amount of flour by half decrease carrots and increase the mushroom amounts. Cathy Olympia WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup was amazing!! My boyfriend and I loved it. We both agreed we should make this every week! Pamela Austin TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! My long grain and wild rice packet included seasoning so I just left out the parsely. And I also added 2-3 cloves of minced garlic which gave the soup a great flavor. Definitely recommend! Shelly Hoffman Bloomington IN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used wild mushrooms simmer a whole chicken and used broth for base. Added Sherry when cooking mushrooms. Had friends over for football. They loved it! bug Chambersburg PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this with a left over turkey breast and it is really good. You will need extra broth. I also put in a bay leaf pinch of red pepper and rosemary and thyme. I think you will all enjoy it. Donna MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this with leftover chicken I had frozen. It turned out really yummy. I am sure it would be just as good with the turkey. I used regular wild rice and just let it simmer until it was done. I served this with cresent rolls. kathy Odessa DE Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely delicious! Have made it twice already! I used rotisserie turkey breast from the supermarket and did not add the parsley. The first time I used Uncle Ben's quick cooking wild and long grain rice and loved it. Second time I could not find quick cooking wild and cooked regular wild rice and then added it after. I liked the first time better. Alex San Antonio TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was an amazing soup filled with delicious flavor. I used regular wild rice and it was worth it. Its still fairly quick because once you add the broth you just add the rice turkey sour cream and parsley and its done! DELICIOUS Stephanie New York NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was an easy and delicious recipe. I made it in the crockpot using regular wild rice and it turned out fantastic! Cynthia Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good quick hearty soup. I used Near East brand wild rice mix and tossed in the herb pack with it and cooked a wee bit longer than recommended in this recipe. I love a thick soup and this one fits the bill. Great with a green salad!! Colleen Philadelphia PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really easy and good. I used the box of Uncle Ben's long grain & wild rice incl the season pkg. The only adjust. was the broth I ended up using more because the soup was so thick. I skipped the sour cream....don't need it. I will definitely will make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This soup is so good. I had one something like it only it didnt have carrots in it. And I have eveything BUT the carrots so I may go ahead and make it and leave them out and add a different veggie? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just finished serving this having used the Turkey broth I made from our TG Turkey. Didn't have all the veggies as I used then in the stock so I used a small can of corn(11 oz) small can of cut asparagus spears (10.5 oz) along with the fresh carrots & shallots. I also used the Uncle Bens quick cooking with just 2 teaspoons from the seasoning packet. Also used Whole Wheat flour and FF sour cream ( Naturally Yours which is an excellent brand of FF) and did also need about 1 to 1-1/2 cups extra broth. This was outstanding and my daughter loved it. I could see also playing with the veggies more next time and maybe using green chilis to make it a more SouthWest style soup. I don't like mushrooms so those are out. Great base recipe. Laurel Phoenix AZ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this recipe for the first time this past week. Followed recipe with the exception of using chicken instead of turkey extra carrots no sour cream no parsley and no added salt (due to the salt in the rice seasoning pkg). Prepared as directed using 5-min Uncle Ben's Long Grain then put it in my crockpot (on low) to save for dinner a couple hours later. Decided to add sour cream just before serving but found the soup had turned into a chicken and rice dish (not soupy) and it tasted really good already so I skipped it. 5 7 11 year old kids liked it as much as my husband and I. Would definitely make again:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is quite tasty! I used brown rice instead of wild rice and i pre cooked the rice before adding it since I don't use the instant stuff. Either way it's a very nice dish. I think next time I make it I'm gonna slap it in my baking dish after it's done. Put a whole wheat biscuit topping on it and slap it in the oven and turn it into a chicken pot pie.:3 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I'm making this soup right now and it is so easy so far. I used a rotisserie chicken because I'm too lazy to cook one! Really good though! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I make this soup several times per year. I have used turkey and rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and it's awesome either way! It's easy to make the only somewhat time consuming thing is washing and chopping the vegetables. It reheats well and freezes very well too. My husband even loves it and he usually automatically hates anything meant to be good for you! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe sounded so good that I just had to make it last night. I substtitued chicken for the turkey (personal preference). I cooked the chicken breast in the broth which was then used in the soup. Following other reviewers suggestions I doubled the carrots and celery and also added sweet potato zucchini and some sliced green kale which gave it some beautiful color. The sour cream added at the end gives a wonderful texture and flavor to the soup. Trader Joes has a precooked wild rice that worked perfectly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My daughter made this for dinner last night. She is not a cook by any means. It was fabulous! She used baked chicken cut into very small cubes. She was so proud of herself (as were we)! The flavors were so good that even our picky 15 year old ate it all! We will double the recipe next time for leftovers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Rockstar! I love the fact that it is low fat and still tastes great! Almost as if it had loads of cream and butter! Great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Made the recipe over this last cool-weather weekend. It was easy to make and tasted good. It just seemed that something was missing. At the very end I added 1 teaspoon of Herbes De Provence which kicked up the flavor about 2 notches. Will be making this soup again. --MBush Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is a very good base recipe. I did not measure my ingredients. I ended up needing to add a flour/water slurry to thicken it a bit more however this was likely due to my having not measured the other ingredients. The boyfriend said it was delicious and all he said is it needed more black pepper. I did not tell him it was supposed to be healthy. He even packed up two bowls to take to work tomorrow. Next time I will try to make some whole grain bread bowls to serve the soup in or else I'll be sure to have a good crusty grainy bread with butter to serve with it. Sarah Minneapolis MN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We really like this soup. It was easy and used ingredients already on hand...quite a nice way to finish off some leftover turkey. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This recipe is excellent. I did do a few things differently that made it a little more flavorful however. I didn't use instant/quick cook wild rice. Instead I used Trader Joe's Wild Rice and boiled it with the turkey covered for about 20 minutes while I cut up the veggies. This made the rice turkey and broth very flavorful. After I also added a cup of water to the mix when I added in the veggies. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This rescipe is a keeper. What a great way to follow the Thankgving turkey with a tastey and low calorie meal. Everybody in may family enjoyed the soup ans suggested that we have it again before we use up all the turkey leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is such a good soup! I used chicken stock instead of broth and for the rice I used one box of Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice fast cooking blend. I also added about 1/3 to 1/2 of the spice packet that comes with the rice to the soup. So delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this last night to use up the last of our Thanksgiving turkey and it was fantastic. I did add 2c extra broth and 1t of herbs de provence. Also I got some store brand wild rice mix similar to rice-a-roni and tossed the sesoning packet in with the flour. I forgot the parsley but I don't think we missed it! I think next time I'll add some spinach in just because I love spinach in soup. This reheats very well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Strep throat begone! I read this recipe while waiting in my doctor's exam room... waiting sadly to find out that I had strep throat:( I went home and made a pot of this soup. I made two changes. 1) cooked the flour in a roux 2) added a few handfuls of chopped kale. The soup turned out to be rich roasty soothing and delicious. Even a person who's ill can pull this off - easily. Read More