Chicken & Root Vegetable Soup with Wild Rice


This chicken and root vegetable soup will fill you up with chicken and nutty wild rice paired with your favorite root vegetables. Try butternut squash for sweeter notes, or celeriac or parsnip for an earthier flavor.

a recipe photo of the Chicken & Root Vegetable Soup with Wild Rice served in a bowl
Photo: Photographer: Jennifer Causey, Food stylist: Ali Ramee, Prop stylist: Clairen Spollen
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 cup chopped unpeeled carrot

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 cup diced root vegetables (such as butternut squash, parsnip or celeriac)

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 7 cups lower-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ½ cup wild rice, rinsed

  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in carrot, celery and root vegetables; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Stir in broth, chicken and rice; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cover and cook, undisturbed, until the rice is just tender and the chicken is cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and lemon juice.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 1/4 cups
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Vitamin A 9876IU 198%
Vitamin C 26mg 29%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Vitamin K 144mcg 120%
Sodium 718mg 31%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 91mg 22%
Potassium 777mg 17%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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