30-Minute Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

30-minute Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup | KitchenCents.com

30-Minute Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This creamy chicken and wild rice soup is full of vitamin-rich veggies, chunks of chicken, nutty wild rice, and is ready in under 30 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Author Rachel


  • 1 1/2 cups wild rice
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth (water and bullion works too)
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups onion chopped
  • 2 cups carrot chopped
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts raw, cubed 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper additional to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you'd like it, add more or less
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, cream, or half and half
  • cornstarch slurry 1/2 cup cold water, 1/2 cup cornstarch mixed
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped


  1. In Instant Pot, add chicken broth and wild rice.  Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.  Release pressure immediately. Stir.

  2. Add carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chicken cubes.  Cook on high pressure for additional 5 minutes. Stir.

  3. Set Instant pot to saute. Add milk, cream or half and half.  Once the mixture begins to simmer, add half the cornstarch slurry.  Heat and stir for 2-3 minutes until thickened.  If you prefer it thicker, add remaining slurry and stir until thickened.  Add parsley.

  4. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Recipe Notes

If recipe is followed, wild rice will be softened but chewy.  If you prefer your rice to be softer, cook rice for an additional 5-10 minutes then follow remainder of recipe.

If you like this recipe, you may also like this Fiery Lemon-Garlic Chicken with veggies or this Sweet, Honey Coconut Rice with Fresh Mango.

Fiery Lemon-Garlic Chicken with asparagus, green beans and Peppers | KitchenCents.com Easy Sweet Honey Coconut Rice and Fresh Mango | KitchenCents.com

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10 Responses

  1. IPNewbie says:

    Is the chicken raw or cooked when you put it in?

    • Rachel says:

      It goes in raw. Cubed chicken can cook very quickly when under pressure (like 5 minutes, no joke). If you have any other questions, let me know. This soup is fantastic if you like the nuttiness of wild rice and lots of veggies. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. IPNewbie says:

    I tried making it. When I released the pressure after the rice cooked, the liquid went everywhere. So, I added more, but it would never pressurize after that. Did I do something wrong? How do I fix it next time?

    • Rachel says:

      I’m so sorry to hear this. If you’re following the directions and ingredients, it shouldn’t lose liquid like that. It will let off steam but no more than that. You could try letting it stand for a few minutes after the timer sounds to allow the pressure to come down on its own a bit before releasing. If you followed the recipe quantities, that’s the only thing I can think of that might help. I’d love to hear about your experience when you try it again.

  3. Candace says:

    This recipe is amazing!! I’m making it for the fourth time and I thought I should finally thank you. I end up freezing the leftover soup and having it for many meals.

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Candace! That definitely makes me feel sooooo good to hear you have loved this recipe. We too think it’s a keeper. 😉 We usually don’t have much in the way of leftovers so I’ve never frozen it. How did it turn out after freezing?

  4. jm says:

    What size IP did you use? I have a 3 qt, would that be 1/2 recipe??

    • Rachel says:

      Hi there! I have a 6 qt IP. I’m not sure if a 1/2 recipe will work in your 3 qt. I would think so though. I’d love to hear how it went if you tried halving the recipe to fit your pot.

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