Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice SoupIt’s time to cozy up to another delicious bowl of soup. This Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice Soup is absolutely perfect to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. I love saving all of the bones/carcass from the turkey and making homemade bone broth after Thanksgiving. Using that as the base of this soup + the diced leftover turkey is quite lovely. 

However, if it’s not Thanksgiving season and you still want this soup–have no fear! You can use store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken instead! Regardless, this soup is absolutely phenomenal and all made in one pot. I let the rice cook directly in the soup and once the rice is tender, I thicken it with a dairy-free creamer and arrowroot starch slurry. 

Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

The end result of this Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken + Wild Rice Soup is a comforting bowl of creamy, hearty and healthy soup. It’s one that the whole family will adore and I can’t wait for you to try it for yourselves!

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Serves: 6 people
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced small
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper, or more to taste
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (or homemade turkey stock)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (or 1/2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • dash of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 2 cups cooked, diced chicken or turkey you can use rotisserie chicken
  • 3/4 cup Nutpods Dairy-Free Original Creamer you can use heavy creamer here
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or the juice of 1 lemon


  • Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the veggies are just tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, oregano and cayenne. Stir to combine and increase heat so that it comes to a boil.
  • Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat to a low simmer over low heat. Add the diced chicken (or turkey) and the uncooked wild rice. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. *see note below
  • After the rice is tender, uncover the soup and increase the heat so that is it simmering more vigorously, but not boiling (about medium heat).
  • In a small bowl, combine the dairy-free creamer and arrowroot flour and whisk until arrowroot has dissolved in the creamer.
  • While slowly stirring the soup, slowly pour in the creamer/arrowroot mixture until it is well combined in the soup. Continue to cook the soup, uncovered and simmering, stirring often until it has thickened, 5 to 10 more minutes.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, serve and enjoy!


The rice cook time may vary depending on the type of wild rice you purchase. The back of my box said to cook the rice traditionally, it takes about 45 minutes. Check the back of your box and adjust cook time according to the package instructions.


  • Reply
    Shannon Star
    August 14, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Extended family members have Covid 🙁
    Making this favorite for them now so I can drop some on their porch. Saving some for my daughter and I to eat tonight so we can stay healthy. Thanks Alex, for having so many healthful recipes to keep us well. We love you!

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    March 21, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    5 stars
    Best soup i’ve ever made hands down. Followed the recipe exactly and it was absolutely heavenly!!

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    March 18, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Do you use the seasoning packet that comes with the rice?

    • Reply
      March 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      nope! Just the seasonings/herbs I provided in the recipe.

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    March 16, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! What could I use as a substitute for the arrowroot starch?

    • Reply
      March 17, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      You can sub cornstarch or tapioca flour in this one.

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    January 25, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Wow! This is so flavorful. I slowly cooked sliced mushrooms alongside the soup and added them in with the cream ant the end. The lemon juice brightens it and is so good. Will make again!

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    January 11, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Wow! This is so so yummy! Made it with half and half so not dairy free but absolutely delicious. I will absolutely be making this again and again…

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      February 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      Making this soup for tonight! What is best way to cook chicken before hand? I’m using chicken breasts 🙂

      • Reply
        February 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm

        You can roast them or poach them!

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    December 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I would love to make this but don’t have Wild Rice on hand, what other type of rice can be used here?

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    Andrea w
    December 12, 2020 at 3:08 am

    5 stars
    This is delicious. I used chicken and had some heavy cream I needed to use so mine wasn’t dairy free but dang! I took a bite and said WOW!

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    November 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Do you think you could use coconute milk or cream instead of nutpods?

    • Reply
      November 16, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      yes it works with coconut milk– coconut milk definitely has a stronger taste to it but it’s still great.

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      Anna Hughes
      November 17, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      What about oat milk?

      • Reply
        November 18, 2020 at 12:08 am

        I haven’t tried it with oat milk– as long as it’s neutral in flavor it should work well in the recipe 🙂

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    Brittany Mayfield
    November 15, 2020 at 12:25 am

    Hi – I’m thinking about trying this with jackfruit instead of chicken as a meat substitute. Do you think I should still put it in at the same time as I put in the rice? Thanks!!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      To be honest– I am not very familiar working with Jackfruit

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    November 10, 2020 at 12:05 am

    5 stars
    delish!! had to add a little bit more salt and pepper but so good and filling. I added peas to have more veggie and was a great addition

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    October 26, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Hi Alex! Do you have recommendations on making this in an instant pot or slow cooker? Thank you!

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      October 26, 2020 at 9:36 pm

      ohh, I haven’t yet tried doing the rice in the IP… so I am not sure on cook time. But it would certainly work!

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        November 3, 2020 at 1:37 am

        5 stars
        Favorite soup I’ve ever made!

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          November 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm

          🙂 that makes me happy.

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