Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat is the easy homemade version of the chain’s comforting, hearty and creamy soup.

We love Panera Bread soups, and this one is on top of our list! The perfect soup to make during a cold winter day, which everyone in your family will enjoy!

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup

The Best Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat is a delicious, homemade take on the chain’s famous chicken soup. Made with tender rotisserie chicken, chunky vegetables, cream, and wild rice, this soup is the epitome of comfort food.

This soup is flavorful and cozy and goes perfectly with a warm baguette on a cold winter day. This is our favorite go-to soup, especially during colder winter days. It is a creamy, delicious, and the ultimate comfort soup. I have also included a video of the recipe to better guide you through the cooking process.

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe Tips:

  • You can use rotisserie chicken in this recipe or cooked chicken breasts. I prefer rotisserie chicken, as it’s more flavorful and tender.
  • I like to use onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Make sure you don’t overcook the veggies, they need to be tender, but not mushy.
  • Also, to make the soup even creamier, I like to puree half of it, either by adding it to a blender or using an immersion blender.
  • To cut on the calories, you can use light cream or half light cream and half milk.
  • Since this is a homemade version, you can play with it, add more or less garlic and if you want, some red pepper flakes for some heat, more or fewer veggies.

Best Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Can you freeze Chicken Wild Rice Soup?

Yes. I recommend using quart bags for this soup. Use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

To thaw the soup, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in warm water to thaw it faster.

Looking for more comforting soup recipes? Check these out!

Tools I used to make the Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat Recipe:

  • Immersion Blender – so convenient, makes it easy to puree food without having to add it to a blender.
  • Dutch Oven – mine is from Le Creuset, but I also like this one and it’s reasonably priced.

Watch Step by Step Recipe Video:

Save Recipe
4.8 from 5 reviews
Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr


  • 2  boneless chicken breasts 
  • 6 cup  chicken broth  (low sodium)
  • 1 6oz package  long grain and wild rice 
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 1  medium onion  (diced)
  • 1  medium carrot  (cut into thin rounds)
  • 1 cup  celery  (diced)
  • 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 3 cup  light or heavy cream 


  •  Fresh chopped parsley 


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, over medium heat, combine broth and chicken. Bring to a boil, then stir in rice. Cover and remove from heat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan or large, deep skillet over medium heat, add olive oil.
  3. Add diced onion, carrots and celery. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes. If the rice contained a seasoning packet, stir it in now and cook the veggies for another 5 minutes.
  4. Gradually add the flour to the veggies, while constantly stirring to form a roux.
  5. Sauté roux for 3-4 minutes and gradually, over low-medium heat, start whisking in the cream, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Bring back the pot with chicken and rice, place it over low-medium heat and stir cream mixture into the broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through and the rice is done, 15-20 minutes.
  7. If you want the soup to be creamier, blend half of it using an immersion blender. Or add 1/2 to a large blender and puree soup until there are no large chunks left.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  9. Enjoy!
Calories: 254 Carbohydrates: 9 Protein: 8 Fat: 20 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 68 Sodium: 980 Potassium: 318 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 725 Vitamin C: 14 Calcium: 63 Iron: 1.2
Save Recipe


top betting websites
Get free recipes to your inbox!


Leave a reply


I don't know if I've ever had this soup from Panera, but now I want to make it! It looks so creamy and delicious!



I love Panera Bread! The soups there are some of my favorite items on the menu. This one and the broccoli cheddar are at the top of my list. Thank you for this recipe, I will definitely make it.



Thank you so much for this Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe! It looks so creamy and delicious! I am totally in the mood for this right now!



I LOVEEEEEEE this soup from Panera, OMG is it delicious and now I will be printing your recipe and trying this. This is the best time of the year to make great soup like above, chicken wild rice soup is really good.



My husband and I used to eat at Panera every week before we had kids. I always liked their soups. I haven't had any of them in ages.


Jennifer Van Huss

That soup look mouth watering! I love how chunky it is! I can't wait to try and make it!



Wow, glad I dropped by over this website. I found another recipe to try on. I hope I can deliciously make this too! Printing the recipe so I can add this on my compilations. :)


Karlyn Cruz

Now that's what I call a really good looking soup! That looks amazing and so rich and creamy and hearty! I could have that as the meal on its own! Yum! thank you so much for sharing this! It's been so cold here that I have really been feeling like having soup lately. This looks perfect!


Aileen Adalid

Oh wow, this soup looks amazing! Thick and savory — just how I would like it. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us; it's something I'd definitely love to try my hands on!



I love this soup at Panera and this is a great recipe however,it needs some modifications. First,it definitely needs oa be cooked longer,at owners they shimmer it for hours. Second, it’s too much cream,so it’s veey milky taste,while it’s not like that at Panera,but other than that it’s heeat! 


Julia Randall

Made this tonight and it was delicious!! I did add more broth, salt, and cheese as it was a little bland.


Julia Randall

Delicious!! I did modify the recipe by adding a little more north, salt (because i used low-sodium broth), and cheese



what is Panera bread?


its a restaurant chain in the US



MAy be a dumb question but.... I have Uncle Bens Long grain and wild rice. Do I add the seasoning packet along with the rice? Assuming yes but....



Duh.... ignore my previous question. If I had read the instructions all the way through I would have had my answer. Sorry!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.