Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.72 from 7 reviews

Chicken Recipes Soups and Stews

Cook time Cook time: 45 minutes

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup Copycat is the easy homemade version of the chain’s comforting, hearty and creamy soup. Check out the short video tutorial below and see how easy and delicious this recipe is!

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!

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.

Can I make Chicken And Wild Rice Soup Gluten-Free?

Yes! For a gluten-free version, you will have to swap the all-purpose flour with the gluten-free version.

Also, you can make a cornstarch slurry by simply mixing the same amount of cornstarch with cold water. Just mix the cornstarch until it dissolved with the water.  Then, once the rice has cooked, add in 1-2 tablespoons of the slurry to the soup at a time until the broth reaches your desired level of thickness.

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.
  • Similarly, you could add some bacon to it. This will amp up the flavor of this dish!
  • 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.
  • Feel free to use different rice or orzo. It is ok to swap the rice or orzo pasta if you would like. Just remember to adjust the cooking time based on the type of rice you are using. 

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.

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4.72 from 7 reviews

Panera Bread Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr




Nutrition information

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
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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!


Mona A

Absolutely delicious! And a perfect copy.


Sharla Lopez

Made this with some tweaks and it’s delicious. Less cream, more broth, a bit of dry white wine. More salt and pepper, and a bit of fresh dill and fresh lemon juice. Very good!



Lol it said you can add a seasoning packet of you have one I used the long grain wild rice rice a roni lol same thing



Do you use cooked chicken for this recipe?


I used raw, but cooked works great as well.


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