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Panera’s CopyCat Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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Can you believe I can have this Panera’s CopyCat Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup ready in 30 minutes, even when I
use frozen chicken? This soup taste so similar to Panera’s it is like you ordered it to-go came home and ate it, and spent a
fraction of what you would have paid.

Even better, you get to reap the rewards of leftovers! This soup is one that I crave when the weather begins to get chilly, it is such a hearty and comforting soup, that I highly recommend making.

CopyCat Panera’s Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

If you haven’t figured it out, I love Panera! I love their Broccoli Cheddar Soup, this soup, bread bowls, sandwiches, you
name it I love it. What I love is they use more natural ingredients so creating CopyCat recipes like this allows you to hit
the nail on the head with the flavors.

It took a little practice and adjustments of ingredients but I think I nailed it. A few weeks back the sun was shining and I actually thought spring was finally here. Then we wake up and look outside to see a blanket of snow had fallen during the night. These random snow storms are not my favorite, but it allowed me to have a good excuse to whip up this creamy and hearty soup. Luckily I had all the ingredients on hand and I didn’t have to venture out in the cold.

30 Minute Panera’s CopyCat Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

My favorite part of this soup when it comes to cooking is it is okay if I didn’t plan for it. Just like my snow day, I didn’t
plan to make soup, but I could pull chicken from the freezer and put in the Instant Pot without thawing and still have
soup ready in 30 minutes. Why buy canned soup that lacks flavor, when you can make homemade that is rich in flavors, in
just half an hour. Trust me if you try this soup, you will be back for the recipe, to make over and over again!

Can You Use Frozen Chicken For Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Yes, you are welcome to use frozen boneless chicken if you want, or fresh. You will just have to allow your Instant Pot to take longer to come to pressure. But you will still get an incredible, flavorful, soup to serve up your family. 

Can I Swap Out Chicken Stock for Vegetables Stock in Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Absolutely! Feel free to use vegetable stock if that is what you have on hand. The flavor will slightly change, but overall you should have a very similar flavor. I don’t recommend using low sodium, for that will take away a lot of the flavor in the dish, and could leave your soup tasting off in terms of being a true copycat recipe. 

Best Way To Store Chicken Wild Rice Soup 

If you have leftovers make sure to place in an airtight container and place in the fridge. Your soup will stay good for up to three days time. When you want to reheat you can warm on the stove top, slow cooker, Instant Pot, or even reach for your microwave. Just stir randomly as it warms and heats all the soup. 


Will Chicken Wild Rice Soup Freeze Well 

I haven’t tried freezing this soup, but you are welcome to try. I find that soups with a milk base can tend to curdle as they freeze. If this happens to grab a whisk and really give it a good stir to help break up the clumps. Even if your soup curdles a bit it will still have great taste, just the texture will be off. 

If you do freeze, place in a freezer bag or airtight container, and then toss in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge the night before you go to warm it up. 

What to Pair with Panera’s Copycat Chicken Wild Rice Soup 

You have so many options for side dishes to pair next to your wild rice soup. If you need some inspiration here are a handful of ideas to get you started! 

  • Green Salad
  • 1/2 a sandwich (grilled cheese, turkey, ham, etc) 
  • Serve your soup in a bread bowl
  • Pair with some dinner rolls for dipping 
  • Crackers 

The sky is the limit on what works to go next to this soup. You have some tasty options so go with what you feel like! 

As you can see this Instant Pot copycat Panera’s wild rice soup, is going to be a winning dish. You might even say a family favorite. Give this recipe a try today and see how you like it! 

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Panera's Copy-Cat Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Panera's Copy-cat Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Panera's Copy-cat Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Can you believe I can have this Panera’s CopyCat Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup ready in 30 minutes, even when I use frozen chicken? This soup taste so similar to Panera’s it is like you ordered it to-go came home and ate it, and spent a fraction of what you would have paid.


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 4.3 oz box rice a roni wild rice
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbs olive oil


  1. Place the instant pot on saute add oil, garlic, onion, and veggies in the instant pot. 
  2. Add Chicken ( mine was frozen). 
  3. Add chicken broth, rice a roni, and packet of seasoning. 
  4. Add basil and oregano. 
  5. Place the pot on 30 minutes manual high pressure or just use your soup button
  6. Do a quick release. 
  7. Remove chicken and shred. 
  8. Add to your soup.
  9. Place pot on saute.
  10. Mix 1 cup of your broth with 2 tbs cornstarch to make a slurry. 
  11. Pour in heavy cream and slurry, continue to saute until it thickens.
  12. Note it does thicken more as it stands. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 608mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

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Saturday 19th of February 2022

I wish I would have read comments 30 minutes was too long it came out like Oatmeal. My puppies really enjoyed it though!


Saturday 31st of October 2020

Does the cook time change if I use thawed and already shredded chicken?

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Monday 20th of January 2020

I made this recipe exactly as it was listed. I was originally hesitant about using rice a roni wild rice but it was perfect in the recipe. I also didn’t think it would make enough soup but so far we’ve already eaten four large bowls and there is enough for 2-3 more. I used frozen chicken and as I was shredding it I realized I had too much chicken so I only put about half in the soup and kept the other half to use in another dish. This was a delicious soup for my family. Everyone loved it and we will be making it again and again. I was surprised at how fast it was to put together. Maybe 5 minutes of prep time and that was it!


Sunday 15th of December 2019

This soup is amazing! Was only the second thing I made (the first was your broccoli and cheese soup) and was SO impressed with it, this "was" a soup my daughter used to get frequently at Panera, now we enjoy it at home! And yours comes out with fewer calories than theirs does (another plus)! We make this at least twice a month and I have had equal success only using 1 chicken breast (it was all I had) as well as adding in more carrots and celery. I freeze half every time I make it and as long as you defrost in the fridge and add a little.cream, milk or chicken broth I've had no issues with the taste and texture being compromised

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