Slow Cooker Sunday: Impossibly easy Parmesan chicken and wild rice soup

Oct 25, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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Busting out my slow cooker is one of my favorite things about cold weather. I can just throw in all the ingredients, and when I come back in a few hours, I have lunch or dinner waiting for me. This soup is totally going into my top five and will probably be made at least once a month this winter.

This soup gives you all the traditional chicken soup flavor, but instead of noodles, I threw in some wild rice, and to add a depth of flavor, I opted to add in a Parmesan cheese rind. After it cooked all day, I served it in a big bowl with a little extra sprinkling of shredded Parmesan just to add even more flavor.

wild rice soup made in the slow cooker with chicken and Parmesan
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Slow cooker chicken, Parmesan and wild rice soup recipe

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 6 hours | Total time: 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Parmesan rind
  • 4 large, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 64 ounces chicken stock (possibly more may be needed)
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for topping


  1. To the slow cooker, add the carrots, celery, garlic, onion, wild rice, thyme leaves, Parmesan rind and chicken stock. Stir to combine.
  2. Top the mixture with the chicken breasts, and submerge them under the chicken stock. If the stock does not cover the chicken, add more.
  3. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on high for 4 hours. Remove the lid, and take out the chicken breasts. Either cut into cubes or shred the chicken, and add it back to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook for another 2 hours. If the mixture becomes too thick, add more stock.
  5. To serve, top with shredded Parmesan cheese.

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