Panera Copycat Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Panera Copycat Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup RecipeI just love any soup that come from Panera and I always try to duplicate it at home, sometimes it’s a hit and sometimes it a miss but this time I think it’s an exact copycat for Paneras Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. I figured how hard could it be right? I has simple ingredients, but the secret is in the rice seasoning. After trying several I found the one that works, and it’s listed in the printable recipe below.

My family loves soups and stews in the fall and winter time. We seldom eat soup in the summer but we load up come winter. I always make extra and send a thermos full in my sons lunch the following day. He works out in the cold a few days a week and I like to have a hot meal for him to enjoy. He’s seldom in an area where he can drive through and find something to eat so packing it always assures he gets a meal. 

People make fun of me for getting up every morning an packing him a lunch, but I say as long as I’m able I never want to look back and regret not doing something loving for my boys while I could. I know so many parents that didn’t even get out of bed with their kids before school, when they were home, and just let them get off themselves. Well that’s not me I want to do what I can while I can. 

Panera Copycat Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Serves 8
Soup Recipe
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 1 C chopped carrots
  2. 1 C chopped celery
  3. 1 C chopped onion
  4. 3/4 stick butter
  5. 1/2 C flour
  6. 1 Rotisserie Chicken cut up into bite size pieces
  7. 6 C chicken broth
  8. 1 Box Rice-A-Roni Rustic Recipe Long Grain & Wild Rice
  9. 1 Box Rice-A-Roni Chicken low Sodium
  10. 2 C Heavy Cream
  1. Dump contents for both boxes of Rice-A-Roni into a bowl, add flour and whisk together, set aside.
  2. Add butter over low heat to a large dutch oven and melt, add chopped veggies and seasoning packets from the rice and stir until veggies are partially tender about 5 minute.
  3. Add contents from whisked bowl and stir until a roux forms.
  4. Add chicken broth, cream, and diced chicken. Let cook on low until rice is tender about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve while hot.
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  1. Kathleen G says:

    Good morning Dawn, the soup looks delicious, especially for a cold Winter day. Making sure your husband and sons have a warm hearty lunch is wonderful! Kathleen in Az

    1. Kathleen, are temps are going to be in the high 40’s this week so it will feel like a heat wave.

  2. There’s nothing like a nice, hot pot of soup throughout the fall and winter – I could definitely eat a bowl of it every day. When my kids were commuting to college, I sent them off with a nice lunch (and sometimes a supper, too) every day. I even got creative with Bento-style lunches…lol.

    1. Jen , good for you. I love to hear of a mom still taking care of her kids even when they’re old enough to take care of themselves 🙂

  3. cheryl Major says:

    Dawn , that soup looks very good. We eat alot of soups in this house also. I am always looking for good soup recipes. I will be trying it soon.

    1. Cheryl, this recipes is a keeper for sure. It’s so easy to make and tastes even better the next day. I love having it leftover for another meal.

  4. Looks so yummy Dawn. I am into soups right now with these cold winter days. I will be trying this one.
    Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.

    1. Kris yes you need these types of recipes too being in the cold climate like I am. But a heatwave of high 40’s is on it’s way!

  5. Really different type of recipe with chicken. I love chicken variety dishes here you added butter so yummy to eat. share like this different types of dishes.

    1. It’s a delicious recipe, and it’s so easy when you use a prepared chicken.

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