Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)


Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by ashley of

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot chicken and wild rice soup is so darn good! It’s flavorful, comforting, and the perfect dish for cooler weather. It is also gluten-free and dairy-free, and you’d never know it!

Wild rice adds a nutty, earthy flavor to the soup and great texture too. Chicken and mushrooms make this dish feel nice and hearty. This soup also has tons of flavor: lots of garlic, fresh thyme and sage, and spices.

“This soup is incredible! The flavors were so dynamic, and all ages from 5 to 65 could not get enough of it.”

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by ashley of

Soup is the Answer to all of your Holiday Problems:

This soup is the solution to all your holiday problems. Seriously, let me give you some examples:

  • What the heck do I do with all my leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Leave the chicken out of the recipe and stir some cooked turkey in at the end! Problem solved!
  • What the heck do I feed my visiting family/guests before/after/during the holiday (think: Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve/Day)? THIS easy no-fuss, one-pot meal! Problem solved!
  • How do I keep my family from discussing politics at the dinner table for just one night? TALK about how FANTASTIC this soup is! Chicken and wild rice soup to the rescue! Problem solved!
Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by ashley of

My Secret Ingredient Roux is Made with a… Potato!

You know what bums me out? When restaurants put flour in soup. I mean, what is up with that? I get the concept of a roux, but you can thicken soup in so many other ways! My recipe for wild rice soup is gluten-free. NO FLOUR ALLOWED IN THIS SOUP.

I use a vegetable to make a “roux!” I make my “roux” by blending a cooked potato with coconut milk (you can definitely use heavy cream or whole milk if you’re not dairy-free). I know what you’re thinking… “Ashley, you are brilliant! Also, I didn’t know you could read minds!”

Yes, friends, not only can I read minds – I can also predict the future. My prediction: you will make and love this soup. Come back and tell me if I was right!

“This soup is AMAZING! Thank you so much for such an incredible, comforting, delicious recipe! Blending a potato in at the end is genius! This is going to become a staple. πŸ™‚ I already can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow.”


“We really really liked this soup. This is serious comfort food. Using the potato with coconut milk was brilliant. It was so simple to make too. This is a definite keeper. Thanks Ashley you rock.”

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by ashley of

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by ashley of

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

4.97 from 32 reviews
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  • 1 Β½ pounds skinless and boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 8 ounce package portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic I use 2 tablespoons but we are garlic lovers!
  • 1 Serrano pepper minced


  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme plus extra for garnish to taste
  • 2 teaspoon minced fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons salt adjust to taste
  • Β½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ΒΌ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 4 cups chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 medium potato leave whole

Add later:

  • Β½ cup full-fat canned coconut milk or you can use heavy cream/milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee optional


  • Rinse the wild rice and drain.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the pot except for the potato and the ingredients listed under “add later.” Mix well.
  • Place the potato on top of the mixture.Β 
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and cook for 30 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure.
  • Remove the potato and place it into a blender along with the coconut milk. Pour this mixture back into the pot along with the butter and mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme if desired and serve.


I buy cultivated wild rice from Trader Joe’s but I bet this would also be great with hand-harvested wild rice if you can get your hands on some (lucky ducks!).
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  1. Sue Oberg says

    5 stars
    If I could give this more stars I would! I am gluten free and my daughter and husband are dairy free so having chicken wild rice soup was an awesome treat! This recipe is the best! Thank you so much for sharing your gift with others!

  2. Pamela Vassallo says

    5 stars
    You had me at coconut milk. LOL! I had all the ingredients in my pantry and was ready to go with just a few minutes prep time. Didn’t have a whole potato, so I subbed instant (which I keep on hand as a thickener because I’m GF) and I couldn’t resist adding a solid splash of white wine with a teaspoon of tarragon while it finished. WHOA! AMAZING! This was supposed to be a “love gift” for my neighbors who are both under the weather, but it was so dang good I shared it with everyone! I used the leftover coconut milk for a fantastic pot of chai tea which I am enjoying as I write this. Can’t wait to discover more of your recipes!

  3. Sue O says

    5 stars
    This soup is amazing!! We have gluten and dairy issues at our house which makes cooking challenging sometimes!! Thank you so much for this! I will definitely be checking out your other recipes!

  4. Kristen Pekarski says

    I made this for dinner tonight. It is so good. There are so many flavor layers. I could not find any serrano peppers at the store. I left the peppers out but followed the rest of the recipe. I love this soup. It was so easy. This recipe is staying in the rotation for sure. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Evie says

    I’m making this tomorrow in a crock pot and can’t wait for dinner tomorrow. My question is about the coconut milk. Does the recipe call for coconut milk that comes in a carton and is refrigerated? Or is it the coconut milk from a can?

  6. Jim Heiman says

    5 stars
    We really really liked this soup. This is serious comfort food. Using the potato with coconut milk was brilliant. It was so simple to make too. This is a definite keeper. Thanks Ashley you rock.


  7. Vineetha says

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, love your recipes and this one is delicious. I wanted to double it but wasn’t sure if I needed to add less broth or what modifications to make. I’m using a 6 quart instant pot. I don’t want the rice to get over soggy with more broth. Any advice appreciated!

    • Ashley - My Heart Beets says

      Hi Vineetha, happy to hear that you like this one so much πŸ™‚ I would double all of the ingredients but keep the cook time the same. I haven’t tried doubling this recipe in a 6 quart though so I’m not sure if it’ll fit. If you experiment, please let me know how it goes!

  8. Mae says

    I’m making this recipe in a few minutes and wanted to ask if I should peel the potato before it goes into the Instant Pot? If not, do I peel it before I blend it?

  9. Elissa says

    We love this soup. We left the Serrano out. The potato is genius! I will be trying this in other recipes. Thank you

  10. Kay says

    4 stars
    This was really good, and relatively easy to make, but my 5 year old found it too spicy. I probably should’ve had the sense to skip the crushed chilli flakes..

  11. Elissa says

    This is silly, I’m a new Instapot user. You call for ghee as optional, but it says to just add everything to the pot at once, and I don’t see you say to use the saute function. Do you saute the veggies first, then add everything? (And I’m using left over turkey, I’m guessing you add that in to warn once the soup is cooked?)

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Elissa, add everything except for the ingredients listed under “add later” – I’ll make a note in the instructions to make that more clear so thank you for asking! No need to sautΓ© anything beforehand. And yes, I would add the cooked turkey at the end πŸ™‚

  12. Ali says

    5 stars
    I omitted the mushrooms and pepper and added peas and corn instead. It was a big hit with my kids and husband! Thank you! So great to have a creamy soup that’s gluten free!

  13. Julia says

    5 stars
    I just made this and it is delicious. I could not find plain wild rice at the store, so I bought a harvest rice mix which includes wild, white, and brown rice. I followed the rest of the recipe but it did not come out as a soup. I think the rice absorbed too much water. I did not end up doing the coconut milk and potato thing because it is already rich and creamy. Next time I make it, I will add more water, decrease the cooking time, and add more mushrooms because mushrooms are my favorite! It is so flavorful though. I am leaving it as is and will add broth if I want it to be a soup. Even though it was not as I thought it would be, it is delicious.

  14. Kiana Adcock says

    5 stars
    This soup is incredible! The flavors were so dynamic, and all ages from 5 to 65 could not get enough of it. I used dried spices and cut the measurements in half. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  15. brett says

    Not sure if you will get this since it’s Thanksgiving Day. Making this soup for our meal. I scrolled through the recipe and comments, but didn’t find this details.

    How much (~servings) soup does this make?

  16. Marie says

    5 stars
    This soup is AMAZING! Thank you so much for such an incredible, comforting, delicious recipe! Blending a potato in at the end is genius! This is going to become a staple. πŸ™‚ I already can’t wait to eat it again tomorrow.

  17. Gaylene Daisher says

    5 stars
    This recipe quickly became our new family favorite. Having had given up dairy 3 years ago, I was missing a soup with a rich creamy consistency. This is comfort food!

  18. Erika says

    I bought all the ingredients tonight so I may wake up to put my crockpot together and, lo and behold, you call for an Insta Pot! Am I correct in thinking I can follow the recipe but need to bake my potato beforehand? Very excited to try this πŸ™‚

  19. Marla Moran says

    5 stars
    This was amazing! Thank you for sharing! I used the cauliflower that others recommended and subbed Coconut cream for a perfect thickener! Plenty for a few fridge meals and lots to freeze!

  20. Lindsay says

    We love this soup and have made it several times using both regular and sweet potatoes (I prefer sweet). One crazy question – We’re entertaining 8 people – one of them is vegan and I was hoping to be inclusive without having to cook a separate meal. How do you think it would turn out without the chicken? It would suddenly be vegan if we used veggie broth. Do you think it would still be almost as delish? I could increase mushrooms or add tofu or something – what do you think?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Lindsay, I’m so happy to hear that you like this soup! I’ll have to try it with sweet potatoes some time! I think it’d still be great even without chicken! And yes, consider adding more mushrooms or tofu! If you add tofu, maybe stir-fry it first then add it right before serving!

  21. Chris says

    Hi Ashley,
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am a newbie with the instant pot. This was my virgin attempt in using it for the first time. I followed the recipe except I misread the bag of tri-color quinoa and used it instead of wild rice, both from Trader Joe’s. It turned out fine though. I used cauliflower and milk to thicken the soup from a tip from one of your reviewers. My family really liked it. I want to try more of your instant pot recipes. Thanks a million!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Chris, I’m so happy to hear that you liked this recipe so much! And that’s great to know that quinoa works well with this πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear what you think of my other recipes!

  22. Robin says

    5 stars
    This is full of flavor, easy, healthy, and delicious! Thank you so so much for sharing this. I didn’t use butter because I forgot to buy it at the store – and I do not think it made a difference.

  23. Sadia Siddiqui says

    hi…this soup looks amazing. I have a question. Is this recipe Keto friendly. I dont a lot about keto diet and have just started cooking for my daughter. The recipe has wild rice and potato, which she doesnt eat in her diet. Please advice..
    PS: ive never tried wild rice

  24. Ann says

    5 stars
    This soup IS AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! Flavourful, hearty, and pure comfort food without the guilt! I doubled the recipe and will be freezing half of it. I made a few minor modifications: I took a handful of thyme and tied it up and put it into the soup (I’m terrible at picking off those leaves), instead of the potato, i used a head of cauliflower (without the leaves of course), and it was perfect. Had the creaminess, and no taste of cauliflower. πŸ™‚ I have LOVED every recipe that I’ve tried here (butter chicken, beef stroganoff, chicken bhuna masala). Can’t wait to try more!!! The flavour for everything is ON POINT! Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Ann, I’m so happy to hear that!! Love that you used cauliflower instead of potato – I will have to try it that way the next time I make this! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ And I’m so glad you’ve liked the other recipes of mine that you’ve tried!!

  25. TJ says

    5 stars
    Just found out I am allergic to dairy and I have been gluten free for a while. This was just what I was looking for. Hearty and creamy. Any other soup recipes I should try? Thank you!

  26. Sayani Majumdar says

    The mushroom+wild rice combo sounds really divine! Any suggestions on how to adapt this for a vegetarian audience? Do I have to reduce the cooking time if I leave out the chicken?

  27. Alissa Johnston says

    5 stars
    My husband had 2 wild geese for me to cook so I looked for a chicken recipe because that made sense. I found this recipe and couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve never cooked or eaten goose. I cooked the breast ahead of time and it is exactly like roast beef. No joke. But it was the last ingredient for me to chop so I was committed. So, imagine your soup with big chunks of roast beef! Still good, but kinda weird! But the flavors! Oh, so good! I thought creamy wild rice soup was just gone for ever being a dairy free home. This was amazing! But I will for sure use chicken or turkey next time!

  28. Ash says

    5 stars
    AMAZING! I recently had to give up dairy and soy as my newborn has allergies and this was such a great meal that I could actually eat! Yum! I am even more excited for leftovers πŸ™‚

    • My Heart Beets says

      Ash, I’m so glad you liked this soup! Thanks for letting me know how it turned out for you! All of my recipes are soy-free and I have a ton of dairy-free options so hopefully you’ll find more recipes here that you like πŸ™‚

  29. Kate says

    5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING! There’s a ton of flavor and the potato blended with the coconut milk makes for a great, creamy base. I’ve just started getting into cooking and I feel like this is the first website of recipes that actually taste restaurant quality without being unhealthy. My boyfriend’s been so happy with my cooking progress and LOVED this recipe in particular!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Kate, that’s so great to hear! And thank you for the compliment! I do try to keep things relatively healthy – or at least healthier πŸ™‚ So glad your boyfriend is enjoying your cooking too! Let me know what you guys think of any other recipes you try from my blog πŸ™‚

    • Mamie says

      5 stars
      Awesome recipe for lactose intolerant. Subbed dry herbs for fresh and used veggie broth, also hen of the woods mushrooms for portabellas. I’ll omit crushed red pepper next time because kids don’t prefer spicy. Just a fantastic recipe. Thank you!

  30. Matt says

    5 stars
    We made this tonight, and I think it’s absolutely wonderful. It reminds me conceptually of many brand-name canned soups with chicken and wild rice, except many times better! Your prediction is so right. πŸ™‚ Another recipe of yours that makes me proud of the food we cooked!

  31. Justin says

    Hi my family ( wife, 5 y.o. and 2 y.o.) and I love this soup. I just leave out the red pepper and serrano and just add it to my own so, the kids don’t think it’s spicy. And we normally double it so, we do half rice and half quinoa.

  32. Noell Sheets says

    Probably a silly question, but the chicken gets thrown in raw, correct? (I’m new to this whole instant pot thing.) Thanks!

  33. Michele says

    This is getting up to pressure in my IP at the moment! I can’t wait to try it.

    One thing I’ve been noticing is that you have ad boxes on your printable recipes now and they sometimes cover the recipe (I’m using Chrome on Windows). For example, the coconut milk and butter are both covered up on my print out with a longer ad box! I knew from originally needing the recipe online that I needed coconut milk but the amount wasn’t there. I tried it again tonight to see if it was a fluke and this time a rectangle one appeared on the second page. Gratefully it isn’t covering ingredients or directions this time!

  34. Jenn O says

    Amazing! I made this tonight for my family-husband and two tween girls-and they LOVED it. I did too! My oldest even said she liked it so much she was going to do all the dishes herself as a thank you for such a great meal. Thank you!

  35. Abby says

    I made this with leftover ham in place of the chicken and it was absolutely amazing! So much flavor. Picky husband and toddler approved. 😊

  36. Katie says

    I am making this as part of our Christmas lunch meal. I don’t see how many servings it makes, but I have a bad feeling i’ll need to run to the store and pick up some more wild rice so that I can triple this recipe (We’re having 18 people). Its smells amazing as it cooks on the stove top. Packed with flavor. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Katie, I hope everyone loved it! This makes quite a bit of soup, but for 18 people – yes – you may want to at least double it. Tripling it would be safe… let me know what you ended up doing!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Tammy, yes you can make this on the stovetop. Wild rice takes about an hour to cook on the stovetop. You may also need to add more liquid as that boils off when simmering on the stovetop so I’d just keep an eye on it and add liquid as needed. Hope that helps!

  37. Haley says

    Also, (sorry!) can I leave the mushrooms out without it affecting anything (the thickness?) too much? Would I need to add anything else to it as a substitute?

  38. Haley says

    Can I ask what kind of wild rice you used? or if there is a brand you recommend? I’m always nervous that different brands cook differently. Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Laura, wild rice takes about an hour to cook on the stovetop so you can certainly make this – it’ll just take a bit longer. You may also need to add more liquid as that boils off when simmering on the stovetop so I’d just keep an eye on it and add liquid as needed. Hope that helps!

  39. Ginger says

    5 stars
    Made this last night. It is delicious. My husband really liked it as well. And I am really liking using the instant pot. So please keep the instant pot recipes coming. Thanks Ashley!

  40. Sou says

    Hi there! This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. About how many servings does it make? If I need to double the recipe, what would the cooking time need to be changed to? Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Thanks Sou! This recipe makes about 6-7 cups worth – if you double the recipe, keep the cook time the same. When you double a recipe, the pressure cooker takes longer to reach pressure but the settings for this recipe will remain the same. Let me know what you think of it!!

  41. Susan Updegraff says

    This is delicious!!! Such a hearty, healthy soup! I made a few adjustments: I had 4 bone in chicken thighs. I cooked them first – with some carrots,celery and onion. Then I had broth for th soup. I took the meat off the bones and cut it into bite sized pieces. I didn’t weigh it – just put all the meat in the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Rather than coconut milk, I used a combination of almond milk and soy creamer for the milk requirements. I had two red skinned potatoes ( each a little smaller than my fist). When the soup was done I put them (skin and all) in my Vitamix along with the milk ( I used a little more milk than in the recipe). then put that mixture back in the pot! My husband love it. We had it for dinner last night and I put four more containers in the freezer for meals in the future! This recipe is a real winner!

  42. Konika Singh says

    5 stars
    This soup was amazing! I left out the white potato, and just added a little more coconut milk. I also threw in some vital proteins collagen bone broth. It was delicious, and so easy to make. I will definitely be making this more often.

  43. Angie Kiddoo says

    I can’t wait to try this, but I have one question – can I use a sweet potato instead of a regular potato? Thanks!

  44. Hannah says

    5 stars
    My family has requested that this be made at least once a month, if not more. We have several picky eaters, but everyone finished their bowls. The leftovers the next day were even better – and did not last long! I didn’t have fresh thyme or sage, but the dry varieties worked fine. I also was out of white potatoes, so I substituted a sweet potato – and I think I’m going to use a sweet potato again in the future. So good! This soup is excellent on chilly nights when you crave something savory and hearty. You will not be disappointed!

  45. Emily says

    We are trying this tonight! I thinking I’m being obtuse, but just want to confirm… Do you add the chicken raw?

  46. April says

    Thank you Ashley, for another delicious gluten-free, dairy-free recipe that doesn’t sacrifice taste. I made this soup for dinner this week. It was amazing- so flavorful and creamy!

      • Linda Lorenzo says

        5 stars
        This was delicious, I just had turkey stock which turned out great. I quartered my mushrooms as I like them chunky. I had a Trader Joes wild rice mix. I did add fresh spinach after it was cooked. Will definitely do again, even picky grandson ate it.

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