panera copy-cat soup

Panera Bread Copycat Creamy Chicken And Wild Rice Soup

I’ve made this recipe twice now, and we’ve loved it both times. It really is just like the soup from Panera and pretty easy to make.  But I think next time I make it I’ll cut the recipe in half. It makes a little more than 2 people need. 😛

panera copy-cat soup

The Recipe:

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves (cooked and cubed)
  • 1 (6 ounce) package long grain and wild rice blend, quick cooking version (You will use the seasoning packet. I used Uncle Bens butter and herb flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup butter (12 tbsp. or a stick and a half)
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cups light cream (I used half in half)


Open rice, pull out seasoning packet and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine pepper and flour. Set aside.
In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth and chicken. Bring to a boil, then stir in rice. Cover and remove from heat.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add carrots, celery and onion and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in contents of seasoning packet, and continue cooking vegetables until softened, about 5 minutes more. Add seasoned flour gradually while constantly stirring, to form a roux. Saute roux for 3-4 minutes to cook out raw flour taste.
Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through and rice is done,15-20 minutes.


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