WW Recipe of the Day: Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
(312 calories | *3 WW SmartPoints)
This slow cooker wild rice soup may not win any beauty contests, but it is an easy, healthy and deliciously satisfying one- pot meal, perfect in cold weather.
I adapted the recipe from Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised and Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker , a great go-to cookbook when you are looking for a slow cooker recipe that’s not only easy, but light and healthy too.
How Many Calories/Weight Watchers Points in this Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe?
According to my calculations each serving has 312 calories and *3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints.
Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup Recipe Notes
This simple slow cooker soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. (I had just enough left from a recently purchased rotisserie chicken.)
Most wild rice soups are creamy, but this recipe skips the milk and/or cream and calls for an unexpected ingredient – chopped winter squash. I used a package of frozen peeled and chopped butternut squash, which mostly melted into the broth, thickening it a bit.
The only other changes I made were to:
- Decrease the butter to 1 tablespoon (saving 1 PointsPlus)
- Add a teaspoon of thyme
- Add a cup of frozen green peas for a boost of color and fiber (now that I know how good they are for us).
Next time I may play with a creamy variation by adding a 12-ounce can of fat-free evaporated milk mixed with 1/4 cup flour during the last 20 minutes of cooking. The addition of sliced or chopped mushrooms would be nice as well.
We’re big wild rice fans here so this soup was a winner when I served it for supper, along with a plate of Triscuits, cheese, and sliced apples. (I’ve committed to this month’s Weight Watchers Healthy Routine of being sure to include fruits and vegetables with each meal and snack.)
The rice expands the longer it sits, so you may need to add more chicken broth or water to thin it out a bit, especially when reheating any that is leftover.
I used my Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System to make this soup, but any 4-Quart or larger slow cooker should work fine. Enjoy!
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If you liked this slow cooked wild rice soup with chicken you might also like: 5-Ingredient Chicken Wild Rice Casserole, Slow Cooker Ham Wild Rice Soup, Sausage & Spinach Wild Rice Soup and Crock Pot Wild Rice
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Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup dry wild rice
- 6 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken stock
- 1/2 cup minced onions
- 1/2 cup minced celery
- 1/2 pound winter squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
- 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds
- Ideal slow cooker size 4-Quart.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet set low heat. (I used my Ninja 3-in-1 cooker.)
- Add the rice and cook, stirring often. Transfer to slow cooker. Add the chicken stock, onions, celery, squash and thyme.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours, or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking.
- One hour before serving, stir in the chicken and peas.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with slivered almonds, just before serving.
Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised and Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker by Phyllis Good.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this slow cooker wild rice soup recipe, here are a few more Weight Watchers friendly slow cooker soups you might like:
- Weight Watchers Simply Filling Slow Cooker Bean and Cabbage Soup (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Slow Cooker Ham & Split Pea Soup (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Slow Cooker Pizza Soup (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup (Simple-Nourished-Living)
- Curried Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (Weight Watchers)
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Originally published 1/2013; Updated with new text and WW Points 9/2018