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Easy Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup – the best soup on a cold and snowy day! Creamy, flavorful, filling and very easy to make in one pot. No slow cooker required.

Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup in a white ceramic bowl with a soup spoon.

Just a few simple ingredients for this Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup. While theirs is a little different, I do find the taste pretty similar and this is how I make it. You can use wild rice instead of regular rice, but I rarely buy wild rice.

Keep in mind that wild rice has more protein and fewer calories than white rice and it might be the better option.

It is cold and snowy around here and I love making soups! This Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup is one of my favorite soups. I wish I made it more often, but for some reason I don’t always remember about it. Even though I always have all ingredients for it, it has always been a “winter” soup for me.

Easy Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup in a ladle

What ingredients do I need to make this Panera Inspired Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup?

All you need for this Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup is – boneless skinless chicken breast, celery (optional), carrots, onions, garlic, chicken stock, rice (wild or white), cornstarch (flour, seasoning and heavy cream.

bowls with cream of chicken soup

You can use pre-cooked (shredded or cubed) chicken breast, but I usually chop the raw chicken into small bite-sized pieces, then cook it in a little oil until no longer pink.

A white bowl with cream of chicken and rice soup

How to make Cream of chicken and rice soup?

Heat oil in a pot.

Then I add the carrots, onions and garlic.

Cook for 2-3 minutes and add the chicken stock, seasoning and rice.

Cook for 30 minutes until the rice is cooked.

Stir in the cornstarch, mixed in with some water and add cream.

Cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.

How to serve Cream of Chicken And Rice Soup?

Did I mention that this Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup  tastes awesome with a few drops of TOBASCO® on top?

Top with chopped parsley.

It is very hearty, warming and flavorful!

A bowl full of chunky cream of chicken and rice soup

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Panera Inspired Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup

Easy Cream Of Chicken And Rice Soup Panera Inspired - the best soup on a cold and snowy day! Creamy, flavorful, filling and very easy to make in one pot. No slow cooker required.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, large
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery , optional (I rarely use it)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or pressed)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup white or wild rice
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 5 cups chicken stock, homemade is best
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, for garnishing


  • Heat oil i a large pot (Dutch oven).
    Add chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until no longer pink. 
  • Add garlic, onion, carrot and (celery), salt, pepper, oregano and basil Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the rinsed rice and chicken stock. Cook for 25-30 minutes, until the rice is fully cooked.
  • In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Add to the soup. Add the heavy cream. Cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add more salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley. 


Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 452mg, Potassium: 462mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2275IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. This soup is calling my name! I love Panera’s cream of chicken soup, so I’ve got to try this! Love that it’s so easy to make and made in one pot. Perfect for this cold weather! Pinned!

  2. I have always love the comforting feeling of a creamy chicken soup since I was a kid. This looks delicious.

    1. Thank you! I’m so sorry, it mush be a glitch. I just pinned it. You can rein here:

  3. I love chicken and rice soup and this looks SO creamy and packed with goodness! I’ve never had Panera’s version but yours looks amazing!

    1. You can use regular pot, any pot you use for a soup. Crockpot can be used as well, just not sure how long to cook, I have to test it.

  4. I made this last night and it is really, really good. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out better than I imagined. I am definitely adding this to my rotation. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Made this today! I cooked it just the way the recipe said except i cooked bone in chicken breasts beforehand. I just chopped those up. It tasted amazing! Definitely will put this in my collections! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I used fresh thyme instead of oregano and fresh basil because it’s summer and I have a ton of the stuff growing haha and it came out delish. Thanks for the recipe !!