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Panera Chicken and Rice Soup

Copycat Panera chicken and wild rice soup is comfort food at its best.

Panera Chicken and Rice Soup
Panera Chicken and Rice Soup
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There's no need to wait in line at Panera for your favorite soup recipe! This delicious copycat Panera chicken and rice soup is completely comforting, flavorful, and perfect for warming you up on a chilly day. This recipe is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken breasts, and using instant rice is a great way to make sure this soup is ready in no time.

You can serve this copycat Panera soup recipe with a few slices of your favorite crusty bread for a lunch that just can't be beat. If you're really hungry, you could even serve it with a sandwich like Panera's extinct turkey apple Cheddar. We love that you can have your restaurant favorites from the comfort of your own home, and your family will too!


Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time55 min


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped baby carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 4.3 ounce box Rice a Roni Long Grain and Wild Rice (with seasoning packet)

Panera Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe


  1. Pour olive oil in large pot. Add carrots, celery, and onion.

  2. Simmer over medium heat until onions are translucent, approximately 10 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic cloves, chicken stock, water, and 1 cup of milk to the mixture and stir until combined.

  4. Add the pepper, dried oregano, and shredded chicken. Mix until combined.

  5. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.

  6. Whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk with the ½ cup flour until no lumps remain.

  7. Pour this into the soup mixture and whisk.

  8. Place the long grain and wild rice and the seasoning packet into the soup and mix until combined.

  9. Simmer for 20 more minutes.

  10. Enjoy!

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This was so full of chicken - delicious and hearty! Loved it!

This is such a hearty yet light soup! You can tell that it's good for you.


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