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Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Wild Rice Soup is your favorite comforting casserole in soup form! Creamy, cheesy, seasoned to perfection and couldn’t be any easier with no roux or assembly!
Every birthday growing up, each sibling excitedly chose their favorite “birthday meal” that Mom would make for our special family birthday dinner. I always looked forward to my birthday for this reason alone (I was always food motivated ) and always picked either Waikiki Meatballs or Chicken Divan. I couldn’t get enough of that tender chicken and broccoli smothered in a creamy sauce all served over rice. To this day, creamy, cheesy rice is one of my favorite comfort foods in the world.
As I was salivating over concocting a chicken, wild rice soup, my mind kept reminiscing to comforting Chicken Divan (especially with my birthday coming up), and I knew nothing would be better than Chicken Divan in soup form! The thought of slurping chicken, broccoli, rice casserole is enough to make me giddy, but the thought that all you do is throw your all your ingredients in your slow cooker fills me with giddiness for days. This easy Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Wild Rice Soup is the answer to your weeknight dinner dilemmas, and because it’s all made ahead of time, dinner can be relaxing and enjoyable for you and the whole family. Win-win!
To prepare this easy, flavorful soup, simply add your chicken, broccoli, wild rice, garlic, onion, seasonings, chicken stock and evaporated milk to your slow cooker and let it cruise until the chicken, broccoli and rice are all cooked – about 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.
Then whisk in some half and half mixed with cornstarch to thicken the soup and then comes my favorite part – pour in Pego’s Homestyle Alfredo Sauce! I have made this soup both with and without this sauce, and I’m telling you, this sauce makes the soup. It elevates the soup to a whole new level with its superior rich taste and smooth, velvety, creaminess with the depth of subtle Parmesan. Can we say slurp-worthy?!
Then, just because we can, stir in some sharp cheddar, so this soup instantly becomes creamy and cheesy – two of the most foodie soul comforting words in the world.
Then it’s eating time!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, Wild Rice Soup, is so comforting, so packed with flavor and so easy thanks to your slow cooker and Prego’s Homestyle Alfredo Sauce, it is guaranteed to become a new family favorite and even a requested birthday special.
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 4 cups broccoli florets chopped
- 1 cup uncooked wild rice blend, rinsed and drained
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
- 4 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 cups half and half (I use nonfat)
- 1 14.5 oz. jar Prego Homestyle Alfredo
- 2 cups FRESHLY grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Cooked and crumbled bacon (optional)
- Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker followed by all of the ingredients up to the cornstarch (do not add cornstarch and ingredients after). Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low 6-7 hours, or until chicken is tender enough to shred and rice is cooked.
- Remove chicken and allow to rest 5 minutes before shredding or chopping if preferred.
- Meanwhile, whisk half and half with cornstarch and add to slow cooker. Add chicken and cook on HIGH for 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Alfredo followed by cheese, stirring until melted.
- Taste and add additional salt, pepper, red pepper as desired. If you would like a less “chunky” soup, stir in additional broth/half and half.
- Garnish individual servings with freshly cheese and bacon (optional).
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