Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by Foodtastic Mom

And so right from a summer harvest veggie creation, I give you a slow cooker, cold weather soup. It’s a side-effect of living in Ohio all my life. Don’t like the weather? Just wait 10 minutes. Although I’m most definitely not complaining about the unseasonable coolness here this week. I really lucked out with the timing of making this soup to post because we seriously ate it for dinner on our patio. It had dipped below 70 degrees by then. At the end of July! I will never complain about cooler temps, especially in the evening, in what is supposed to be the heat of summer. It was a perfect night.

This soup is pretty perfect too. I decided I was in the mood for beer cheese soup, but the problem with most beer cheese soup is it’s beer… and cheese. And not much else. So I decided to do a mash-up recipe to combine it with chicken and wild rice soup. And since it is still the middle of summer, I didn’t want to stand over a stove to make it, so the slow cooker does ALL the work. So simple and we all devoured it. Our kids had second and third helpings!

Now if you are truly concerned about cooking with beer in a meal you will be serving to your children (a valid point) you can read up more on this excellent article HERE.  Bottom line is that according to the US Department of Agriculture, a stew containing beer and cooked in the slow-cooker for 2.5 hours will ultimately have 0.0025 percent alcohol left in it. Since this soup cooks on low for 8 hours or high for 5, we’re all still being responsible parents here. 

Anyway this soup will most definitely be making repeat performances at our dinner table this fall. It is really that good and the best part is it took less than 30 minutes for me to prep all the ingredients, toss them in and turn on the slow cooker. I just love dinner recipes like this! 

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Chicken and Wild Rice Soup by Foodtastic Mom

Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Author: Foodtastic Mom
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Serves: 8
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 c. wild rice (or rice blend), rinsed and drained
  • 8 c. chicken stock
  • 1 (12 oz.) beer – good quality wheat or pilsner style
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • 1/2 t. smoked paprika
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • fresh parsley to serve
  1. Place all ingredients except for cheese and parsley (so onion through paprika) into the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.
  2. During the final hour of cooking stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cheeses are completely melted into the soup. Serve soup topped with fresh chopped parsley.
I used Rice Select royal rice blend in this recipe. A blend of white, brown, wild and red rice.


  • fakeginger

    It’s in the 50s here today so I am definitely craving something warm and comforting. This looks delicious!

    • foodtasticmom

      Thank you. I hope you try it!

  • Gorgeous photos Jill! We’ve had crazy cool weather too (I am not complaining 🙂 ) but it has been soup weather and so I made a pot last night. It felt so strange in July! This soup looks so creamy and comforting. Thumbs up!

    • foodtasticmom

      Thanks so much Mary Frances! Your comments put a smile on my face today 🙂

  • Karly Campbell

    Incredibly delicious! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

    • foodtasticmom

      Thanks so much Karly! I’m always happy to link up at your party 🙂

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh creamy delicious!!!

    • It’s a good one!

    • foodtasticmom

      Zainab, did you get my original reply to this comment back when I sent it, or are you just now getting this one? I seem to be having an issue lately with my replies. Thanks for letting me know!

      • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

        I’m only getting this one!

  • I’ve had this open for two days and I got sidetracked! I love soups like this though…we’ll definitely be making this in the fall when the sports season gets started. Soups and paninis are a mainstay for us then! It looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful. Pinning and stumbling!

    • Thanks so much Michelle. I love comments 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love this soup… let me know after you try it!

    • foodtasticmom

      Michelle I seem to be having trouble with my replies lately. I replied to this comment back when you posted it. Can you let me know if you got that, or of you are just now getting this one? Thanks!

      • I don’t remember seeing a reply before! But I am most definitely looking forward to making this!

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  • Mila Furman

    This is sooo right up my alley! Especially since I was sick! Definitely looking forward to making it real soon! And I even included it in my foodie fridays round up! Thanks for joining!

    • Thanks very much Mila, I appreciate it!

    • foodtasticmom

      Thanks Mila! Have you tried it yet?

  • Sara

    Just wondering… do you need to cook the rice prior to? or do you put the rice in uncooked?

    • foodtasticmom

      You just put the rice in uncooked Sara. It is in the slow cooker long enough to get done. Good question!

  • This soup looks so tasty! Once it’s starts cooling down where I live this will definitely be on my list of things to make! Thanks for the recipe!

    • foodtasticmom

      You are welcome and sorry for the late reply 🙂 Have you tried it yet?

  • Lindsay

    This looks so good! Do you know if it could cook longer in crockpot…up to 10 hours? I’d like to start it before work.

    • foodtasticmom

      Thanks Lindsay. I think it would be OK, just make sure and use slow-cooking wild rice, not a rice blend. The first time I made it, I used a rice blend that was actually meant to be quick-cooking and it was mostly mush by the end. Still tasted good, but I had to add in some cooked rice afterwards. Regular wild rice takes a long time to cook and it generally holds its shape, so it should be fine for up to 10 hours. Let me know how it turns out!

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  • Ann

    just put in the crock pot now! can’t wait to try it!!

    • foodtasticmom

      Hope you enjoyed this soup Ann!

  • LynnR

    Just wonderful! I used Lundberg Wild Blend rice and it was perfect.

    • foodtasticmom

      Awesome – so glad you liked it!