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Easy Cheater Wild Rice & Leftover Turkey/Chicken Recipe Instant Pot

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Mom to a 13, 11, and 5-year-old - as well as a k-8 educator. I spend all day with kids!

Instant Pot Soup


Easy Recipe for Leftovers

This is a great recipe for leftover cooker chicken or turkey. i made a turkey breast for a Thanksgiving meal and had about half the breast left. I slides it up and chopped it into pieces and threw it in the pot for the soup. I spent maybe 5 minutes in the kitchen before and after it was cooked while I was working from home (Welcome to 2020).

Who doesn't need a good easy recipe to warm you up!


Dump into Instant Pot:

  • Leftover Turkey, chopped
  • 1 box rice a roni long grain & wild rice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • salt
  • pepper

After Cooking:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbs cornstarch

Alternate Ingredients:

  • leftover chicken, replaces turkey
  • milk, replaces heavy cream
  • evaporated milk, replaces heavy cream
  • frozen mixed veggies, easily replacement for chopping

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

6 -8 servings depending on the amount of meat/veg


  1. Turn the Instant pot to Saute. Saute onion and carrots for about 3-4 minutes as you prep the rest of your ingredients
  2. Pour in broth and water into the instant pot over the vegtables.
  3. Add turkey or chicken, make sure it is cooked and chopped.
  4. Add the rice from the box mix to the instant pot. Stir
  5. Add the seasoning packet from the box mix. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Turn off Saute and put lid on the instant pot. Make sure it is sealed. Set the instant pot for 3 minutes on manual
  7. After IP finished let natural release (don't do anything) for about 5 minutes. Then release the rest of the steam.
  8. Scoop out about 1/4 cup broth from the pot and mix it with the constrach. Add more cornstarch or broth until you get a good glue like consistency.
  9. Add the 1/2 cup cream. and stir as you are adding.
  10. Add the cornstarch slurry to the soup. Stir and let sit for a minute or two.
  11. Finished! Enjoy your soup

Could you use raw meat?

Yes - Cook in IP for 8 minutes instead of 3 if using raw chicken or turkey pieces. Make sure that they are cubed and not a whole breast.

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A quick easy meal

I made this today and used frozen vegetables - I don't like peas or greens beans but had an open bag of mixed veggies in the freezer so I picked out the green and added the corn and carrots to my soup today. Don't tell me husband he will make fun of my for not eating green.

I also didn't have cream but I had half a can of evaporated milk leftover from making pumpkin pie so I used that today instead. Any milk based item will work to create this cream soup. I have used half and half and milk before because I just use whatever is already in my fridge.

This also gave me a chance to use my new electric salt and pepper shakers. My kids were very confused with the noises coming from the kitchen. I mena I wasn't swearing at the former broken pepper grinder that kept pinching my hand.

I make a lot of different soups and meals with my instant pot but more times than not I am winging my recipes base don years of cooking experience. I am in no way a trained chef other than my grandma having a degree in culinary arts and my other grandma owning a restaurant therefore both of my parents are amazing at cooking and whipping up great meals with little ingredients and rarely a recipe. My husband gained 20 (well needed) pounds after we got married simply because I like to cook good meals. After 18 years of marriage he rarely complains but every once in while a non recipe does go terrible arry - pizza takeout sometimes has to happen.

I didn't have a good crusting bread to enjoy with it which was mildly disappointing. A good warm crusty bread makes this soup perfection. Think Panera soup lunch. I miss my weekly trips to Panera for lunch.

Everyone always wonder why there are all these ramblings as part of recipes because you have to have a minimum word count in order to publish, I know everyone just wants to see the recipe so I try to keep my recipes towards the top and the ramblings towards the bottom. So feel free to ignore my ramblings as I try to reach the 750 minimum word count when all you really want is the recipe.

Cheater Ingredient

Rice A Roni


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Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2020:

I do not have an instant pot, but I do like making many different kinds of soup. Often they are by guess and by gosh, depending on what I have on hand. By the way, recipes do not have to hit that 750-word count, at least, that is my experience. Your recipe sounds like a winner!

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