Asian Chicken, Shrimp & Wild Rice Soup

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Serves: 8

In the time the wild rice takes to cook, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients for this brightly flavoured chicken soup. When the rice is ready, the soup can move from stove to bowl almost instantly. All the individual flavours shine as a whole in this Asian-inspired soup.


2 tbsp (30 mL) cilantro, fresh, minced
1/2 lb (0.3 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), diced
1/2 cup (125 mL) wild rice, dry
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) ginger, minced
8 cups (2 L) low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes
2 tbsp (30 mL) low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
3 cups (750 mL) baby spinach
1 lb (0.5 kg) shrimp, large, raw, peeled
1 tsp (5 mL) sesame oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) green onion(s), sliced


1 Cook wild rice according to package directions, about 45 minutes.
2 Heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add diced chicken, minced ginger root, garlic, lemon peel and hot pepper flakes. Sauté gently until very fragrant and the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
3 Pour in chicken broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
4 Add shrimp. Bring to a boil and simmer until shrimp are cooked. Add spinach and sesame oil. Remove from heat so you don't overcook the shrimp and spinach. Taste and adjust seasonings.
5 Serve with rice, sliced green onions and minced cilantro.