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Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup made healthy with brown rice, cauliflower and chicken breasts in a slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Um, will you run away if I tell you this soup is made with cauliflower?! Like no flour and milk slurry to thicken the broth. A head of cauliflower. My $2.99 organic vegetable. A few month ago, while experimenting with soup recipes for my eBook, I discovered it does wonders in a crock pot. So, cauliflower, rice, 2 chicken breasts, stock, veggies and spices. Turn on and see you later.

I’m addicted to my crock pot! I love my crock pot and he loves me back. It makes me feel cozy. Did I tell you it cost me $10 at the garage sale, and it’s not stainless steel, and it has no timer?! And then I own this $10 no name immersion blender. It’s black though. I puree my cauliflower right in a crock pot and magic like this happens.

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup made healthy with brown rice, cauliflower and chicken breasts in a slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

2 appliances I can’t live without: coffee maker and crock pot. And my coffee maker is like the cheapest $20 machine from Target. And it’s black. It’s what goes inside the coffee maker matters. And I’m so into organic medium roast coffee and am so not friends with Folgers.

Alex always tells me I need to buy a gas stove, Vitamix, granite countertops, stainless steel crock pot, Underarmour workout gear. Just buy something, woman! Any woman’s dream man, huh?!

Ok, chicken, rice and mushroom soup. Thick, creamy & cozy winter soup. The soup your kids won’t know they are eating veggies, same as with slow cooker butternut squash soup. Creamy, thick & rich, with sweet shreds of chicken and chewy pieces of wild mushrooms. L.o.v.e.

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup made healthy with brown rice, cauliflower and chicken breasts in a slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Mushrooms… We are friends. As a kid, me and mom used to pick mushrooms every Fall. With a paring knife, a bucket and wooden stick off we went. So much fun, mom! They would typically make their way into a bean mushroom soup.

Wild mushrooms are full of flavour, waaaaay more than regular white mushrooms. Feel free to use whites. Just make sure to saute prior to throwing in the crock pot. Helps to release flavours, always. A step above would be to use fresh brown mushrooms. You can also pick up dried shiitake mushrooms in Asian aisle of your supermarket.

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup made healthy with brown rice, cauliflower and chicken breasts in a slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Before creating a delicious mess with an immersion blender, I recommend scooping out some of the veggies and rice to make the soup chunky. Just return them to crock pot after done blending. Removing and shredding the chicken is a must. Otherwise you will end up with baby food soup.

Looking for other chicken and rice soup ideas? Try beef and bean soup with wild rice and quinoa and chicken soup with lime and jalapeños.

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Soup made healthy with brown rice, cauliflower and chicken breasts in a slow cooker. | ifoodreal.com

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice & Mushroom Soup

Crock Pot Chicken, Rice & Mushroom Soup


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried or 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cauliflower head, separated into large florets
  • 3/4 cup brown rice (I used basmati), uncooked
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, dry
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 - 1.25 lb chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 7 cups chicken broth, low sodium


  1. In a small skillet, on medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, onion, celery and, if using, fresh mushrooms (dried mushrooms do not need sautéing or soaking). Saute until onions are translucent. Transfer to a large crockpot.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, cover and cook on Low for 7-8 hours or on High for 4 hours.
  3. Discard bay leaves. Using an immersion blender puree big chunks of cauliflower or until desired consistency. For a chunkier soup, remove some rice and veggies before pureeing.
  4. Remove chicken, shred with 2 forks, return to slow cooker. Serve warm.
  5. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1.5 cup:
Calories: 286.6
Total Fat: 5.6 g
Cholesterol: 41.2 mg
Sodium: 459.6 mg
Total Carbs: 30.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
Protein: 26.0 g
WW Points+: 7

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  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I’ve never tried cauliflower in the slow cooker before! Looks like it works so well! I’d obviously substitute the chicken in this with something else, being veggie and all, but I’ll definitely try cauliflower in the future to thicken a soup! Great idea Olena!

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Works like a charm. Can’t even taste it. Just omit chicken or substitute with beans or tofu.:)

      • OregonGreg

        Looks great. Now that the weather is cold and wet, I am firing up the soups! BTW you mentioned your coffee maker. Do yourself a flavor, pick up a French Press (I have several from 2nd hand places.) You may be pleasantly surprised with the new depth of flavor you expeariance from the same coffee beans. (I use Organic Sumatra Dark Roast..)

        • Olena

          Really?!I have a French Press but my husband uses it for tea at work. I will tell him to try it for coffee because I quit drinking coffee a few months ago. We use quality organic coffee too. Wow, I’m excited now. Thank you! I’m into soups right now as well.

  2. Connie the Cookie Monster

    hello fellow vancouverite blogger! Youre the 2nd vancouver food blogger that I know of, there needs to be more of us!

    ive been looking around for beautiful wooden boards to take pictures of my food on. Where, may i ask, did you find the boards that are in the first picture? if it is your table im gonna laugh ahaha

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hey:) It’s a reclaimed wood board that I bought from the company that sells reclaimed wood. Google one near you. Good luck blogging and your courses.:) Stop by.

  3. Renay

    I love all of your soup recipes! I am always looking for recipes that are gluten free. Wondering if these recipes can be made without a crock pot??

    • Olena

      Awe, thank you. I love soups! Yes, technically, just follow the recipe steps and look for when inredients are ready.



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