This Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup is so quick, easy and versatile. Perfect for all of your recipes from casseroles, to soups, to stews and more! A much healthier option than store-bought canned condensed soup!
I remember enjoying the creamy home cooked casserole dishes that would be served around at family potlucks during my childhood.
However…I’m so sure that those casseroles were made with canned condensed soup. As a kid, I obviously wasn’t concerned, but now I know that canned condensed soups are filled with preservatives and additives – like gloppy MSG. No thank you…we don’t want that in our meals or our bodies.
Fortunately, there is a super simple, quick & easy homemade version for all of your delicious casserole dishes. It’s my homemade cream of chicken soup recipe and, trust me, it’s SO much more delicious than the canned variety!
Cream of Chicken Soup
Besides the fact that homemade cream of chicken soup is WAY healthier and tastier than store-bought, it’s also:
- Quick. This soup literally comes together in minutes.
- Easy. It’s such an easy recipe, and made with only a few simple REAL FOOD ingredients!
- Versatile. Use it in soups, stews, casseroles and more.
- Gluten-free friendly. Just swap the flour for gluten-free flour.
- Dairy-free friendly. Just swap the milk and butter for dairy-free options (like homemade almond milk or coconut milk).
- Freezer friendly. Freezes well, so you can make ahead for your monthly meal plans.
What is homemade cream of chicken soup made of?
- Chicken stock (here is my recipe for homemade chicken stock)
- Flour (all purpose or gluten free)
- Seasoning (salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder) OR seasoning salt
How do you make cream of chicken soup from scratch?
- Make a roux. Which means to combine melted butter with flour in a heavy bottomed stock pan.
- Cook for a minute to get rid of the raw flour taste.
- Add milk, chicken stock and seasonings. Whisk to incorporate flour into liquid. Bring to a boil and whisk well until the mixture is thick – anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes.
Use your soup from this point in any recipe, or freeze it for your make ahead meal plans.
What can I use as a substitute for cream of chicken soup?
If it happens that you cannot use cream of chicken soup, you can always substitute my cream of mushroom soup, or cream of celery soup. Of course, your recipe will be minus the chicken flavor of chicken broth, but my other homemade soup bases are also delicious and would work well in most recipes. Just remember that it will have a slightly different flavor profile.
Is there a difference between condensed soup and cream of chicken soup?
The word ‘condensed’ is used to mean a soup that is made with a minimal amount of liquid, and has a thick texture.
This recipe is rich and creamy, but isn’t really a ‘condensed’ soup like the canned version.
Can I make gluten free cream of chicken soup?
What recipes can I make with homemade cream of chicken soup?
- Soups & Stews. Slow Cooker Mexican Potato Soup – try using in lieu of chicken stock and heavy cream.
- Casseroles like Easy Green Bean Casserole.
- Pasta Bakes like my Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake.
- Plus, this soup is delicious served as a light dinner with a salad and a slice of No-Knead Overnight Artisan Bread.
More Homemade Soup Recipes
- Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
- Homemade Tortilla Soup Recipe
- Easy Minestrone Soup
- Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale
- Homemade Ramen Noodle Soup
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Cream of Chicken Soup
This homemade Cream of Chicken Soup is so quick, easy and versatile. Perfect for all of your recipes from casseroles, to soups, to stews and more! A much healthier option than store-bought canned condensed soup!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 10 oz 1x
- Category: Soup & Salad
- Method: Stovetop / whisk
- Cuisine: American
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (how to make homemade chicken stock)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- One half teaspoon salt
- One half teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
(OR 2 tsp seasoning salt rather than the above seasonings)
- Heat the butter in a heavy bottomed stock pot, over medium heat.
- Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, this removes the raw flour taste. A thick paste will form (called a Roux).
- Slowly whisk in the chicken stock. After the chicken stock is well combined in the roux, whisk in the milk, pouring slowly, and add in seasonings (or seasoned salt).
- While still on medium heat, whisk until the soup comes to a boil again, and cook until it’s thickened. This takes about 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Use your homemade cream of chicken soup from this point in any recipe, or freeze it for your make ahead meal plans.