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Skip the cans and make your own cream of chicken soup. Perfect for using in recipes that call for the canned stuff, but a lot healthier and yummier.
Step by step photos and instructions below!
While I’m all about convenience and making meals fast, there are a few shortcuts that I prefer not to make if there is a better way. Using canned soups is just one thing I like to make a homemade version.
However, cutting out all the home cooked recipes that involve a can of Cream of Chicken Soup or Cream of Mushroom soup etc. would be a shame (because some of them are awesome comfort foods), especially when there is a healthier way to achieve the same result!
I make double batches of cream soup and freeze in 1.5 cup portions – so I have it on hand whenever I need it to make my favorite recipes.
Making pantry staples is one of my favorite things to do! Check above the recipe card for more ideas on what else you can make at home.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Simple ingredients! Real ingredients that you can easily find and you can pronounce.
- Easy to make. This is a great recipe that beginners can easily make on the stove top.
- Delicious. This will taste amazing in all your recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Really basic ingredients, including butter, flour, stock, milk and seasonings. You can also add some diced chicken breasts or rotisserie chicken if you are eating this plain (not using in a recipe).
Typically, basil, oregano and parsley. I use parsley, or a pinch of Italian seasoning.
It is not. It contains flour. The good news is that you are able to switch it out for the flour of your choice to make it safe for gluten-free folks.
No, it is not. It uses both butter and milk. You could use vegetable oil and a non dairy milk if you need to.
How to use homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
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I have included step by step photos and instructions, as well as tips and tricks in the post. If you’d rather skip all that, scoot right on down to the full recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
How to store
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
This can be made vegetarian by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth (do I get an award for stating the obvious or something?)
Fresh herbs can be used in placed of dried ones if you have them on hand.
How to substitute homemade soup for the canned version
To use in place as a cream of chicken soup substitute, use, half of this recipe per can of condensed cream of chicken soup needed. 1.5 cups is about the equivalent of 1 can of soup.
Cool, and freeze in 1.5 cup portions (I do this in plastic freezer bags or a freezer-safe container and freeze them flat for easier thawing)
The full list of ingredients and quantities is found in the printable recipe card below.
- Butter. I use plain salted butter in pretty much everything. I have no space for 4 different kinds of butter.
- Flour. I use plain all purpose flour. Gluten free flours can also be used.
- Chicken Stock. Make your own homemade chicken stock, or grab a carton at the store.
- Milk. Any kind of milk will work. 2% or whole work great.
- Salt & black pepper. Start with the amount in the recipe, taste and adjust.
- Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, & Parsley. You can mix these up and use other flavorings/seasonings based on what your family likes. I like a pinch of poultry seasoning in this, but Italian seasoning is awesome too.
- Wooden spoon
- Storage jars or freezer bags
How to make this recipe
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The full list of ingredients, quantities and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Combine the stock and milk, set aside.
Combine the seasonings in a small bowl, set aside
Make a roux
Melt butter in a small sauce pan, over medium-low heat. Add the flour and mix well. Allow to cook until foamy.
Add the blended stock and milk, whisking constantly.
Add the seasoning
Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley.
Cook until thickened
Turn up to a medium heat, and continue to whisk until soup thickens.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
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Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
- Combine the stock and milk, set aside.
- Combine the seasonings in a small bowl, set aside
Make a roux
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan, over medium heat.
- Add the flour and mix well. Allow to cook until foamy.
- Add the blended stock and milk, whisking constantly.
Add the seasoning
- Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley.
Cook until thickened
- Turn up the heat and continue to whisk until soup thickens.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Tips & Notes:
- Yield: Makes enough to replace 2 cans
- This can be made vegetarian by subbing chicken stock for vegetable broth
- To use in place of canned soup, use 1.5 cups of this recipe per can needed.
- To Freeze: Cool, and freeze in 1.5 cup portions (I do this in plastic freezer bags and freeze them flat for easier thawing)
Recipes written and produced on Kylee Cooks are for informational purposes only. Kylee is not a certified nutritionist. Nutritional data provided on Kylee Cooks has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration.
Update: This recipe was originally published in August of 2014. It was updated and republished in 2022.