I love nothing more than a comforting soup, especially when snow is falling outside. I’m also all about cooking with simplicity. As a busy mother of two—and with one on the way—I need recipes to be quick, easy and delicious. (Like these kid-friendly meals that aren’t even chicken nuggets.)
Now, what comes to mind when you think of cream of chicken soup? Is it a can of glop? What if I told you that this substitute for cream of chicken soup will change your life? You can whip it up in 30 minutes, including prep. It’s true!
Let’s Talk Ingredients
You will need:
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (Use rotisserie chicken!)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese (This is the trick!)
How to Make the Best Cream of Chicken Soup
Step 1: Get out your favorite large saucepan and heat the butter on medium heat, then toss in the onion and sauté. Now add your broth, carrots and potatoes. Hike up the heat and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until veggies are tender. The beauty of this stage is that you can leave it to simmer while you go break up the fight over Legos in the next room!
Step 2: Now you’re going to add the chicken, parsley, salt and pepper until heated through.
Step 3: OK, here’s where the real magic happens. In a bowl, whisk the flour and milk until smooth, then stir it into your pan of vegetables. Bring the mixture to a boil, cook and stir for about 2 minutes (until soup has thickened). Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the entire block of cream cheese. Stir until melted and heated through. Ladle into eight of your favorite soup bowls—or save some for later—and sprinkle on any fresh herbs you like.
You can pair this substitute for canned cream of chicken soup with a loaf of crusty French bread. This recipe is truly love at first spoonful (even for the pickiest of eaters) and will be your homemade go-to.