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Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
Elevate your comfort food game with this homemade version of condensed cream of chicken soup. Free from preservatives and packed with savory goodness, this versatile soup is perfect for casseroles, soups, or enjoyed on its own.

Updated: Jun. 12, 2024

If you’re looking for a comforting and versatile addition to your culinary repertoire, this cream of chicken soup is a must-try. This rich and creamy soup recipe offers a smooth texture and savory flavor that surpasses any store-bought canned version. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, it’s free from preservatives and artificial additives, ensuring a healthier choice for your family. This homemade version not only tastes better but also allows you to control the salt content and customize the flavors to your liking.

Condensed cream of chicken soup recipe is a timeless pantry staple you can make at home that adds an extra layer of deliciousness to your favorite recipes. 

Ingredients for Cream of Chicken Soup

  • Butter and flour: These ingredients form a roux, a base of cooked fat and flour used to thicken milk into a creamy sauce.
  • Chicken broth: You can use chicken broth or stock for this soup base. Chicken or vegetable bouillon mixed with water also works.
  • Milk: The choice of milk impacts the soup’s richness. While this recipe calls for 2% milk, you can opt for whole milk or half-and-half for a more indulgent texture.
  • Seasonings: Salt, garlic powder, and pepper add a simple layer of flavor to this recipe. 

Directions    

Step 1:  Make the soup

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the broth and milk until blended.

Stir in salt, garlic powder, and pepper and bring the soup to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, for one to two minutes. 

Editor’s Tip: Stir this mixture into recipes that call for one can of condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted.

Recipe Variations

  • Add herbs: Sprinkle in fresh or dried herbs like thyme, rosemary, parsley, or dill to the soup for an aromatic twist. These herbs complement the chicken flavor beautifully.
  • Spicy it up: Add a dash of cayenne pepper, paprika, or a splash of hot sauce to give the soup a spicy edge. 
  • Try some veggies: Incorporate finely chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery, or mushrooms to add texture and nutritional value. 

How do you store cream of chicken soup?

You can store your homemade cream of chicken soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it. Just be sure to prepare the recipe within three to five days so the condensed soup doesn’t spoil.

Can you freeze cream of chicken soup?

Homemade cream of chicken soup freezes well and can be kept for up to four months. Thaw it overnight and reheat it gently on the stovetop. The milk may separate upon reheating, but it comes together when whisked firmly with a wire whisk.

Cream of Chicken Soup Tips

How do you use cream of chicken soup?

This recipe replaces one can of store-bought soup in your favorite recipe with condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted. Use it in any recipe that calls for a can, such as chicken cordon bleu bake, chicken noodle casserole or other casseroles with condensed soup.

How do you make homemade condensed cream of chicken soup dairy-free? 

Creating a dairy-free cream of chicken soup is easy with a few simple swaps. Start by making a roux with dairy-free butter, ghee, or olive oil, and flour then whisk in chicken broth and substitute the milk or cream with coconut milk, almond milk, or any other plant-based milk until thickened. This version offers the same creamy texture and savory flavor as the traditional recipe, making it a perfect, customizable alternative to store-bought options for those with dairy sensitivities. 

How do you make homemade condensed cream of chicken soup thicker or thinner?

For a thicker, creamier soup,  simmer the soup uncovered to thicken it by allowing excess liquid to evaporate, or add a thickening agent like a cornstarch slurry. To thin the soup, gradually add chicken broth, water, or cream while stirring until you achieve the desired consistency.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Prep Time 15 min
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in broth and milk until blended. Stir in salt, garlic powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir this mixture into recipes that call for 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 208 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 661mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

This isn't intended to be eaten like a traditional soup, but used in recipes that call for undiluted cream soup. If you are looking for a replacement for canned condensed cream of chicken soup, make this and add it to the recipe. —Emma Wick, Miami, Florida
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