Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

CATEGORIES: Kate, Soups and Stews

Okay, so…over the last year-and-a-half, Sara and I have posted nearly 300 recipes. 300. And not a single one of them contains cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of ANYTHING soup. It’s kind of something we’ve prided ourselves on, not because we’re gigantic food snobs or anything, but mostly because a lot of stereotypical Mom/home cook recipes have cream of _________ as their backbone and we wanted to show people that you can still cook amazing, easy, home-cooked meals without condensed soup, using this homemade cream of chicken soup!

The problem is that we have recipes that we like that do call for creamy condensed soups. And, let’s face it, those soups aren’t exactly tasty–when was the last time you popped open a can of cream of mushroom from the red and white can, mixed it with some milk, and heated it up? I tried it once when I was in high school and…never again.
I found this recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup awhile back and I love that it’s distinctly chicken-y. It’s kind of like a creamy chicken gravy, something you can make as thick or as thin as you want or need for your recipe. While not as completely footloose and fancy free as a can of Campbell’s, it’s super easy and actually tastes good rather than some kind of pasty filler.
You’ll need milk, chicken broth, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, parsley, poultry seasoning, kosher salt, and flour.

In medium-sized saucepan, bring chicken broth, seasonings, and 1/2 c. of the milk to a boil. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour.


Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens, then cook until desired consistency is reached, keeping in mind that it will continue to thicken as it stands.

Makes the equivalent of 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup.

Try it in some of these classic recipes!
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Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup in a bowl

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


Description

This homemade cream of chicken soup is the perfect alternative to condensed cream soups. This recipe is the equivalent of about 2 cans of soup.


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less; taste to test)
1/4 teaspoon parsley
dash of paprika
1 1/2 cups milk, divided
3/4 cup flour

Instructions

In medium-sized saucepan, bring chicken broth, seasonings, and 1/2 c. of the milk to a boil. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 cup of milk and flour.

Add to boiling mixture and continue whisking briskly until mixture boils and thickens. Cook until desired consistency is reached, keeping in mind that it will continue to thicken as it stands.


Notes

Makes the equivalent of about 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup.

61 comments

  1. This is fantastic! Maybe you can make one up for cream of celery? I do not like using those soups either but there is one recipe that my bf's mom makes that he loves (it is very tasty) and it used that soup. I'd love to learn how to make it from scratch. I feel awful every time I open that can. lol

  2. Mmm… I also love canned cream soups, as well as the tomato soup. AND recipes using them! But nothing beats a good homemade soup, especially with fresh bread on cool days. That being said, I love the idea of making your own, freezing it and then popping it into a recipe! Fun and CHEAP! Sounds good to me 🙂

  3. For the record, I love me some cream of mushroom soup from the people in the red can! 🙂 I grew up on it and sometimes warm up a can for dinner—I know, I know. I will be trying your recipe though. It looks delicious!

  4. Very cool! I don't like using the canned stuff either…and I've tried one different recipe, but I'll definitely have to try this one too!

  5. I was going to ask if you can freeze this but I see Joy said that she does……thanks Joy! lol

    I cant wait to try this. We dont use Cream of soups because they make me ill…literally.

  6. Thanks for this recipe! I had no idea it was possible to make homemade cream of chicken soup. I've always been using the canned stuff. Not anymore thanks to this post 🙂

  7. Thank you! I already have a freezer stocked with homemade cream of mushroom but I've been saying for MONTHS that I need a cream of chicken recipe! I love to dump it in the crock pot with some boneless pork chops & some Ranch seasoning.

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