How to Make Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
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Don’t have a can of cream of chicken soup on hand?
If you’re following a recipe that calls for cream of chicken soup, yet there isn’t one in your pantry – no worries! You can easily make your own homemade version of canned soup by creating a thickened roux from butter, flour, chicken broth, cream, and a few spices. This cooking tip will save ya a trip to the store, and it’s EASIER than you’d expect and healthier, too.
The result is a creamy flavorful from-scratch version of a condensed can of cream of chicken soup to use in your favorite comforting recipes!
Here’s a 10-minute kitchen hack that works perfectly!
I tested it out recently when I wanted to make my favorite 5 ingredient chicken pot pie recipe and realized my store didn’t have any condensed cream of chicken soup. I then went to work coming up with a substitution… and guess what?! My chicken pot pie came out perfect!
I’m excited to share this easy stove-top method with you!
A few tips to keep in mind when making cream of chicken soup:
- I was surprised at how well it thickens up after simmering and whisking on the stove, but if yours is still not getting thick enough, whisk in a little additional all-purpose flour.
- Want to make cream of mushroom soup instead? Add 1/2 a cup of finely chopped cooked mushrooms to this base. You could also instead add 1/2 a cup of chopped cooked celery for cream of celery condensed soup.
Cream of Chicken Soup
prep time: 5 MINUTES
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 15 MINUTES
Here's a creamy flavorful substitute for a can of condensed cream of chicken soup in recipes.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
Now you have a batch of homemade cream of chicken condensed soup!
I also love this idea for another reason. You can customize the seasonings and make it your own. Sometimes I feel like the cans can be super salty, and making it at home allows you to customize that part.
Speaking of cans, I’ve noticed EASY Instant Pot recipes popping up on the back of Cambell’s soup cans recently, and those are the kind I especially like! I noticed this yummy-sounding Instant Pot Chicken and Rice one while photographing it.
I think I’ll try it for dinner soon using my homemade version of condensed soup! Yum!
Here’s what my Hip Sidekick Jenna had to say after making this recipe:
“So fun and so easy to make! I know there’ve been a few times where I went to make a recipe that called for a can of cream of chicken soup and I was out. It never once occurred to me that I could make it on my own. I love the flavor of this! The celery salt really put it over the top for the perfect flavor. This was such an easy process and it really works!”