Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe

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Using only six basic ingredients that are likely already stocked in your kitchen, crafting a homemade cream of chicken soup is a breeze. This culinary adventure not only promises a delightful soup but also opens the door to a realm of perfectly paired recipes that will elevate your dining experience. 



Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

The simplicity of the ingredients belies the rich and comforting flavors that will emanate from your pot. This homemade version offers a level of control over the ingredients and seasonings that store-bought varieties can’t match.

With just a handful of kitchen staples, you’ll create a creamy, velvety base that forms the heart of countless delicious meals. And with the added bonus of discovering complementary recipes, your culinary repertoire is bound to expand, ensuring that this homemade cream of chicken soup becomes a cherished staple in your kitchen.

Say goodbye to store-bought cans, and say hello to the delightful world of homemade comfort and flavor.

It takes less than 15 minutes to make my homemade condensed cream of chicken soup recipe. All you’re going to do is melt the butter, add the flour and stir it to make a slurry, then add the remaining ingredients. Stir them constantly until thickened, which takes about 10 minutes. Then you have yourselves a big batch of cream of chicken soup. How quick and easy is that? There are so many  delicious recipes that call for cream of chicken like Creamy Ranch Chicken SkilletChicken Noodle Casserole, and Chicken Divan Casserole.

 Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Ingredients

Ingredients Needed To Make Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

  • All-purpose flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt and black pepper

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How to Make Cream of Chicken Soup From Scratch

Step-by-step cooking instructions

Melt butter in a medium saucepot over medium-low heat.

Add flour and stir until smooth. 

Add broth, milk, salt, and pepper. 

Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10 minutes).

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


How To Store Cream of Chicken Soup

Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. You can reheat it either on the stovetop or in the microwave. Because of its creamy consistency, I don’t recommend freezing condensed soup.

Recipe Notes

  • For a creamier soup, substitute the milk for evaporated milk, cream, or half-and-half. You can also use dairy-free milk too.
  • For the smoothest soup, pour it through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps.
  • Want to add a little extra seasoning and flavor to the homemade soup? Opt for about half a teaspoon each of celery salt, onion powder, dried parsley, poultry seasoning, and/or garlic powder. Add them in when you add the remaining ingredients.
  • Feel free to use gluten-free flour or whole wheat flour instead too.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is cream of chicken soup made of?

Homemade cream of chicken soup is made with flour, butter, milk, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.

How do you thicken cream of chicken soup?

If you ever need to thicken a soup, add a tablespoon of flour or cornstarch at a time, stirring constantly.

The main difference is that condensed soup is boiled down to a thick stock. So if you wanted to turn this condensed chicken soup into a cream of chicken soup to serve for supper, follow this recipe instead. You’ll need extra broth to make it thinner, plus cooked chicken, and vegetables. This particular recipe uses onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and frozen peas.

What can I use for cream of chicken?

Here are the best substitutes:

  • Other condensed soup varieties, like cream of mushroom or cream of celery.
  • Heavy cream
  • Sour cream
  • Plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
  • Chicken broth mixed solely with heavy cream or milk.

    Can you adapt this recipe to make other soups?


    How to make cream of mushroom soup

    Substitute chicken stock for beef broth and add 1/4 cup of finely diced mushrooms to the melted butter in the pan. Sauté them for 3 to 4 minutes before adding the flour and remaining ingredients and proceeding as usual.

    How to make cream of celery soup

    Substitute chicken stock for vegetable broth or keep that part as is. Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped celery to the melted butter in the pan, sautéing for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Then add the flour and remaining ingredients and proceed as usual.

    What recipes use cream of chicken soup?

    Cream of chicken soup is a very popular ingredient in Southern cooking, so y’all know I have plenty of recipes to share:

    Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

    Made with just 6 essentials you probably already have in your kitchen, let me show you how easy it is to make homemade cream of chicken soup.
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes
    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chicken
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 205kcal


    • 3 tablespoons salted butter
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 1/2 cup chicken broth
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
      3 tablespoons salted butter
    • Add flour to melted butter and stir well until no lumps remain.
      3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • Add milk, broth, salt, and pepper.
      1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup chicken broth, salt and pepper to taste
    • Continue cooking over medium-low, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10 minutes).


    Calories: 205kcal
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    1. I make bone broth from chicken bones. I’m going to try it using bone broth, maybe diluted a little. It will be extra rich in chicken flavor, I’m hoping at least.

    2. Campbell’s cream of chicken soup used to have tiny bits of finely diced chicken in it, nothing stopping one from adding a bit of chicken. I would use half and half, low sodium broth or homemade without salt because hubby is restricted on salt. I say half and half because mom used canned milk, it’s much more than carton milk, so to get the taste I use creamo or light cream even, I don’t buy milk.

    3. I have tried your cream of chicken recipe. Thank you I have use this to make many cream dishes. It is the best recipe and my family just loves everything I have use this with. I have tried many times to make a cream based dish and have failed. This is perfect thanks again Christy.

    4. Oh swell! I usually make my own cream soup, but I wing it on amounts every time. It works for me, but it’s not really a great way to teach my kids… (“Oh, just stir some of that in there until it looks right…” = Not really helpful, haha!) They’d like some actual measurements… until they get “it looks right” figured out! : ) Thanks a bunch!!!

    5. Thank for this recipe. This will be my go to for any cream sauce or soup I cook with. I never liked cream of chicken soup from the can. This will help me make recipe I have stayed away from because of the can soup. Bless you Christy for your wonderful recipe.

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