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September 16, 2014
Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (And How to Sub in Recipes)
by Melanie Gunnell

Today, on this glorious Tuesday, we are bypassing gourmet and going for functional. Trust me, it will be worth delaying a recipe for triple chocolate truffle cake (yep, that happened in my kitchen yesterday) for now. Promise, promise, promise.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of love-or-hate-condensed-soups, it never hurts to have a homemade version waiting in the wings for when you need it. After getting the seasonings and final amount just right (I was really after getting a nearly exact equivalent for one can of soup so that it can be substituted easily), it’s finally time to share.

This recipe couldn’t be simpler — a handful of flavorful herbs, a bit of broth and milk and flour, five minutes of vigorous whisking (come on, I know you can do it) and you’re done. Simple, wholesome, pronounceable.

How to Substitute in Other Recipes:

  1. Simply make the recipe below (doubling or even tripling as needed).

  2. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to a week (you can also freeze the stuff if you don’t mind it being just very slightly grainy after defrosting, which doesn’t bother us but is only a fair heads up).

  3. Measure out the equivalent called for in the recipe and use accordingly. Story Problem Solution: If a recipe calls for 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup and let’s say you’ve made a double batch of this, simply measure out 1 1/3 cups (the same as the 10.75 ounce cans of soup) and use it accordingly.

Of course if the recipe only calls for 1 can and you made the exact recipe below, well, then, no story problem needed. It’s a one-for-one and couldn’t be easier.

Of course, I haven’t tried subbing this homemade version for every.single.recipe in the live long land that calls for cream of chicken soup so I can’t guarantee results 100% of the time (i.e. this is a disclaimer in case anyone decides to sue me) but generally speaking, this recipe has your back when it comes to subbing in a homemade version of cream of chicken soup.

In my quest to rid my pantry of processed foods and rely more on homemade foods, this cream of chicken soup recipe is a lifesaver. Can’t wait to share more recipes this week that use it for a unique and modern take on cass-cass-casseroles!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
Yield: Makes the equivalent of 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup (about 1 1/3 cups)

This homemade cream of chicken soup is going to be as flavorful as the broth you use so make sure it's a brand you like (or use homemade if you have it). I've made this several times using the organic chicken soup base (kind of like bouillon but in a paste form that stays refrigerated) and I like to use about 1 heaping teaspoon chicken base for the 3/4 cup water amount.

For the 1/8 teaspoon amounts on the seasonings — go ahead and add more if you like (or use a heaping 1/8 teaspoon), it really is adaptable to taste. Also, when I haven't had poultry seasoning on hand, I omit it and throw in a pinch each of ground sage, marjoram, and ground thyme.

This recipe can be increased as needed. It makes the equivalent of one can of cream of chicken soup so if you need two cans, just go ahead and double. And if you really want to get wild and crazy, you can stir in some finely chopped cooked chicken in at the end to give it the texture you know and love.


  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning (see note)

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste if needed

  • Pinch of dried parsley

  • Pinch of paprika

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the broth and all the seasonings to a simmer.

  2. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, vigorously whisk the milk and flour together until smooth.

  3. While whisking the broth, slowly pour in the flour/milk mixture, whisking constantly.

  4. Continue to stir and cook until the mixture bubbles and thickens, 3-4 minutes.

  5. Remove from the heat and add additional salt and pepper to taste as needed. Use immediately in a recipe or cool and refrigerate for up to a week. This will thicken much more as it cools.

Recipe Source: adapted from several sources and tweaked to my liking (including making just a one can equivalent) including here and here 

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About Melanie Gunnell

Melanie Gunnell is a food-loving, chocolate-obsessed mom who has a desperate need to share her favorite tried-and-true recipes with the world. In a past life she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health, but for the past ten years, stay-at-home motherhood has been her job along with blogging-from-home for the past five.

She resides in the brilliantly cold tundra of Northern Minnesota with her husband and their brood of five children: four boys and one tiny, bossy girl. Dark chocolate (particularly the act of shoving chocolate chips in her mouth whilst hiding in the pantry) is her coping skill of choice for both the never-ending winters and the never-ending wrestling matches in her front room.


Calling(s): Primary pianist, CTR 6/7 Primary teacher, Activity Day leader

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