(Condensed) Homemade Cream Of Chicken Soup

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You will not believe how easy it is to make this condensed homemade cream of chicken soup recipe! Perfect for soups and casseroles, and easy to customize for different diets.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

Oh yes.  You read that title right.  We’re going retro today and talking about one of the staples of my childhood — condensed soups.

Of course, the main reason that most families had (and still have) condensed soups sitting in their pantry is to use them for the other staple of my childhood — casseroles.  (So. Many. Casseroles.)

But our family actually bought condensed cream of chicken soup to turn it into its original namesake — a nice hot bowl of cream of chicken soup!  And oh boy, did I love that soup.  My sister and I would be stoked when we arrived home from school and saw that familiar can sitting out on the stove for dinner that night.  And then once I learned how easy it was to whisk together the can of mysterious molded glop with a can of milk and — poof! — magically make soup?  Oh yeah.  You’d better believe that this soup was on regular rotation in my dorm room when I first learned how to cook.

But sadly, you know where this is going…

Tons of preservatives.  Ingredients you can’t pronounce.  Processed everything.  I know, modernity is a bummer.

Because of such, I sadly haven’t bought a can of condensed soup in years.  But when my neighbor Christine brought over a box of canned goods from her pantry the day before she moved, the ol’ craving returned as soon as I saw those familiar red and white cans.  And then I desperately wanted soup.  And then I wanted casserole.  And then I began wondering if I could just make the darn stuff homemade.  And as it turns out…you can!

Seriously friends, we should have been doing this from the start.  Homemade condensed soups are ridiculously easy.  Let me show you.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

As I imagined, all that you really need to make condensed homemade cream of chicken soup are four main ingredients: chicken stock, milk (you can use any kind), thickener (flour), and a few seasonings.  Oh, and if you want to be like the original, you can also add in some diced cooked chicken.  That used to be my favorite part of the soup, back in the day.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

In order to thicken the soup, some recipes have you make a roux with flour and butter/oil.  Then others have you just cook the flour right in there with the liquids.  I made a few test batches of each, and the second method is arguably the easiest (and is pictured below), but you can go with whatever sounds best to you.

The great news is that you can customize these main ingredients however you’d like:

  • Chicken Stock: If you make homemade stock, then you really win the gold star for this one.  I was in a hurry so I went with Trader Joe’s organic stock, which I love.
  • Milk: I went with 2% milk, but you can literally sub in just about any kind of milk in this recipe.
  • Flour: Feel free to also experiment with flours.  I just went with all-purpose flour this time, but have read success stories with whole-wheat and gluten-free varitities
  • Seasonings: I kept mine fairly simple, since the stock is already pretty well-seasoned.  I do like mine a little more on the salty side, since this recipe is meant to be condensed, but feel free to omit the salt and/or use a reduced-sodium chicken stock if desired.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

So to make the soup, go ahead and whisk together your milk and flour until the flour is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.

Then bring your stock to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

Slowly add in the milk mixture, whisking to combine.  Then whisk in your seasonings, and let the mixture come to a very low boil for about 3 minutes or until it has thickened.

Stir in the chicken, if you’d like.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

And then your condensed soup is ready to go!  It will definitely thicken up even more as it cools and returns to room temperature.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then either go ahead and use it for a recipe, or store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  It should keep for up to 1 week.

I used mine to make my favorite — some actual cream of chicken soup — although in my wise old age, I decided to take an extra 10 minutes to add in some extra carrots, onion, celery and chicken.  And oh boy, it was like I was 10-years-old again.  This totally hit the spot!!!  Recipe coming on the blog tomorrow.  And also stay tuned for a condensed cream of mushroom soup recipe and even a casserole or two coming soon.

Once I start with the condensed soups, apparently I can’t stop.  Enjoy!

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

(Condensed) Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

This condensed homemade cream of chicken soup recipe is simple to make, easy to customize, and even tastier than the original canned version!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. celery seed (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup finely diced cooked chicken

Directions:

Add chicken stock to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and flour until the flour is dissolved.

Slowly pour the milk mixture into the boiling chicken stock, whisking to combine. Whisk in remaining seasonings. Reduce heat to medium, and bring the mixture back to a very low boil, stirring constantly so that the bottom of the pan does not burn. Let the mixture boil for about 3 minutes or until thickened. Then stir in the chicken (if using), and remove pan from the heat.

Either use the condensed soup in a recipe immediately, or transfer it to airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*This recipe is NOT meant to be consumed as-is. It is a concentrated soup, which means that it either needs to be diluted to be eaten as a soup, or mixed into a recipe that calls for condensed soup. :)

*I also made a double batch for the photos.

ALTERNATE RECIPE USING A ROUX:

Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until melted. Add 2 Tbsp. flour, and stir until combined. Let the mixture cook for 2 minutes, or until the flour is cooked and slightly toasted. Then gradually whisk in your stock until the mixture is completely smooth. Stir in the milk and seasonings. (Using the same measurements of stock, milk, seasonings as above.) Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened.

Either use the condensed soup in a recipe immediately, or transfer it to airtight containers and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Edited: There are already lots of comments about canning and/or freezing this condensed soup.  I do not recommend canning it because of the milk/dairy.  I have heard from readers who have tried freezing the condensed soup that it works, though.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup -- perfect for soups and casseroles and SO easy to make homemade! | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. OldMyke — December 23, 2015 @ 10:52 am (#)

    I can’t believe nobody here said anything about good old Chicken Continental which my wife first made for me in the 60’s. Chicken pieces quick fried and nestled in minute rice and cream of chix soup and baked until the rice starts to crust. I was revising my original family cookbook from the 80’s to cut down amounts for us empty nesters and decided to see what I could do instead of using canned soup. Came across this site and started reading. Yum….. I will do a mod for just enough soup for what I need, although after reading all of it, I admit I’m drooling. Thank you all.,,,,,,, ps, don’t non flour thickeners (tapioca etc.) make translucent sauces that tend to break when you freeze them (eg. Chinese)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy this, and thanks for sharing your tip! :)

  2. Gracie — January 9, 2016 @ 8:42 am (#)

    I’ve been looking for an easy recipe for a cream base for soups (particularly potato soup). I cannot wait to try this!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 11th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

      Thanks Gracie, we hope you enjoy it! :)

  3. Alison Stukkie — January 14, 2016 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    How shall I incorporate carrots & celery? Also how much does one recipe yield? You mentioned the pics were a double recipe? Also, can this be frozen?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 16th, 2016 @ 10:02 am

      Hi Alison! This recipe is not meant to be consumed as-is. It is a concentrated soup, which means that it either needs to be diluted to be eaten as a soup, or mixed into a recipe that calls for condensed soup. So we would add carrots and celery to whichever soup recipe you want to add it to. Or, you could just dice your celery and carrots, sauté them, and then add them when you add your chicken. This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups, or the equivalent of two 10-oz cans of condensed soup. Because of the dairy, we would not freeze this unless you incorporate it into a soup – otherwise, it will separate. We hope all of this is helpful!

  4. KirstenNB — January 18, 2016 @ 6:34 pm (#)

    Great recipe! 
     I used your recipe for condensed soup for the 10th or so time tonight for dinner (plus a double batch of mushroom for stroganoff later in the week). I have made both the chicken and mushroom from your blog and Love them both.  
    My husband always fights to eat the (condensed!) mushroom soup straight off the stove.  If making ahead of time, I have to hide it from him or else he will eat it for a snack.  
    I saw in a previous comment that someone asked how to include celery and carrots.  While I haven’t tried those veggies, I do add onions to the mushroom soup for added flavor.  Before boiling the stock, I take a few extra minutes to chop up an onion and the mushrooms, then toss them in a pan with a little butter.  You can add that directly to the soup after the flour/milk mixture. But, if time permits, and if I am using the soup for something that I don’t want to be chunky, I will put the onion/mushroom combo into the Ninja blender with a little chicken stock, give it a whirl, then add the purée to the soup.  I’m sure that you can do this with any veggie… But I’d probably not purée every veggie! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 18th, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

      Hi Kirsten! We’re so happy you like this recipe, and we think that’s too funny about your husband sneaking bites straight from the stove! :D Thanks for sharing all of this with us! :)

  5. Rev. Emily Blue — January 26, 2016 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    Is there anyway to do this without flour?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 27th, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

      The flour is used as a thickener, but you might try cornstarch or arrowroot powder (we just haven’t tried either of those ourselves). We hope that helps!

  6. Margo D. — March 4, 2016 @ 12:05 pm (#)

    Hayley, with regard to your 16 January 2016 comment re: Freezing the concentrate … If you use corn starch instead of flour in the roux (1 tbsp. corn starch has the same thickening power as 2 tbsp. flour), you can freeze it. Re-heat gently, stirring from time to time. It will separate at first, but as you stir it and it warms it comes back together.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 4th, 2016 @ 10:35 pm

      Hi Margo! This is good to know, thank you for sharing! :)

  7. Jan — March 21, 2016 @ 9:27 am (#)

    I am in a Low Sodium Cooking group on FB. Someone just posted your Cream of Mushroom Soup, and I then I searched for Chicken– I will certainly love your page, so thanks for loving to cook. I do, too, but after 50+ years, I am not loving it so much!! I look forward to seeing your recipes and making them LOSO for my new lifestyle. Thanks again.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 21st, 2016 @ 11:50 am

      That’s wonderful Jan! We hope you can give this a try soon, and that you enjoy it! :)

  8. SUZAN — March 21, 2016 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    Thank you for sharing your awesome homemade condensed cream of chicken soup. 
    It’s so nice to have soup with no chemicals or preserveatives that you can make from scratch. 
    The only thing is I sometimes have little lumps of flour. Maybe my Canadian flour makes a difference?
    I’ll put up with a few lumps for this great soup. 
    Why the difference in amounts from the chicken soup and the mushroom? Can you use the chicken
    recipe and just add mushrooms and beef or vegetable broth? I like to have as much of this soup at once
    as I can!!
                       Lovin it ; )

  9. Pat — March 23, 2016 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    I made a similar recipe using whole milk and regular flour. It froze just fine! I use mine in Bisquick’s Impossible Chicken Pot Pie.

  10. Iris — April 1, 2016 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    Thank you for the homemade cream of chicken recipe. This is perfect. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 3rd, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      You’re welcome Iris — we’re glad you enjoyed it! :)

  11. Iris — April 1, 2016 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    After I make my soup before putting chicken in, I let it cool some and then pour into a blender and  a few wh rills and all lumps are gone and it’s smooth as can be. If I don’t have chicken stock on hand, I make it using chicken bouillion cubes and water. Just some tips that I’ve learned over the years.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 3rd, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, that’s a great tip for sure! :)

  12. plasterer bristol — May 10, 2016 @ 12:52 am (#)

    Yummy this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing this for us.

    Simon

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 15th, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

      We’re so glad you liked it Simon!

  13. Meredith T — May 22, 2016 @ 1:13 am (#)

    Just whipped up some of this using full-fat coconut milk and sorghum flour (we have gluten and dairy allergies in the house). Came out wonderful! My process was slightly different – browned my chicken breast in the frying pan, then sauteed my veg (i used carrot and celery and onion and garlic, because veg) in the fond, then deglazed with the chicken broth and added my milk/flour mixture. Then for my casserole (which was the final destination) added frozen peas, the chicken/veg, and rice pasta. This is amazing!!! So glad someone had the perspicacity to make a recipe! Thanks so much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 23rd, 2016 @ 8:09 am

      Very cool, thanks for sharing Meredith! We’re glad you enjoyed this and that you were able to make it gluten and non-dairy! :)

  14. Melissa — August 19, 2016 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Wow, that was super easy and delish! Thanks for the great recipe. I’d need to be in a serious pickle to buy condensed soup from the store again. Took all of maybe five minutes to make, and that includes getting out the measuring spoons, etc.. Yay for Ali!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 20th, 2016 @ 2:10 pm

      You’re so welcome, Melissa — we’re happy you enjoyed this! :)

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