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Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

An Easy and Delicious Alternative to Canned Cream Soups

A delicious and easy homemade cream of chicken soup that makes an excellent replacement for canned cream of soups. You can use this homemade cream of chicken soup in so many delicious ways. Made from scratch with quality ingredients.

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I have had many requests for an alternative to canned cream of chicken soup. As a mother of 5, I like the convenience of using cans here in there in my cooking for the sake of saving time. But when I have the extra time, it’s always fun to come up with from-scratch alternatives for my recipes.

Canned vs. Homemade

Now, don’t get me wrong, as I said before, I have no issues with using cans in my cooking. I love easy and a lot of my readers are here for that reason: easy recipes. In reality, though, it is a healthier alternative to make things yourself so you know exactly what’s in your food. So when I can come up with a recipe that’s from-scratch AND easy, I’m excited to share it with you.

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This Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup takes about 5 minutes to make and is a better alternative to canned cream of soup. It requires very common ingredients, most of which you probably already have at home! You can use it instead of the cans in my very popular Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings recipe. You will need a double batch of the soup for that recipe.

Ingredients for Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes and you can make your own homemade Cream of Chicken Soup! You’ll need flour, milk, heavy cream, and butter. And the most important ingredient, Better than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base. This stuff is amazing. It’s made with roasted chicken so the flavor is to die for.

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Once you have all your ingredients, you just need a stove and a pot and you’re ready to go!

How Do You Make Cream of Chicken Soup?

It’s so easy to make your own homemade cream of chicken soup. I must admit, it’s easier than I expected. You’ll start by mixing the flour, the Better than Bouillon and 1/2 a cup of the milk in a bowl. You can use a fork to mix. Once done, you can set it aside. You will then melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is fully melted, you can add the remaining milk and stir it in with the butter. Keep stirring constantly. Once the milk begins to get frothy you can slowly add the milk mixture you had set aside.

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You will need to stir constantly as the soup will begin to boil and thicken. You will then turn off the heat and continue stirring as the soup cools. Easy right?

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

These are the kitchen tools that I used to make this creamy soup:

Food Storage

These mason jars are perfect for storing this cream of chicken soup in the refrigerator.

As for storing your homemade cream of chicken soup, I recommend putting it in mason jars like these. Of course, you will need to refrigerate whatever you don’t use. This recipe makes enough to substitute for one can of cream of chicken soup.

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I know you will love how easy, quick, and delicious this Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup is. Let me know in the comments when you try it. I’d love to hear what dish you use it in!

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Creamy Soup Made With Milk, Flour, Butter, and Better Than Bouillon

5 from 2 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Stovetop
Prep Time
4 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Make your own homemade cream of chicken soup as a healthy alternative to canned soup. All the flavor without all the unnecessary ingredients.
Cuisine: American
Course: Soup
Category: Soups, Stews & Chilis



  • Using a fork, whisk the flour, and the chicken flavored Better Than Bouillon with 1/2 a cup of the milk until you have a smooth mixture. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • As soon as the butter is fully melted, add the remaining cup of milk to the saucepan, continually whisking with a fork as the milk heats up.
  • Once the milk in the saucepan begins to get frothy and boil, slowly add the milk and flour mixture to the saucepan, continually whisking as you add it.
  • Continue to whisk as the soup begins to bubble and thicken.
  • Turn off the heat just before the soup reaches your desired consistency. Continue whisking for another minute or two as the soup cools.
  • Use as a substitute for any recipe that calls for canned cream of chicken soup.

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Serving: 1g | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  • Dawn @ The Kitchen and a Latte says:

    Easy is always good, especially if the kiddos are younger! I mostly try to make homemade stuff. We have been trying to stay away from the processed stuff as much as possible – but I don’t judge and I do use some stuff from time to time myself. Who doesn’t need convenience once in a while?

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