Simple Cream-Of-Chicken Soup Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Don’t buy that cream-of chicken soup. It’s so easy to make cream of chicken soup (or any of the other cream-of soups) yourself in minutes.

I mean… you’re just thickening broth with a little flour and adding milk and whatever add-ins you want. So easy! 

Cream of Chicken Soup - chicken broth, milk, flour  #TexasHomesteader

Benefits Of Homemade Soup

This homemade cream of chicken soup is made with wholesome ingredients from my own kitchen. Ingredients I recognize and can pronounce! 

And although the commercial stuff sells for $1.79/can at our local store, my homemade version costs only pennies, allowing me to keep more of my money in my pocket. 

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Plus I’m using such goodness as homemade chicken broth, whole milk & fresh or dehydrated veggies from my garden.

So let’s get to putting this soup together!

Simple Cream Of Chicken Soup Ingredients

The ingredients for my cream-of soup are very simple.

Homemade Chicken Broth


Whole Milk

Seasonings – Celery Seed, Salt & Pepper

I make my own cream of chicken soup using broth, milk and seasonings. Inexpensive, healthier and no waste! #TexasHomesteader

Optional Add-In’s For Homemade Cream-Of-Something Soup

If you want a heartier cream-of soup or a different flavor variety you can add:

Chopped cooked chicken for heartier cream-of-chicken soup

Drained can of mushroom pieces for cream-of-mushroom soup

Minced, sauteed celery for cream-of-celery soup

Minced sauteed onions or garlic for extra flavor

A tablespoon of butter or bacon grease to add richness

The sky’s the limit, y’all. Make it to suit your family’s tastes!

Making Homemade Cream Of Chicken Soup

Making my own homemade cream of chicken soup is beyond simple.

Mix flour, salt, pepper & celery seed in a pan.

Add chicken broth & milk.

Stir & simmer until soup gets thick.

And BOOM! Cream-of-Chicken Soup! (Sans the tin can and much of the salt, along with any of the other ingredients I could never pronounce.)

Cream Of Chicken Soup For Recipes

Whenever possible I like to make my own cream-of-Chicken soup. (or celery, or mushroom, or…) Here are some  favorite recipes that use this homemade cream-of-something soup. 

Homemade chicken pot pie using leftover chicken, canned vegetables and cream of chicken soup. #TexasHomesteader

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie 

RancherMan’s Green Bean Casserole

Add even more shredded chicken for Chicken & Rice

I’ve heard some use it as a shortcut for Chicken & Dumplings

For me most often I make this homemade cream-of-chicken soup to use in my homemade chicken pot pie. Simply stir in that soup, a couple of cans of drained mixed vegetables, some leftover chicken and a Homemade Pie Crust to make a delicious homemade Chicken Pot Pie for our supper FAST. 

MYO Cream of Chicken Soup! Cans of Commercial Soup Are Notoriously High In Salt & Fat. Quick, Easy & Inexpensive. Make It Yourself & SAVE! #TexasHomesteader

It works perfectly and there were rave reviews about my homemade meal from my handsome RancherMan. Now that’s a response that always warms my heart…

Lots Of Benefits To Homemade

The benefits to quickly making my own cream-of-chicken soup from scratch is of course

Less expensive than the commercial counterpart.

Healthier – lower sodium & no preservatives. And I’m in control of the fat content.

No landfill-bound used can from purchased soup

And c’mon let’s admit it: it’s empowering to take steps to being self reliant.  Making these things for yourself just makes you feel good!  🙂

So if you’d like to step away from the soup aisle at the grocery store and enjoy a less expensive, less wasteful and healthier option, give this recipe a try. 

It’s very flexible since you can add seasonings as your taste dictates.

Did you make this Cream-Of-Chicken Soup? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Cream-Of-Chicken Soup

No need to run to the store when you need a can Cream of WHATEVER soup.  It's quick & easy to make yourself!  And without those questionable ingredients in the canned stuff. #TexasHomesteader

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Cream of, soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 10.5 oz cans


  • Cups Chicken broth
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons All-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Celery seed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Leftover shredded chicken optional


  1. In a small bowl mix 4 Tablespoons flour, salt, pepper, and ¼ teaspoon celery seed.

  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add flour mixture & slowly stir in 2¼ cups chicken broth and ¼ cup milk. Simmer over medium heat until thickened. (You can add leftover shredded chicken if desired for a meatier soup.)

  3. Remove from heat and use in the place of a can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup in your recipe!

Recipe Notes

Optional Add-In's For Homemade Cream-Of-Something Soup

If you want a heartier cream-of soup you can add any of these ingredients while soup is simmering:

Chopped cooked chicken for cream-of-chicken soup

Drained can of mushroom pieces for cream-of-mushroom soup

Minced, sauteed celery for cream-of-celery soup

Minced sauteed onions or garlic for extra flavor

A tablespoon of butter or bacon grease to add richness


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23 thoughts on “Simple Cream-Of-Chicken Soup Recipe

  1. Therese Bizabishaka

    I have a budget recipe for making 3 meals from one chicken. The first meal is chicken pot pie. You slow cook the chicken first and use the resulting juices as stock. I simply saute some onion in butter then add flour to make a rue. Add chicken stock and milk stirring till thickened. I usually flavour with pepper and thyme. Then just add the shredded chicken and cooked vegetables. This mixture is enough for 2 pies and is really easy. I also use a similar method using beef stock, mushrooms and sour cream to make a sauce for Swedish meatballs. Tastes delicious.

  2. Roseann Hampton

    Thanks for the recipe! Looks like a much healthier option!

  3. Janet Vinyard

    I’ve also made this starting with a white sauce but I noticed you didn’t use any butter – interesting! That makes your version low fat also. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Blessings, Janet

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      To be honest Janet, this is my basic cream-of soup recipe but sometimes I’ll add a small dollop of fat for flavor such as butter or bacon grease. I can never just blindly follow a recipe! LOL

  4. Michelle

    I’ve always bought “Cream of whatever” soup because I thought it was too complicated to make. This changes everything Tammy. So as long as there’s milk and flour I can actually try make my own version. Thank you

  5. Erlene A

    I make chicken pot pie all the time and will have to give homemade cream soup a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  6. Katy SkipTheBag

    I never thought about making my own cream of chicken soup. It looks so easy. Thanks for posting it on the #WasteLessWedesday blog hop

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It really is easy Katy. If I think I’ll be pulling everything together at the last minute sometimes I’ll make it up beforehand and just store it in the fridge. It’s always worked well for us. ~TxH~

  7. Rachel Osborn

    I’ve seen more complicated recipes than this!! I would never use another can of cream of anything soup (unless it was my very fav recipe…then I might make it ONCE in awhile…). I bought some organic stuff, it’s $2.50 a carton. Eeek! Def will pin this for future reference! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy linkup!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      This recipe whips up pretty quickly Rachel but if I know I’ll be making something with it soon I’ll often make it up beforehand and store in the fridge so I can just dump & go. ~TxH~

  8. Texas Homesteader Post author

    I still have a can of the commercial stuff in the pantry for emergencies too Katrin, but thankfully this recipe is quick & easy to make so I typically make my own instead. ~TxH~

  9. Carolyn

    Thank you for posting this! I have an MSG sesitivity and as a result, I have given up a lot of processed food. I miss the ‘cream-of’ soups, and I am glad to have found this so I can make casseroles again! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      ‘Cream-Of’ soups are typically mainstays in a casserole recipe. Give it a try Carolyn, it’s super easy to make your own, and you can make all your favorite flavors: cream of chicken, celery, mushroom, etc. ~TxH~

  10. Michelle

    Love it!
    Great to know- I have skipped recipes before if I didn’t have a can on hand.

  11. Amanda

    I’ve been buying the organic Pacific brand condensed soups just because I thought making my own would be much too time consuming. I guess I was wrong! Thank you for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Being concerned about the difficulty level and time consumption kept me back for years as well Amanda. Give it a try – so easy, and QUICK! ~TxH~

  12. IdlewildAlaska

    Love it! I’m always looking for ways to get away from the premade store garbage. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Me too – step by step. I’m surprised at how easy it often is to make things for yourself. I guess in my younger years I was intimidated & thought that it was too difficult and complicated to make these things myself and felt it better left to the ‘pros’. But now that I’m more determined than ever to take control of my family’s health I’m finding it’s not complicated at all! ~TxH~

  13. Kristina @ AllMomDoes

    Thank you for sharing this! As we look ahead to the fall I know we’ll start to crave comfort foods, but I really prefer to cook from scratch (when I can). This is a great tip to modify some of our heartier recipes!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Me too Kristina for several different reasons – it’s healthier, less expensive and with less landfill trash. Give this cream-of-chicken soup a try. ~TxH~

  14. Amanda

    Love it… my fiancee is an agriculture science major at Texas A&M commerce and we hope to one day have our own self sustaining ranch. I hope to hear more of what it takes to run your homestead.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s so awesome, neighbor! I’ve written about our journey many times on this blog, but here’s the meat & bones post:
      as well as tips on a great life without a corporate paycheck:

      There are lots of posts on this blog about saving money & doing for yourself – feel free to poke around the blog a bit. Chase that dream – it can be reality!!



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