When it comes to dreamy chicken recipes, this homemade cream of chicken soup rises to the top like a shining star. As the cool weather sets in and you pull out your chicken soup recipes, you’ll want to ensure this one is in there.
This cream of chicken soup recipe is chalked full of intense flavor with a bold robust presence that sends a calm comfort through you. On those dreary days when you’re chilled to the bone, nothing will quite do the trick like this soup.
Kick your shoes off and get ready to savor excellence!
I love all the massive flavor embedded in this smooth rich cream of chicken soup recipe. This stuff is so good you may never buy the canned variety again. Who could blame you? This cream of chicken soup recipe doesn’t disappoint and there are even more great reasons to love it.
- Wholesome recipe with intense flavor
- Can be ready in about an hour
- Full of nutritious veggies
- Makes a solid stand-alone meal or tasty add-on
- Great to feed a crowd or prep for the week
Crafting this homemade cream of chicken soup recipe is an easy way to spread the love on a cold winter’s day. It isn’t complicated at all but there are a few tips to help build all those yummy layers of decadent flavor. Here’s what you need to know!
Take that first few minutes to sauté those beautiful veggies before you toss the flour in. It seems minuscule because it’s all going in, right? Wrong! Sautéing veggies combats bitterness and coaxes out those sweeter mellow flavors.
You’ll want to give that flour a few moments in the hot pot as well. Not only are you making your roux, but you’re cooking that starchy ‘flour’ flavor out of it so your soup tastes like, well – chicken!
The recipe list may look long at first glance but after you gasp, you’ll see that its mainly veggies and seasonings. This cream of chicken soup recipe looks like something out of grandma’s recipe book and it works!
The smooth velvety texture of this soup is oh so satisfying and the flavor is gonna’ knock your socks off! Here’s whatcha’ need.
Veggies – A vibrant combination of celery, onions, carrots, and garlic start the flavor building and up the nutritional ante.
Flour – All-purpose flour helps build the roux and thickens this cream of chicken soup right up.
Base – The base of this awesome homemade cream of chicken soup is a robust blend of low sodium chicken broth, heavy cream, and dry sherry. It-is-so-good!
Better Than Bouillon – Better Than Bouillon lends a depth of flavor and piles of it. It’s so much better than those salty flavorless cubes.
Seasonings – A combination of bay and thyme really sends the flavors into overdrive on top of the salt and pepper.
Chicken – Here’s the easy part. You just need some cooked chicken. Rotisserie is fantastic but any cooked chicken will work just fine.
Storing your homemade cream of chicken soup recipe depends on how much you’ve got left. Sometimes I like to divvy up leftovers into single-serve mason jars we can grab for lunch during the week. You can also store it in gallon-sized Ziploc containers to save space in the fridge.
Can You Freeze This?
This decadent cream of chicken soup recipe tastes best fresh out of the pot but technically you can freeze it. Sometimes it separates a bit during the thawing process and good whisking will usually pull it back together just fine.
Make Ahead Tips
I get it, prepping saves time and sanity. The veggies and the garlic can all be chopped and stored in a container or Ziploc until you’re ready for them. That will save you the most time.
You can also grab a rotisserie chicken or use leftovers if you have them. Then it’s just a matter of putting everything together. This amazing cream of chicken soup recipe can be ready in under an hour when everything’s ready to go.
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
If there’s anything left after dinner, your cream of chicken soup will stay fresh and crave-worthy for up to 4 days in the fridge. This makes it easy to prep for the week when the weather’s cold and dreary.
There are so many incredible ways to tweak this cream of chicken soup recipe I couldn’t possibly name them all. You’re sure to craft a yummy flavor that suits your family and your menu. Here’s just a couple of suggestions.
Can I Make This With Tortilla?
Tortilla makes an awesome garnish for this robust cream of chicken soup, but you can always make chicken tortilla soup if the mood strikes. Creamy chicken tortilla soup is a totally satisfying one pot wonder and gives you some amazing texture.
Sometimes I like to throw together slow cooker chicken tortilla soup that’s ready after our Sunday activities. It makes a delicious Sunday supper!
Can I Use Dumplings Instead?
Simply adding dumplings to this homemade cream of chicken soup may make it a little thicker than intended but you’ll have something like a creamy chicken dumpling soup. Of course, you could go all the way and just make southern chicken and dumplings.
Don’t have that much time? No problem! Whip up Bisquick chicken and dumplings, instead.
Can I Cook This In An Instant Pot?
A few simple changes can turn this cream of chicken soup recipe into instant pot chicken soup infused with all that awesome chicken flavor that’s ready in a fraction of the time. You can also make instant pot chicken noodle soup for a non-creamy version. Another zesty brothy option that won’t leave you over-filled is instant pot chicken tortilla soup.
Can I Use Rice In This Recipe?
Adding rice to your cream of chicken soup may taste pretty awesome but you’ll lose that brothy consistency that makes it what it is. Try making instant pot chicken and rice soup instead. Plenty of fragrant herbs and succulent chicken give it a delicious quality that is oh so satisfying.
What Other Chicken Soups Can I Make?
This wholesome cream of chicken soup is so incredible it just may inspire you to try other flavors! Luckily, there’s no shortage of scrumptious chicken soups. You can go with something like Korean chicken soup or even chicken fajita soup with a Mexican flair. Ariba!
If you want to kick things up a notch, try making a buffalo chicken soup that’s sure to wake up your taste buds.
Cream Of Chicken Soup
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stocks celery, diced
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 6-8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 heaping tablespoon chicken flavor Better Than Bouillon
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- frozen peas, thawed
- 3 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1-2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons dry sherry
- oyster crackers
- fresh parsley, chopped
- fresh thyme, chopped
- In a large pot, over medium-low heat, add butter and saute the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots stirring often, until onions are translucent about 10-12 minutes.
- Sprinkle vegetables with flour and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and slowly whisk in broth until smooth.
- Return pot to heat, add chicken broth, Better Than Bouillon, thyme, bay leaf, salt, black pepper bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.
- Mix in peas and chicken and simmer until heated through about 7-8 minutes. Remove and discard thyme stems and bay leaf. Whisk in heavy cream and sherry. Adjust seasoning. Ladle into individual bowls. Garnish with oyster crackers, chopped parsley, and chopped thyme. Serve.
Chicken soups offer a metropolis of amazing flavors and textures that can be eaten with a meal or as a meal. This homemade cream of chicken soup is one of my prized recipes because it’s just so darn good but there are more.
Here are some of my all-time favorite chicken soup recipe for you to try.
- Chicken Broccoli Soup – A creamy combination of broccoli and chicken is sure to satisfy and get some greens in!
- Chicken Curry Soup – A bright burst of flavor in every scrumptious bite
- Thai Chicken Soup – Add a Thai-inspired twist for some crazy good chicken soup.
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup – The quintessential American comfort food.
- Lemon Chicken Soup – Inject a pop of citrus for a full-flavored meal-worthy option.
This homemade cream of chicken soup is so dangerously delicious it should probably come with a warning label. It’s one of those awesome dishes that’ll keep you eating long after you’re full because it’s just that good.
Deep rich layers of yummy flavor and a creamy velvety texture are more than satisfying. They’ll fill you with a warm fervent glow that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Ones you try this flavor-intense cream of chicken soup, you’ll never grab that over-processed stuff in the can again!