Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe

Cream of Chicken

Typically, my recipe for French Onion Beef Casserole is made with cream of mushroom soup. However, recently we have had a child in our home (Matthew… cough cough…) who has developed a deep detest for mushrooms. I cannot fault him, or hold it against him, as at his ripe age of nine I too detested sweet peas and onion and as a result I can only blame myself. So, today I made Cream of Chicken Soup.

cream of chicken soup in a bowl

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Published January 24, 2022
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What was for dinner?

Tonight, before making dinner, a decision was made. French Onion Beef Casserole will NOT be made with mushrooms. I am sad, Tyler will be sad, we all are sad. Everyone in the house except Matthew that is. But the people must be fed! I had leftover chicken drippings from a meal this past weekend and decided to use those drippings as part of the stock needed for this Cream of Chicken Soup. Whenever I cook chicken, this time it was a whole chicken roasted, I save the juices in the fridge or freezer. Chicken drippings can be used for so many different purposes. Soup, stock, cheese sauce and even Cream of Mushroom Soup. Click the link below for my recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup!

Why make this soup from scratch?

Recently I purchased cream of mushroom soup from the grocery store and it had such an odd texture, taste and look. I remember cream of mushroom, or even cream of chicken soup, being so delicious when I was a child. Oh, how the times have changed. Since making cream of mushroom soup from scratch many years ago, I have not brought myself to buy a can. Making this from scratch is so easy and tastes WAY better than anything you can buy in a can.

The price of a can of cream of chicken soup will not break the bank, but if you have drippings the cost to make it from scratch will be way less expensive. I love making soup from scratch because having drippings and leftover stock helps big time to lower the cost of recipes.

Take this can from Pacific Foods for example, it is a 10.5 oz can of Organic Cream of Chicken Soup Concentrate for $2.49.

Here is another option, selling on Amazon, for $3.49 each for four cans of Cream of Chicken soup.

I was able to make 4 cups of homemade from scratch Cream of Chicken soup for $1.75. By making from scratch Cream of Chicken soup, the cost of our dinner was then only $9.75. We still have leftovers and Tyler gets lunch for work tomorrow! That brings French Onion Beef Casserole with Homemade from scratch Cream of Chicken soup to $0.88 per serving.

Chicken stock $0.00
1/2 cup flour $0.10
2 cups milk $0.35
4 Tbsp butter $0.30
1 cup Greek yogurt $1.00

Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients

4 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 cup Greek Yogurt

chicken broth in Pyrex measuring cup

Cream of Chicken Soup Directions

1. Place 4 Tablespoons butter in a large saucepan and then heat to medium-high. A flat-sided pan work well with this recipe as it will help to prevent any spatters or overspill.

butter in large saucepan on stove

2. When the butter is melted, add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp minced onion, then stir to combine. Cook the seasonings in the melted butter until they are fragrant.

3. Add 1/2 cup flour to the melted butter and then whisk to combine. Cook the flour for 2-3 minutes. The butter will soak into the flour and become like little crumbles. Just keep mixing it all together.

4. Pour 1 cup chicken broth SLOWLY into the flour and butter mixture and whisk until combined. Pour slowly as it can steam. We had leftover chicken broth from a meal this past weekend and it was in the fridge, which is why it looks like this odd glob. Once it heats up in the pan with the butter and flour, the glob will dissolve and melt to a smooth texture.

5. Pour the 2 cups milk into the pan and whisk until fully combined. Again, pour the milk slowly into the pan as it can cause it to bubble up and steam.

6. Measure and add 1 cup Greek yogurt to the pan and whisk until combined. As a substitute, you can use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt.

7. Cook on medium until boiling, whisking constantly for 2-3 minutes. If using later, you can use a spatula and scrape it out into a bowl. The soup was then scraped out of the pan with a Rachel Ray spatula and set aside in a bowl.

This Cream of Chicken Soup is concentrated and can be served as a soup base with 2-3 cups added stock or water to be used in casseroles or bake dishes.

Once the Cream of Chicken Soup was cooked, I finished making the French Onion Beef Casserole. For that delicious recipe check out my blog for that recipe by clicking the above link! It is for sure one of our families’ favorite meals. Let me know in the comments if you make this recipe!

Enjoy!
~Monica

Recipe for Cream of Chicken Soup

Ingredients

4 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 cup Greek Yogurt

Directions

1. Place 4 Tablespoons butter in a large saucepan and then turn the heat to medium-high.
2. When the butter is melted, add 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp minced onion and stir to combine.
3. Add 1/2 cup flour to the melted butter and then whisk to combine, making sure to cook the flour for 2-3 minutes.
4. Pour 1 cup chicken broth SLOWLY into the flour and butter mixture and whisk until combined. Pour slowly as it can steam.
5. Pour the 2 cups milk into the pan and whisk until fully combined.
6. Measure and add 1 cup Greek yogurt to the pan and whisk until combined. As a substitute, you can use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt.
7. Cook on medium until boiling, whisking constantly for 2-3 minutes.

cream of chicken soup in a white bowl on countertop

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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