MYO Cream-Of-Chicken Soup In A SNAP!

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I  wanted to make my handsome RancherMan a homemade Chicken Pot Pie, but I wanted to make it totally from scratch.  Cooking with cream-of-something soups helps to make recipes quick & easy but you know those commercial cans of soup are full of sodium.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have a can of the stuff sitting in my pantry for ‘those’ moments, but whenever possible I like to make my own cream-of-Chicken soup (or celery, or mushroom, or…)  The good news is that it’s so super easy to make myself that the can of commercial stuff is still sitting unused in my pantry.  Check it out, y’all!

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

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 since I’m using such goodness as homemade chicken broth & dehydrated veggies from my garden.  So let’s get to putting this soup together!  First I measured out my homemade chicken broth.  I wanted to use some dehydrated onions in my soup for extra flavor so I tossed a couple of tablespoons of them into the broth so they could rehydrate right in the broth at the same time!  (If I’m making another kind of cream-of soup such as celery I’ll toss in my dehydrated celery at this time)  I’m thinking if you don’t have dehydrated veggies it would be fine to toss in chopped onion or celery here instead…

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

After about 5 minutes of simmering my dehydrated veggies are ready to go.  I add some milk, flour & spices – whatever my palate is in the mood for and whatever spice would go well with the dish I’m making.  Often it’s just salt & pepper but I’ll also add in minced garlic or chopped thyme if the mood strikes me.  Yep, shootin’ from the hip – that’s the way I cook here on the ranch!

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

Now comes the even easier part: Simmer & stir until it gets as thick as I want it 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.  If you want a heartier soup you can add shredded chicken, but since I wanted this soup to go into my chicken pot pie which already had the chicken for my recipe, I used this soup just like this!  I’ve also used this soup recipe with shredded chicken added when making chicken & rice.  Quick.  Easy.  Dee-LICIOUS!

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

So there ya go.  I used that easy Cream-of-Chicken Soup, a homemade pie crust and leftover chicken to make a delicious homemade Chicken Pot Pie for our supper.  It worked perfectly and there were rave reviews about my homemade meal from my handsome RancherMan.  Now that’s a response that always warms my heart…

Making my own cream-of-chicken soup from scratch is of course less expensive than the commercial counterpart.  It’s also healthier and both of those are driving forces behind my decision to make things for myself that I used to buy instead.  But for me the main reason is that in addition to those two benefits, my homemade soup’s more environmentally friendly since there’s no landfill-bound trash from my 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!  🙂

Cream-Of-Chicken Soup!  It's easy to make it yourself. Cans of Commercial Soup Are Notoriously High In Salt & Fat. Quick, Easy & Inexpensive. Make It Yourself & SAVE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

So if you’d like to step away from the soup isle 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.

 

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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.

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Leftover shredded chicken optional

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix 4 Tablespoons flour, salt, pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon celery seed. In a saucepan over medium heat, add flour mixture & slowly stir in 2 1/4 cups chicken broth and 1/4 cups milk. Simmer over medium heat until thick. You can add leftover shredded chicken if desired for a meatier soup. Remove from heat and use in the place of a can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup in your recipe!

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38 thoughts on “MYO Cream-Of-Chicken Soup In A SNAP!

  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.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Sounds delish Therese! Chicken pot pie is one of RancherMan’s faves and it’s guaranteed to be on the short-list soon! 🙂 ~TMH~

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  2. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Sounds pretty easy to me! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s really quick to make too Roseann. I typically just whip it up fresh whenever my recipe calls for it. ~TMH~

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  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

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

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

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  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

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I served slow-cooker roast chicken for supper last night. After our meal I put the bones & skin back in the slow-cooker and simmered it all night to make a few quarts of delicious chicken stock. You bet your beans I’ll be using that broth to make cream-of-chicken soup soon! ~TMH~

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  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.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s quick & easy Erlene. And no can, no preservatives, a fraction of the cost & all the flavor! ~TMH~

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  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

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead 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. ~TMH~

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  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!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead 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. ~TMH~

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  8. Katrin

    I hear ya, I have one or two of those cans in my pantry for the same reason, but when there’s time to make it all healthy then that’s the way to go for me! This looks like such an easy recipe and yummy too!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead 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. ~TMH~

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  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.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead 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. ~TMH~

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  10. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

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  13. Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

    I’d never thought about making my own before! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo LIsa

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  14. Elaine

    Great idea!! Thanks for Linking up at My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

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  15. 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!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch 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! ~TMR~

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  16. 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!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch 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! ~TMR~

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  17. Maria@SewTravelInspired

    What a great post. I absolutely have to cut down on my sodium. Canned foods was the first thing to go. I will certainly use this recipe. Come share this post at Snickerdoodle Sunday. The party is in full swing. Here is the link. http://www.sewtravelinspired.com/ Our party goers would love it. While you’re there share a comment on a natural wonder near you.

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  18. 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!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch 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. ~TMR~

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  19. 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.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch 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: http://taylormaderanch.com/blog/chasing-the-dream/ as well as tips on a great life without a corporate paycheck: http://bit.ly/TMR-CorpPay1 http://bit.ly/TMR-CorpPay2 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!! ~TMR~

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