Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

Cyd Converse

Out of cream of chicken soup, but need some in a recipe? Here's what to use as a substitute for cream of chicken soup to save yourself a trip to the store!

Imagine rushing around after a long day at work, trying to quickly prepare your family’s favourite casserole - only to realise you’ve forgotten the key ingredient... cream of chicken soup!

If you really don't feel like a trip to the store, is there a substitute for cream of chicken soup that will work just as well?

Fortunately, there is! 

Making your own cream of chicken soup to use as a substitute is actually much quicker and healthier than you might think.

Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Photo

Even better, you are likely to have these ingredients in your kitchen already!

This recipe can used as a direct swap for any recipe that calls for one can (10.5 oz) of cream of chicken soup.

Phew, dinner is saved!

Make a note that if you are using this homemade cream of chicken soup substitute in a slow cooker recipe, only add it in for the final 30 minutes.

Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Picture

Once you’ve tried this recipe you are bound to want to use this in every future recipe that calls for it!

Not only is this substitute for cream of chicken soup rich and flavorful, it's also a less processed and healthier version of the canned variety.

Don't want to make it every time you need it? Luckily, you can make this in larger batches and freeze for use later. 

Before freezing, ensure that you allow the soup to cool down completely. Then spoon it into individual freezer-safe containers.

Leave about one inch space between the soup and the top of the container to allow for expansion as it freezes.

In an airtight container, this soup can be frozen for up to three months.

Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Image

To defrost, place the soup into the fridge to thaw for at least eight hours. Reheat the soup by warming in a saucepan, or by heating in a microwave.

Stir your soup well before using,

If you notice that it has separated at all, pour it into a blender and blend gently for 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can whisk it by hand. 

Need another option?

If you don’t have the time or the ingredients for this recipe you can use sour cream instead. It won’t have a chicken flavor, but will provide an equivalent texture and body to that of cream of chicken soup.

Many people make the assumption that chicken stock can be used as an alternative, but this is not the case.

Chicken stock lacks the creaminess and the body of the cream of chicken soup that your recipe will need so you're better off using a substitute for cream of chicken soup instead.

Unable to eat gluten? We've got you covered with this gluten-free substitute for cream of chicken soup, too!


Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

    1 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup 2% Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon Celery Salt


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.
  2. Create a roux by adding the flour once the butter is bubbling and reduce the heat.
  3. Stir frequently until the roux is thick, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Slowly whisk the chicken stock into the roux, ensuring any flour clumps are broken up.
  5. Add all of the other ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes, until thickened. 


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Author: Cyd Converse
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 378
Calories 581

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g
  Saturated Fat 30g
Sodium 680mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 6g
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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