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Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 1/4 cups
Author: Melissa Norris
This homemade cream of chicken soup substitute whips up in minutes and only uses 5 ingredients to replace any condensed cream of soup. It's full of flavor and can be adapted for dairy-free, gluten-free and turned into cream of mushroom soup substitute.
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  • 3 Tablespoons butter dairy free use lard or coconut oil
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons flour organic cornstarch or xanthan gum works for gluten-free thickeners
  • 1/2 cup milk for a rich sauce use cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth for dairy free, use all chicken broth or non-sweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt & dash of pepper
  • dash of pepper


  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter (or fat of choice).
  • Whisk in flour. It will make a thick paste.
  • Slowly whisk in liquids. Bring to a simmer (barely a boil), adding more liquid if it becomes too thick. It will thicken up a bit on cooling.
  • Remove from heat and stir in salt and dash of pepper.


Need a cream of celery substitute: saute a 1/4 cup of finely diced celery in butter before adding flour and other ingredients.
Need a cream of mushroom substitute: saute a 1/4 cup of finely chopped mushrooms in butter (or fat source) before adding flour and other ingredients.