Whether or not you eat dairy free, don't let this stop you from making homemade cream of chicken soup. This stuff is a game changer in your dishes! Once you make this dairy-free cream of chicken soup, your taste buds just won't be satisfied with the stuff from the can. Not even Campbells can compete!
This easy dairy-free cream of chicken soup recipe is perfect for my Dairy-Free Chicken and Rice Casserole!
- Non-dairy butter- Use one that you like the taste of. I use country crock plant butter with avocado oil, as I feel (and many others) that the taste and aroma is identical to real butter.
- Chicken broth
- Almond milk- I love to use my homemade almond milk.
- Celery salt
- Onion powder
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- Milk- instead of using almond milk, you can use unsweetened coconut milk (from the carton, not the can), cashew milk (you can find my easy recipe for cashew milk here) or even oat milk!
- Flour- If you need to make this a gluten-free dairy-free recipe, you can substitute the flour for gluten-free all-purpose flour. I love to use Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour as a GF choice.
Start by slicing up 1 ½ sticks of your favorite tasting non-dairy butter (I use country crock plant butter with avocado oil).
Then, add the butter to a pot over medium heat on the stove and allow it to completely melt.
When the butter has completely melted, begin to make your roux. A roux is cooked mixture of fat and flour that is used as a thickening agent for soups and sauces.
Slowly add the flour while whisking until the mixture is smooth.
Next, add in the chicken broth, a little at a time, while continuously whisking. Adding the liquids slowly will help ensure that there won't be any lumps.
After that, whisk in the almond milk. Again, continue to whisk so that no lumps form and the contents do not stick to the bottom.
If yours looks too thin at this point, that's alright! Just turn up the heat and let it come to a light boil while whisking constantly. Once it starts to look like a condensed soup, remove it from the heat.
The mixture should be very thick and smooth now. Take it off the heat. It will continue to thicken as it cools, so if it seems like more than 3 cups at first, be patient and let it cool some!
Mix in the spices.
Finally, you can add it to your favorite recipes that call for cream of chicken soup.
You can refrigerate the leftover cream of chicken soup in an airtight container and it will last for up to 4 days.
Can you freeze homemade cream of chicken soup?
Yes. You can. But keep in mind that when freezing cream of chicken soup, it does lose a bit of its original quality. Once thawed, it does have some separation and loses a bit of its creamy consistency. However, once mixed with milk and then cooked, it isn't really noticeable.
Before freezing make sure it's completely cooled. You can store it in freezer safe ziplocks, squeezing the air out of the bag first and then sealing. Store for up to a couple of months.
To thaw, leave in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours or until completely defrosted.
✅ Pro Tips
- The soup can slightly vary in thickness depending on your choice of flour and plant milks. However, all substitutions mentioned above I have tested and they work great!
- Another factor affecting the thickness is how slowly/quickly you add the flour, broth and plant milks as well as the temperature of the cream mixture.
- It could end up looking like a bit more than 3 cups if you don't follow the instructions mentioned below to help with the thickening.
- Watch the roux closely, whisking constantly throughout. It can easily burn by sticking to the bottom. If this happens, discard the burnt bits.
- A can of Campbells is 10 ½ ounces or 1 ¼ cup (298 grams). You can measure out how much you need and save the rest for later.
Dairy-Free Cream of Chicken Soup
- ¾ cup non-dairy butter 1 ½ sticks
- ¾ cup flour
- 1 ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 ½ cup almond milk
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- Slice up your butter and melt it in a pot over medium heat.
- Slowly add the flour into the melted butter and whisk until smooth.
- Pour in the chicken broth slowly while whisking. You want to add the liquids slowly to make sure the mixture remains thick, smooth and lump free.
- Whisk in the almond milk very slowly.
- If yours looks too thin at this point, that's alright! Just turn up the heat and let it come to a light boil while whisking constantly.
- Once it starts to look like a thick condensed soup, remove it from the heat.
- Mix the spices in and whisk.
- Soup will thicken more as it cools.
- Add to your favorite recipes that call for cream of chicken soup! Use right away or store for later use.
**Note: Nutrition label is just an estimate. Amounts may vary.