Make Ahead Cream of Chicken Soup Mix

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Well, I have another Make Ahead Mix for you this week.  This money saving mix is great to have when you run out of canned cream soup or when you are trying to save a few dollars on groceries.

Here’s the recipe for the Make Ahead Cream of Chicken Soup Mix

2 cups nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chicken bouillon powder or soup base
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Mix all the above ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

When you are ready to use the mix in a recipe (in place of 1 can of cream of chicken soup), combine 1/3 cup of mix and 2/3 cup of water in a sauce pan.  Cook (STIRRING CONSTANTLY) until thickened.  It only takes about 2 minutes on a gas stove.

Cream soups can be costly and this is a great alternative.

If you’re looking for some other time and money saving ideas for the kitchen, be sure to check out all my other Make Ahead Mixes HERE and check back for another “Make Ahead” idea next week.


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  1. Great recipe. What an easy mix. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  2. I’m pinning this. I love the idea of making my own because I know what is in it and it isn’t the junk that is in a lot of the cream of soups.

  3. I’m all about easy dinners. Thanks! It’s been fun checking out your blog! I would love to have you stop by and enter my link party, as well. (Hosted every Saturday)

  4. I love the idea of having this soup mix ready to go. Thanks for sharing it! Have a great week!

  5. Another great mix! I’m so glad to see gluten-free alternatives to canned soup. The GF cans are terribly expensive.

  6. Im pinning this, looks yummy and easy:)

  7. Carrie, what a healthy recipe to have, this will be great to use in casseroles. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing on Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Thanks so much for this recipe. I shared it on my blog today.

  9. I apologize if this is a dumb question but…when you use canned cream of chicken soup it’s condensed and you need to add water or milk to it. When you add the water and cook it on the stove is no longer condensed? I just want to be sure I’m using it correctly in recipes. I’ve already made the mix but haven’t used it yet in a recipe. Thanks so much

    • Not a dumb question at ALL! When I cook it on the stove it is making it to the consistency of a can a cream soup…still condensed. I don’t usually add milk or water to my cream of chicken condensed soup because I only use it as a cooking soup in recipes. When I use this condensed soup recipe in my chicken and rice, I need the consistency that a can of cream soup gives. So I add the water, cook it on the stove to thicken and it replaces only the can of cream soup. When I use this in my chicken and dumplings, I just pour the mix right in because I don’t need the consistency that canned soup gives.
      What I guess I’m trying to say, it that I don’t typically add water to my cream of chicken soup to “uncondense it”. I do add water to my tomato, or chicken noodle soup… This recipe above replaces just the can of condensed soup.
      Does this answer your question? I hope I’m making sense!

  10. Ohhhh. Thank you so much! I agree with you 100% on what you said. Thanks so much for clearing that up for me. I usually use the can in crock pot or casserole recipe so this will be a super saving. I had leftover ingredients to I surprised my friend with a jar of it. We love all your tips, recipes and posts. Thanks for getting back to me! Margie

  11. Hi there. Food on Friday is all about soup! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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  13. I’m so glad I ran into your blog while searching for a cream of chicken soup mix. You have a lot of great ideas. I also liked your facebook page and would love it if you would like mine as well
    Thanks and have a great day

  14. I found this page while looking for cream of chicken soup recipes with the intend of making ahead and freezing it, but this is such a better idea! I was wondering about how many “cans” this mix would equate to. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to check out the rest of your page =)

    • Thanks for stopping by Shawna. As far as the number of cans that the soup mix makes, using the ratios given, I will cautiously say about 9. Some of the recipes I have used this mix in, I have had to use more of this “soup” than I do when I use the canned cream soup, so take that into consideration just in case you have the same findings I did.


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