Seems like condensed cream of chicken soup is in tons of recipes this time of year. Bet ya didn't know you can make a tasty version right at home!
During wintertime I find that I crave comfort foods, and a lot of those recipes naturally include condensed cream of chicken soup. I wondered if there was a way to make it homemade, so, we’ve been experimenting and came up with a fantastic “recipe hack” for condensed cream of chicken soup to share with you.
You’ll be amazed at how great it tastes in all your recipes, and how easy it is. I whipped up several batches and have them in the freezer ready to use whenever we need them.
I started with some leftover cooked chicken and onion, sautéed for a few minutes.
In a large pot, you’ll make up a mixture of olive oil and flour -- items you probably already have in your pantry.
Then add one of my favorite cooking ingredients: fat free half & half. My husband thinks “fat free half & half” is an oxymoron but let me tell you -- this stuff is a cook’s best friend! It gives you the thickness and creaminess you want without the added fat. I use this for everything from soups to pastry cream and LOVE it.
Now for the extra flavor and spices. A big key to making this recipe easily is Progresso Recipe Starters (Creamy Roasted Garlic flavor, which uses a high-quality broth and most of the spices you need so it’s a snap to whip this up! The only extra spice I added was a bit of paprika.
I added one can of Recipe Starters to the mixture on the stove and mixed the other can with some flour to make a slurry (a thickening agent for soups and stews). At this point you can divide the recipe into fourths and freeze it, or you can add some extra fat free half & half and serve as a soup. How easy is that?!
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Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook — and as she says… a Tolkien geek! Look for Mandy’s posts on Tablespoon, and check her member profile often to see what she’s cooking up!
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