Homemade Creamy Chicken Soup



Fall and soups go together like mittens and scarves.

Mani’s and Pedi’s.

Cat hair and dark wash denim.

And other than my usual rotation of Chicken Tortilla Soup, Potato soup, and Chili (not really soup but I throw it in that category anyway), I had yet to find a homemade chicken soup that I loved.

So, I did what every normal person does and scoured Pinterest. As it turns out, there are a lot of recipes for chicken soup out in the world. So I took a few notes from various recipes, made my own tweaks and changes, and I managed to make a pretty darn delicious creamy chicken soup.

The recipe I stuck closest to was this one from The Cookie Rookie, but I made a few changes like I mentioned above.

Creamy Chicken Soup

(inspired by this recipe)

Roux ingredients: 4 T flour, 2 T buter, 2 T olive oil (made separately then added to soup)

Soup ingredients:

2 T butter

2 T olive oil

3 stalks celery (chopped)

3 carrots (chopped)

1 small yellow onion (diced)

4 C chicken stock

2 cups 1% milk

1 1/2 cups half & half

2 T chicken base granules (I like better than bouillon)

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pepper

1 T parsley flakes

3 bay leaves

2 t Herbs of Provence

1/4 t turmeric

1/4 t garlic

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (rotisserie or chicken breast)

1 package original Rice Pilaf (I like this one)


1. Make the Roux first in a separate pan. Melt olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Sprinkle flour over top and whisk together until smooth and bubbly. It should only take a few minutes. Set aside.

1.5 Make the Rice Pilaf in a separate pot. Set aside. You’ll add the rice in at the end.

2. In a dutch oven, or large soup pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.

3. Add vegetables and sauté until softened.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients (not rice), including the roux, and bring to a boil. Make sure to stir every few minutes to keep the milk from scalding.

5. Once boiling, turn down to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6. Taste test and add more salt or seasonings. Remember flavors develop over time, so don’t over do it!

7. Once you’ve adjusted any seasonings, stir in cooked rice pilaf. I added about 3/4 of the rice so the soup didn’t become too heavy. Add less or more depending on your preference.

8. Serve and enjoy!


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Comments (38)

  1. Mylene says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This is exactly what I need on a cold and rainy day! Looks delicious.

  2. ailyn says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    a little rich for my taste… and what is herbs of provence?

    • Jenny S says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      It’s a blend of herbs. It comes in a jar just as all the other herbs. 🙂

  3. Carolina says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    I can’t wait to try this!!!

  4. Micah says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This looks delicious, Kate! I’m adding it to this weeks menu! Thank you!!

  5. valerie says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This recipe sounds delicious! I’m very excited that there’s turmeric in it since I’m trying to intro myself to this spice. I a jar of chicken stock paste called Better Than Bullion. It’s really good.

    • valerie says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      *I use

      • Abi says
        Posted October 29, 2014

        Turmeric is supposed to be really good for women … I must Google that but I’m certain its medicinal properties are such that it’s great for balancing hormones etc in eastern medicine. 🙂

        • valerie says
          Posted October 29, 2014

          I purchased ground turmeric today. I’m going to try a honey/ginger/turmeric hot drink tomorrow morning. Crossing fingers it’s palatable. I’ve been reading way too many good things about it.

  6. Posted October 29, 2014

    I can’t tell you how honored I am that you made/adapted our recipe! Your blogs is one of my favorites!! Your changes to the soup sound delicious. So glad you loved it!!!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      it’s a delicious soup!! 🙂

  7. Posted October 29, 2014

    This looks awesome, I can’t wait till it cools down so I can actually enjoy soup 😀

  8. Sissi says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Well thanks a lot: now I am hungry! 🙂

  9. Krista says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Looks so yummy! Definitely adding it to my list to make!


  10. Alysia M says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to try it this fall. What section of the grocery store would I find chicken base granules or chicken bouillon? Thank you!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      Near the chicken stock!

  11. anu says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Please share your recipe for chicken tortilla soup

  12. Posted October 29, 2014

    this. looks. amazing.

  13. Kerry says
    Posted October 29, 2014


    Love anything thick and heavy on a cold fall/winter’s day.

    Will be making this this weekend!

  14. Catherine says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This looks so good, and perfect for the fall weather we’re finally having as of today here in Texas! I also wanted to throw in that soup and fall are like my black cat and my white anything! 🙂

  15. Valérie says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Hi! Sorry if it’s obvious but what the measures “T” and “C” stand for? Thank you!

    • Kate says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      Tablespoon and Cup!

  16. Tyana says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Looks so yummy!!

    check me out


  17. Laura says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    …and they all lived happily ever after! Comfort 101! Thanks for sharing, Kate.

  18. kathleen says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    Im loling at the cat hair denim comment. So funny.

    • valerie says
      Posted October 29, 2014

      I know. I instantly thought of black wool coats as well.

  19. Kerri says
    Posted October 29, 2014

    This soup looks delicious! Do you have the potato soup recipe per chance?

  20. Posted October 29, 2014

    This sounds amazing! I’m going to have to find a cool day before spring/summer kick in here is Australia to make this! And figure out what rice pilaf and herbs of province are. But I’m up for the challenge!

  21. Posted October 29, 2014

    Ooo… I need to give this one a try. Love the Turmeric and rice additions. Have actually been reading up on Turmeric, b/c of its benefits for those with arthritis. On my blog I have a roux-based chicken noodle soup I love, using chicken base as well, but I’m intrigued and might have to branch out. 🙂 Thank you for consistently inspiring your readers!

  22. Alex says
    Posted October 30, 2014

    It looks great. I must try. Thanks for the recipe

  23. Posted October 30, 2014

    I actually really like the boullions. I’m not a fan of celery, cooked carrots, or onions though, so I’d leave these off. If I was doing this for my son I’d have to leave out the milk and butter for non-dairy alternatives too as he is allergic to dairy. Homemade chicken sup does sound pretty good though, so maybe I’ll have to hunt around for a good recipe that does fit my needs.

  24. Joy says
    Posted November 3, 2014

    The weather here in Memphis has finally realized it’s supposed to be Autumn and was quite chilly this weekend. So I thought it a perfect time to try this soup recipe! My family really liked it. The addition of the rice was perfect. My hubby and I tasted it before the rice was added and we both agreed the soup was asking for rice! Lol Thank you for the recipe!

  25. Marissa says
    Posted November 4, 2014

    I enjoy creamy soups and cooking, but have never actually made my own soup. When I saw this recipe I knew it would be perfect and decided immediately that I had to make it. I took my 2 year old daughter to the store with me on Saturday to get the ingredients and she then helped me and my husband in the kitchen, which was a blast. The soup smelled amazing on the stove and when we sat down to eat it, we both said that it was, hands down, the best soup we’ve ever had. The recipe makes a lot and I’ve been happily eating it every day for lunch at work. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I’ve passed it on to several co-workers who keep asking what smells so great 🙂

  26. HilaryT says
    Posted November 8, 2014

    I started making this exact recipe this fall. I’ve made it several times and it is a winner with the whole family (and some of my kids are picky eaters!).

  27. Bethany says
    Posted February 16, 2015

    A little late commenting but I’ve been making this soup regularly since you posted it & I wanted to let you know it is my absolute favorite soup! The only problem is that I could eat it at least once a week but my hubs has to have variety. So thankful we live in a colder climate (Asheville) so I can make this soup well into spring!

  28. jack says
    Posted May 17, 2017

    Grill chicken is a mid year top choice, and a lighter other option to oily broiled chicken. Another fascinating other option to browned chicken is a heated chicken covered with bread morsels or ground cornflakes-the outcome is a sodden, firm dish that avoids the undesirable cooking oil.