Healthy Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

"From the Mayo Health Organization. This soup is intended for use in casseroles. It is low in fat and sodium."
photo by PaulaG photo by PaulaG
photo by PaulaG
photo by PaulaG photo by PaulaG
Ready In:
6 cans soup mix




  • Blend ingredients.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • When ready to use, combine 1/3 cup soup substitute mix with 1¼ cups water to equal 1 can of soup.

Questions & Replies

  1. hi. what if I wanted to use reg. fresh milk instead of dry milk powder, how much would I need to use? What is soup substitute? is it broth? Can i use chicken broth cubes instead of granules? if so how many?


  1. I doubled this and it worked out to 13 ziplock baggies with 1/3 cup of mix each. The only thing I did differently is I omitted the chicken bouillon granules at first, and then added 1/2 tsp to each bag after separated. I only did this to further cut down on sodium. I made up a serving today for a casserole and it tasted great! Thanks for such a great and healthy alternative!
  2. This worked out beautifully for me. So glad I finally tried it. However, for our family's own preferences, I won't be adding the thyme to future batches. Not that I didn't like the flavor, just that the thyme didn't really go well with the Asian flavor of the dish I was making. Think I'll leave it out and add to separate dishes as needed. Thanks so much.
  3. This was awesome! I was halfway into making dinner when I realized the can of cream of chicken soup I thought was in the pantry had been used. Zaar saved me a trip to the store. It worked absolutely great. The only thing I will probably change next time is they thyme because I discovered my family doesn't particularly care for it. I will definitely be using this instead of the expensive & unhealthy canned versions.
  4. Thank you so much for this. I'm always searching for low sodium alternatives. Used this in a slow cooker chicken recipe and it turned out great. So easy - very happy to have this on hand.
  5. Just made this for the first time and it worked out great. The only problem I found as it was too thin and runny. I heated it up in some cooked ground beef for a casserole that I was making and it thickened up nicely. It either needs to be thickened by heating it up in a pan by itself or with something else that you are cooking. Try making with Herb Ox sodium free chicken granulated bullion by Hormel. This Herb Ox also makes great sodium free chicken broth.


  1. Another great item to have that I got from the Zaar! Cream of chicken is N/A here so this is really a life and time saver! I used it in a corn chowder instead of the milk. Thanks for sharing!
  2. I've been looking for a healthy alternative for all those "hot dishes" I make for my family. The only change I made was I left out the bouillon granules and replaced the water with organic beef broth (to skip some more additives and preservatives). It turned out so yummy! I even used it to replace the cream of mushroom soup in my mom's cheesy potatoes recipe and it worked wonderfully! Thanks for posting such a great recipe!


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