July 18, 2024


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24 Recipes That Use A Can Of Cream Of Chicken Soup

24 Recipes That Use A Can Of Cream Of Chicken Soup

When a recipe calls for a can of cream of chicken soup, you can count on a cozy, comforting meal to come. This dependable and versatile ingredient is on the ingredient list for some of the creamiest recipes we’ve yet to meet. It’s the foundation of so many savory simmering sauces and a must-have among our favorite chicken casseroles. 

The poultry cousin of cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup the two are often paired together to create the most comforting combinations. You’ll be hard pressed to find some classically beloved recipes like King Ranch Chicken (and all its essential variations) or cornbread dressing without at least one of these creamy soups. Don’t underestimate the mealtime potential of this simple store-bought ingredient. The flavor and creamy texture that cream of chicken soup adds to any dish just can’t be beat. 

From pasta bakes to not-quite vegetarian veggie sides and even Tex Mex delights, a can of cream of chicken soup will make the difference between a bland and boring dish worthy of taking seconds. Make sure to empty every last drop out of that aluminum pot of gold and your dinnertime crew will be licking their plates clean. Here are our best recipes starring a scrumptious can of cream of chicken soup.

Stacy K. Allen, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

If comfort food is what you’er craving, then King Ranch Chicken Casserole is well-suited to satisfy. Hailing from Texas, this classic dish is a hardy, flavorful, and cheesy crowd-pleaser.

Photo: Jennifer Davick

We didn’t think it was possible, but we mad a classic Kind Ranch Chicken Casserole even more comforting with this recipe. The trick is that we took some of the cooking off your hands. Let your trusty slow-cooker do the hard work.

Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Just as cozy and satisfying as the original, this healthful take on a classic casserole takes it easy on some of the heavier ingredients. Luckily, it’s still as creamy and comforting as ever thanks to a can of cream of chicken soup and another of cream of mushroom.

Alison Miksch

Another well-loved King Ranch recipe, this soup couldn’t be more easy and delicious. In just 35 minutes, you’ll be serving up restaurant-worthy Tex-Mex soup for supper.

Jennifer Davick

A delicious hybrid between a King Ranch Chicken Casserole and macaroni and cheese, we truly outdid ourselves with this recipe. In addition to the cream of chicken soup on the ingredient list, a rotisserie chicken is a tasty shortcut for making this dish in a pinch.

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

This easy and cheesy dupe for mac and cheese is the vegetable-forward dish that your kids will love as much as you do. It will be the star of weeknight supper or a standout at any potluck.

Southern Living

What’s more comforting than a one pot recipe? Nothing. The easy preparation and clean-up will ease your dinnertime tensions and creamy, cozy chicken dinner will comfort eager mouths around the table just as much.

Victor Protasio; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

A stick-to-your-bones casserole recipe is a must-have in your recipe box. This one just might serve up a touch of nostalgia for Mama’s kitchen with every cheesy, comforting bite.

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Thanks to this recipe, your favorite snack may become your favorite dinner too. Layers of crushed Doritos and Cheddar cheese are an unbeatable combination.

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Our easiest ever take on chicken and dumplings has a few tricks up its sleeve. We use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits to get cozy and classic supper on the table in just 40 mintues.

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We’ve long trusted Joanna Gaines’ judgement on what should go in the kitchen, and that’s no longer limited to shiplap and apron sinks. This chicken pot pie recipe is delicious as-in—certainly not a Fixer Upper.

Iain Bagwell

This classic chicken and veggie stew is topped with a deliciously buttery biscuit. Double up on the cornbread biscuits recipe—you can never have too many.

Laurey W. Glenn

This versatile Southern side dish will be a hit at your next potluck, cookout, or weeknight family dinner. A can of cream of chicken soup goes a long way in making this veggie dish creamy and filling as can be.

Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell

This dressing comes straight from the recipe box of Hallmark Channel actress Lacey Chabert’s great grandmother. It’s flavorful, decadent, and has withstood the test of time and come out on top.

Hector Sanchez

This casserole is creamy as can be, but gains some structure and crunch from layers of corn tortilla. If you find yourself making this dish constantly (it’s that good!), swap out the chicken for shredded BBQ brisket or pulled pork for some variety.

Southern Living

Can’t decide between the cornbread dressing and squash casserole recipes on this list? Here’s the best of both worlds.

Sheri Castle

This retro dish will be a hit at your next shindig. Think of it as a hybrid between your go-to cold chicken salad and a chicken casserole—all underneath a crispy, indulgent crust.


This recipe’s ingredient list has all the easy and delicious staples that we love to see for a Tex-Mex casserole. Sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese, a can of chopped green chiles, and another of cream of chicken soup guarantee a successful supper.

Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

This Southern Living family recipe just might overthrow your family’s go-to dressing. A dish so good takes time, though: Prepare the bread and chop the veggies two days ahead of time.

Southern Living

This superb weeknight dinner requires only 10 minutes of hands-on time. Go ahead and make some homemade salsa while the enchiladas simmer in the oven, if you so please.

Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

We’ve yet to meet someone who can say no to a helping of this warm, comforting, nostalgia in a pan. Also known as “Funeral Potatoes,” we’ve found that this casserole will be welcome for any occasion.

Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Layers of sauce, spinach, cheese, and chicken will satisfy the whole family. Better yet, this dish freezes beautifully and requires very little active cooking time.

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Free up hot commodity oven space by preparing this tasty recipe in your slow cooker. It will be the star of the Thanksgiving sides, but we understand if you just can’t wait until November to indulge in this delightful dressing.

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Another take on a beloved classic potato recipe, this one will warm you to your bones. Bring this to your next church potluck and you’ll find yourself the event MVP.