Soup really is not meant to come from a can. We’ve all done it in a pinch, and it was a staple growing up, but these days we are all about that made from scratch life. We get how quick and easy it is to just pop open a can of soup and stick it on the stovetop or in the microwave, but trust us, the flavor cannot compare to homemade soup. This soup is exactly what we want on a cold, stormy night. We know you’ll agree.
You have a lot of options when it comes to chicken. If you don’t want to cook it fresh, you can always use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked chicken to speed up the process.
You have a lot of options when it comes to chicken broth. You can keep it simple and simply buy the shelf stable cartons of chicken broth, or you can use bullion or even your own homemade chicken broth! We prefer to use low sodium, but you can use whichever you prefer.
Heavy Cream Substitute:
We prefer the richness heavy cream gives, but you can always substitute with half and half if desired.
You can use either fresh or dried herbs, and adjust the quantity according to your own personal taste preferences.
You absolutely can! For a spicy kick, add 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
If not using pre-cooked chicken, you will still need to start by cooking your chicken on the stovetop. Leaving out the flour and remaining butter, add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Make a cornstarch slurry using 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Pour into the slow cooker, cover with your lid, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
Instant Pot Instructions:
Season chicken with salt and black pepper. In pressure cooker pot, heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Add chicken breasts and cook 5-7 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through. Transfer cooked chicken to a cutting board and shred. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to pot and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery for 8-10 minutes, until fragrant and there is additional browning. Sprinkle the flour in and continue to sauté for and additional 4-5 minutes. Add in the cooking wine, broth, and cream, and stir until all is well combined. Add chicken back into pot, secure lid, and set to cook on high for 10 minutes before doing a quick release.