Sunday, September 30, 2012

Grain Free Cream of Chicken or Mushroom Soup

Today I am having the family over to celebrate my oldest son's birthday and we are having one of his favorites for dinner, Chicken Divan.  Since I am the only wheat/grain free person in the house and this is his birthday...I am making it the "regular/traditional" way for them.

Chicken Divan is one of those family favorites that I have been planning on "revamping to wheat/grain free" for a while now and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out on a smaller I am making a separate small casserole for myself on the side.  Making it wheat/grain free involves two parts -- one, substituting the buttered bread crumbs with toasted, buttered almond flour to top it with; and two, coming up with a wheat/grain free cream of chicken soup to make the sauce with.

Since I had also been planning to try making wheat/grain free homemade cream of mushroom soup (to use in other casseroles like the green bean casserole I make at Thanksgiving) I figured I could kill hit two birds with one stone with this experiment (that is such an ugly saying...about killing birds and all).  I decided that since I am the only one eating my "test casserole recipe", I thought I would make it something that I really like (hence I made a wheat/grain free "cream of mushroom/chicken soup" combination (hubby doesn't like mushrooms and I love them).  I am really pleased with how it turned out too.  I made a small batch as the test run -- and it resulted in about 1-1/2 cups of creamed soup after reduction; plenty enough for my little casserole.  Check out the pics below as well as the easy-peasy recipe.  Enjoy!

Diced mushrooms are sauteed until most juices evaporate
Added the minced chicken
Liquids have been added and ready to start reducing
A close-up of the finished product
The recipe yielded about 1-1/2 cups
 The recipe is below:

Grain Free Cream of Mushroom/Chicken Soup
(Makes approximately 1-1/2 cups of cream of chicken/mushroom soup)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 oz mushrooms, diced (or 1/2 to 2/3 cup finely minced cooked chicken for cream of chicken)
1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum (slightly more if you want thicker soup)
3/4 cup chicken stock
3/4 cup half-n-half or heavy cream
Dash tamari sauce, optional

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms have released their moisture, about 8-10 minutes.  Stir in chicken stock and half-n-half or cream and when the mixture is hot, sprinkle xanthum gum across the surface, whisking until well blended into the soup.  Simmer uncovered until soup is thick and reduced, about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.  When the soup is the thickness you desire, remove from heat.  Stir in optional dash of tamari.  The soup can be eaten as is or used as a substitution for canned creamed soups.  If you want it thicker, more like the condensed canned soups, add a tiny more xanthum gum while simmering.  

***Note:  I added about 1/4 cup finely diced chicken breast to my cream of mushroom soup as it was simmering (so I actually made cream of mushroom/chicken soup).  You could easily substitute any other item such as small cooked broccoli florets to make cream of broccoli, etc. or make any type of "cream of whatever" soup.  The possibilities are endless.  Hope this helps you recreate some of your old favorites too!


CyberSis said...

What a great "alternative" to canned soup for use in recipes! Thanks for inventing and sharing it.

I just discovered your wonderful blog while browsing the WB site. I'll be spending lots of time here!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.

Unknown said...

hey have you tried to freeze this? i was just thinking of making alot and freezing for when needed for casseroles and the like but didn't know how it would hold up considering the cream and all.... thanks!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Emma! No, unfortunately I have not tried to freeze it yet -- but it's a great idea (if it thaws okay). Next time I make it, I may try freezing a small portion and then thawing a week or so later to see how it holds up during the thaw process. I would not freeze a large batch before finding out with a small test batch first. If you try it before I do, let me know how it works. It would be better than awesome it it worked well! :-)

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend and I LOVE your cream of mushroom soup! I initially made it last year for Thanksgiving and tried to sub it for condensed cream of mushroom soup in the green bean casserole (I've also made it several times since just to enjoy as soup). It tasted wonderful, but was definitely "soupy" lol. Any ideas how to convert this to a condensed cream of mushroom soup? Thanks for all that you do! Jen

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Jen! Thanks -- glad you both like the soup. Do you add the xanthum gum to the soup? If not, that will help. Otherwise, if you already add it, I would maybe add an ounce or two of brick style cream cheese to help thicken it up more. See if that helps! :-)

Unknown said...

Do you think I can replace the cream with cashew milk since it's dairy free? It can also be made as thicker or thinner by the amount of water added.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Lesley -- yes, I think that should work just fine. Let me know how it turns out -- that's a great idea! :-)

Kathy said...

What kind of mushrooms do you use in this recipe? Am I correct that you use white mushrooms. TIA

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Kathy -- I just used plain white button or regular type mushrooms. But, if you prefer using other kinds, you can do that too -- use your favorite kind (my son's favorite is portabello mushrooms). :-)

chris said...

Can we get a SAVE button for this recipe please? It's a most useful keeper! Thanks!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Chris -- Yes, I will add the save button to it this evening! :-)