Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

This soup has quickly become a family favorite. I wanted to make this soup for two reasons:

1. I love cheese soup, but my husband doesn’t think of it as a “meal” because it’s missing meat. So, I thought that chicken would make an awesome addition!
2. I wanted to try and make a cheese soup minus Velveeta. Don’t get me wrong- I love Velveeta and am not against using it, but I wanted to try and attempt something from scratch.

This soup went above and beyond my greatest expectations- it was cheesy, hearty, warm, and delicious. You can’t go wrong with it!

Serves: 8

Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 heads fresh broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces (or 2 bags of frozen broccoli)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • a couple shakes of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic over medium high heat until tender (just a couple of minutes).
  2. Add butter and flour, lower heat to medium, and cook until roux is bubbly and starting to brown (it will start to smell amazing!).
  3. Pour roux into a large stock pot and add chicken broth, stirring the entire time you add the broth to prevent lumps.
  4. Add chicken, broccoli, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and hot sauce to stock pot and cook for about 35-40 minutes (less if using frozen broccoli).
  5. Stir in cheese and milk until cheese is fully melted and serve.



897 cal


15 g


113 g


76 g
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31 Responses to “Chicken and Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe”

  1. Thanks so much for the recipe! I'm going to try it tonight. My sister says, "You always are making new recipes." It's true, because I love trying your recipes and usually have everything in the house to make your new ones. Biggest hits so far were your sweet and sour chicken, ranch chicken taquito recipe, and cheesy vegetable soup. My kids are flexible so they please everyone.
  2. hi there- love you blog/recipes, etc.... I am wheat intolerant, what would you replace the flour with in this recipe? There is a whole cup which is a lot for any other thickener, just wondering if you had any thoughts. I love Broccoli Cheese Soup, but it's been a long time. Warmly, Barb
  3. I just made this soup on this cold, snowy Sunday. It was incredibly good! I was a little worried about how it would turn out as my roux was a little clumpy, but I could not have been more impressed. I plan on making this recipe again and again, thank you so much ladies!
  4. Im sick today and all I want is some broccoli and cheese soup. I didnt feel like making it but its so easy. I used frozen broccoli and frozen diced chicken so it only took maybe 30 minutes to put together which was awesome. I added way more cheese and I used a gluten free flour and it turned out great, I was worried about using the whole cup of flour but it turned out just right. I also always spice things a little more than directed. Always to taste. It was a fast and delicious soup.
  5. Julie Johnson
    I just thought I'd get back on here tonight to tell you that I made this for dinner & it was THE BEST broccoli soup I've ever had & the 1st I've ever made! I loved the kick the cayenne pepper gave & the how hearty the chicken made the soup. It was double awesome because I was able to feed 8 people & still have some leftovers, which I will enjoy for my lunch tomorrow! :) The 8 people consisted of 4 adults (2 of which are starving college aged boys) & 4 children. We enjoyed it with French bread & a small salad. Talk about a hit! Thank you, Julie
  6. This recipe was incredible, like seriously the best. I admit I made a few small tweaks though. I used chicken thighs instead of breast, I added julienned carrots, and I omitted the hot sauce and cayenne because my man hates spicy stuff. Even though it turned out amazing I would love to stick closer to the recipe next time by adding the spicy elements since I personally love spicy stuff.
  7. Currently making this soup. I’d recommend editing the instructions to include heat setting and also to melt the butter first before adding the flour. I just added it at the same time and tried to save it... this was my first time making a roux. I will see if this comes out okay or not considering how the roux was messed up. I needed more directions for heating as well which thankfully I found in the comments, but it should already be part of the directions.
    • Carey Hathaway
      I tried this recipe. What am I supposed to sauteing the onion and garlic in? The butter? And there was so much flour in that 1/2 c. of butter that there was NO letting it get bubbly, it was so thick, more like a paste that I had to add more butter or liquid so that it wouldn't burn. And I must say that 8 cups of chicken broth is NOT NEAR enough liquid for all of the thickness that all of that flour had going on! I had to use a HUGE stock pot and keep adding liquid. Not to mention all of the cheese floated to the bottom of my pot and burned!!!! It could be a good recipe, but I think you left some stuff out!
  8. I made this tonight and everyone loved it! I used Perdue shortcuts grilled chicken and frozen broccoli. I think I made the mistake someone else mentioned of not melting my butter before adding the flour, but I fixed it when adding the broth to the roux slowly. My husband doesn’t do straight milk and I was all out of unsweetened almond milk, so I used a can of cream of chicken soup (yes I know it has milk in it). I used cheddar and mozzarella, but the cheddar had trouble melting and was quite globby. Not sure what I did wrong. Overall, it was delicious! All 3 kids ages 3,9,11 liked it! Paired with Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Yum yum!

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