How to Bake Chicken Breasts in Cream of Chicken Soup

Baked chicken with cream of chicken soup is almost too easy not to have in your personal recipe book for an easy home-cooked meal. But the canned soup most often used for the recipe adds a lot of extra fat and sodium to your healthy chicken.

While your cream of chicken soup recipe with chicken breast is OK from time to time, with a few tweaks here and there you can make a tasty and healthier version of the classic dish.
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While your cream of chicken soup recipe with chicken breast is OK from time to time, with a few tweaks here and there you can make a tasty and healthier version of the classic dish.

Tips

Baking chicken and cream of chicken soup is a super easy dinner meal. Simply place your chicken in an oven-safe baking dish, cover with your soup and bake in a preheated 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 25 minutes, or until your meat thermometer indicates the chicken meat has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more: How to Bake a Plain Chicken Breast

The Creamy Classic

Based on data from the USDA, on average Americans eat more than 64 pounds of chicken per person a year. If you're eating chicken on a regular basis, you may always be searching for new and innovative ways to prepare the healthy protein.

But sometimes nothing beats a classic recipe like baked chicken with cream of chicken soup. Campbell's Kitchen features a version of the recipe using cream of mushroom soup, which inspired this simple recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) of condensed cream of chicken soup

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place chicken in a 2-quart baking dish.
  3. Cover chicken with soup and cover dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serves 4.

Taste of Home has a similar recipe, but includes additional ingredients, such as sour cream, chives, paprika, salt and pepper. The Taste of Home recipe also uses both the cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups.

Read more: General Nutritional Facts About Chicken

Cream of Mushroom Chicken Casserole

If you're searching for a chicken recipe that feels more like a complete meal, then the cream of mushroom chicken casserole may be the way to go. This casserole dish combines chicken, rice and the cream of mushroom soup to create this one-dish meal. All you have to add are the veggies.

This recipe is also inspired by a cream of mushroom chicken and rice recipe featured on Campbell's Kitchen and takes about an hour from prep to table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the soup, water, rice and pepper in a 11x8x2-inch baking dish.
  3. Place chicken over soup and cover dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the chicken has cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and rice is tender.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 4

For a side dish, consider sauteed fresh baby spinach or green beans.

Healthier Baked Chicken Dish

Baked chicken with cream of chicken soup is a simple and tasty meal. But the canned soup used to create the creamy flavor is high in calories, fat and sodium. According to the USDA database, one can of condensed cream of chicken soup has 274 calories, 18 grams of total fat and 2,140 milligrams of sodium.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams a day. That one can of soup contains almost your entire daily limit, so you'd get a quarter of your daily sodium in just one serving of the chicken dish. Getting too much sodium in your diet increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Cream of mushroom soup has slightly less sodium, with 1,834 milligrams per can, but it's still excessive.

Instead of a cream of chicken soup recipe with chicken breast, create a healthy mushroom gravy by sauteeing sliced button mushrooms in oil over medium heat until soft, then add low-sodium chicken broth, chopped green onions, salt and pepper and bring to a boil and remove from heat. Pour your mushroom gravy over your chicken after it's been in the oven for 15 minutes, then bake for another 15 minutes or until your chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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