Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup (Paleo, Dairy Free)

Sharing content is one of the best ways to support this blog!

Winter wouldn’t be the same without a giant bowl of soup. My current pick? Creamy chicken and mushroom soup!

This soup recipe is dairy free, gluten free, paleo, and Whole30. And how do you get that creamy base without using any dairy? The secret might surprise you!

Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |

Admittedly, sharing this recipe and talking about warming up in the cold feels a little strange right now. In Fargo, it’s unseasonably warm. We’re talking days in the 30s.

To some of you, that might seem crazy chilly, but for us North Dakotans, it’s like the whole state decided to skip off to Florida for a vacation. Usually, we’re plunged into subzero temps by now!

But with snow still clinging to the grass, this creamy chicken and mushroom soup still seems right.

How to make creamy dairy free soup

You can make creamy soup without any dairy a few different ways.

First, you could always use coconut milk or whatever non-dairy milk you prefer. But there’s a downside… Usually that means your soup ends up tasting like the nut milk you choose. I really didn’t want coconut flavored mushroom soup!

Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |

So that brings us to the second way to make creamy dairy free soup. Veggies!

Cauliflower and potatoes create the base of this chicken and mushroom soup. Surprised?

Both cauliflower and potatoes boil into tender, blendable pieces. It’s the same strategy you use for sweet potato or squash-based soups. And since both cauliflower and potatoes are relatively neutral in flavor, the mushrooms and chicken get to shine here.

Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |

More soup recipes

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup (Paleo, Dairy Free)

  • Author: Chelsea at
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American


This dairy free soup uses cauliflower and potatoes to create a creamy base. Feel free to remove the potatoes and use a little more cauliflower if you prefer!


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (~1 tablespoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 5 cups broth (I used homemade bone broth)
  • 1 cup yukon gold potatoes, cubed
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into large chunks (x cups)
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish


  1. Heat ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.
  2. Pour in broth, then add potatoes, cauliflower, thyme, sage, and rosemary. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the broth to a boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower and potatoes are fork-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, add chicken breasts to a small pot and sprinkle with salt. Cover completely with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 12 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred using two forks. Set aside.
  5. Carefully add the entire contents of the potato, cauliflower, and broth pot to a high-powered blender. Add 1/2 cup mushrooms to the blender. Blend for 4-5 minutes, until mixture is completely smooth.
  6. Return the cauliflower mixture to the pot. Add mushrooms, chicken, salt, and pepper to the soup, stirring to combine. Cook over low, stirring frequently, until heated through. Serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.

Keywords: creamy chicken and mushroom soup


Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |
Bowls of dairy free chicken and mushroom soup on a dark background |


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

14 thoughts to “Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup (Paleo, Dairy Free)”

  1. Thank you for this fabulous recipe! I love that it uses no cream base like dairy or coconut milk yet still tastes creamy. That’s a huge plus! It turned out great even though I messed up and put the mushrooms in with the cauliflower(I quickly scooped out what I could before blending). Mine didn’t turn out as beautifully smooth as yours probably because I used an immersion blender but it was still delish!!
    I found that i needed a cup or so more of broth and had to use a spice blend that had sage in it since i was out of regular sage. This one is a keeper and I will be sharing it with all my friends!!

  2. This is a must-try! Something that will pique the interest of my guests on a Sunday dinner at my house.
    Something that is healthier and delicious to try. Thank you for sharing this wonderful and amazing recipe.

  3. Well, yep, this is ridiculous. I made a few tweaks and did a second batch of onion, shallot, garlic, peeled cubed potatoes and mushrooms and sauteed that in more butter after blending the soup. I threw in shredded chicken from a bird I roasted, and then poured the blended cauliflower / potato / mushroom / homemade bone broth mix and let it simmer for a bit. This is diary free, tons of veggies absolute genius! Thank you!

      1. Ok well, I had SOMEHOW forgotten about this miracle and your reply made me think of it! And guess what I had in my fridge today? Chicken, defrosted homemade chicken stock, cauliflower and a few old potatoes. All I had to do was buy some mushrooms and I was set! I tried almond flour biscuits for the first time to eat with it and NEXT LEVEL LET ME TELL YOU. Thank you again times a million, this is the drug that sends you off into the blissful food coma high.

  4. The soup looks so creamy and tasty. This soup probably tastes so good because of its texture, ingredients, and of course, because of mushrooms. Mushrooms are indeed very tasteful and healthy. It is always perfect when you mixed it with your dish. This is a must-try recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Wow! this is a yummy recipe. The picture looks so mouth-watering. This will be added to my list. What a new way to eat healthy food. I’m sure my family will love this.

    1. That’s strange – it should definitely be a soup when you’re using 5 cups broth! Yes, add more broth until you reach a soup-like consistency.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.