Chunky chicken & ham chowder

Chunky chicken & ham chowder

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Easily halved
Rich and creamy, yet low in fat - you could also make this warming soup with fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal341
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre5g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.66g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

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  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced



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  • 3 medium potatoes, cut into small cubes



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  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 700ml skimmed milk
  • 2 ready roasted chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into chunks



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  • 2 thick slices ham, chopped
  • 175g each frozen sweetcorn and frozen peas


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  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the leeks over a low heat for 3 mins until softened. Stir in the potatoes and flour, then slowly blend in the milk, stirring with a wooden spoon. Bring to the boil and simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 mins until the potatoes are soft.

  2. Add the chicken, ham, sweetcorn and peas, then stir over a medium heat for 5 mins or until hot and bubbling. Season to taste and serve with crusty bread.

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4th Oct, 2014
I agree that adding something to perk up the flavour is a good idea - my take on this is to add a teaspoon of vegetable bouillon powder when I add the flour. But have made it many times and it's always a winner!
26th Mar, 2013
My family enjoyed this. Very filling. I didn't have a cooked chicken so I poached some in the milk with a bay leaf. I also added a glass of white wine which was left in fridge.
22nd Aug, 2012
I had never made or even eaten chowder before.......I halved the recipe as was cooking for 2, but needed much more milk, and it took longer for my pots to cook through. Other than that it was quite nice - I had really good quality ham, so that helped. Not sure it will be a regular dinner, but made a nice change!
25th Aug, 2010
I used leftover roast chicken and scaled down the ingredients to make a lunch for two. Very tasty and filling. I agree with previous comments that an addition of herbs improves the flavour.Also needs a good twist of the black pepper mill.
6th Jul, 2010
I loved this recipe - it is low fat yet very filling. I did mine with smoked haddock and sea food selection and it was gorgeous! The smoked fish gave it good seasoning too. Plenty of black pepper!
6th Apr, 2010
It tastes so light, creamy and delicious. And very easy to cook!
22nd May, 2009
I thought this was delicious and easy to make. Added thyme as suggested and had to use spring onions. Tasty and filling.
25th Mar, 2009
Great low fat recipe and the family loved it. I serve it with some garlic bread. I added some thyme and other herbs. I personally add some tobasco in my bowl to add a kick to it.
15th Mar, 2009
Tasty indeed - added carrots instead of peas as did not have any and paprika to give it a little more taste. Used fresh chicken breast that I floured and pan fried quickly before putting them in the soup - the eat was moist and tender.
5th Sep, 2008
Tried this last night with the kids (who can be a little picky!) and a great thumbs up was given all round. As with previous reviews, might try a bay leaf or similar to make it a little more perky but it was great all the same.


11th Sep, 2013
Would this be ok in a slow cooker?
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