My foolproof family dinner - Chicken and Corn Chowder

My foolproof family dinner - Chicken and Corn Chowder

I'm having one of those days.

You know the ones I'm talking about. Those days where everything's just a bit too hard.

Where you don't have the energy to work and you can barely muster up the energy to even put pants on let alone do something productive.
Where you avoid eye contact at the school drop off point because you know you don't even have it in you to offer up a fake smile. Yeah, one of those days.

It's days like this that I like to have a really yummy, comforting and EASY dinner planned that I know everyone loves and is basically just a great big hug in a bowl. Yes I could just make it a take aways night, but I like to reserve those dinners for my busy days not my 'meh' days.

I figure I'm probably not the only mama doing it tough right now, so I might as well share it with you all. Because at the end of the day I think we all need a hug every now and then.

And the best part? It's cheap and all of my kids love it (including the toddler)

Okay, so here it is! My foolproof, family friendly, hug in a bowl, super easy and budget friendly Chicken and Corn Chowder!

Pro Tip: just call it 'soup' or 'stew' if your kids look at you suss because they don't know what 'chowder' is and you think that might put them off. 

Chicken & Corn Chowder


  • 1 onion
  • 5  bacon rashers (I prefer streaky bacon)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 cooked barbecue chicken (from the supermarket) with meat removed from carcass
  • 1 can corn kernels (do not drain)
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 L milk


Add a little olive oil to a large heavy bottomed pan (I use a cast iron pot.) Saute onion and diced bacon until the onions have softened.

Add dice carrot and diced potato. Add the chicken, then the can of corn kernels (including the liquid). Add the can of soup, then the milk.

Simmer for 30 mins or until veggies are soft. Add water if you prefer more liquid in your soup or leave as is for a thicker, stew-like consistency.

Garnish with salt and pepper and serve with warm crusty bread.

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