Cheesy Chicken & Ham Chowder

Cheesy Chicken & Ham Chowder

Winter is still here. It reared its ugly head and dumped 6 or 7 inches on us the other day, though most of it is gone now. When the days are cold like this, I love to have a piping hot bowl of homemade soup for lunch, and I’m especially fond of chowders. A batch of soup freezes well and makes for several hot lunches throughout the month. This satisfying soup is filled with shredded chicken, diced ham and delicious melty cheese.

Cheesy Chicken & Ham ChowderAs you know I founded the Secret Recipe Club. Each Monday a bunch of bloggers post their recipes from their secretly assigned blog and reveal themselves to everyone. Sometimes on Reveal Day there’s what we call an orphan. That means that whoever was supposed to make something from this particular blog didn’t. Whether they simply forgot or had a real life emergency, it still leaves someone without a reveal to look forward to.

Cheesy Chicken & Ham ChowderOn Monday there was one orphaned blog, Krista from Double Dipped Life. The beautiful thing about The Secret Recipe Club is that no one likes to see anyone left out. So quite often when word spreads, someone will come forward and make something from that blog. This time it just happened to be me. :)

Cheesy Chicken & Ham ChowderWhen I started browsing Krista’s blog I was actually quite happy to find that her and I have very similar tastes. So many of her recipes were tempting me! In fact when I shopped for the soup ingredients this morning, I also bought what I needed to make her spinach dip!

Cheesy Chicken & Ham ChowderThere were quite a few others too, but this soup really jumped out at me. Krista’s version is called Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup and uses Swiss cheese, inspired by the dish of the same name. I’m actually not a big fan of Chicken Cordon Bleu itself, but the recipe looked really satisfying, so I made a few adjustment to suit my own tastes and love the way it turned out.

shredded chickenBecause I was in a hurry, I threw some chicken breasts into my pressure cooker to give them a shredded consistency. Krista’s suggestion of using a store bought Rotisserie chicken is excellent, but I hit the grocery store pretty early so there weren’t any ready yet.

HamThis would be a great soup to make after Easter when you have all that leftover ham! Since I didn’t have any leftovers, I used some ham steaks I actually had in the refrigerator.

Spinach Artichoke JackAnd finally, because no one in this family besides me will eat Swiss cheese, I decided to use one of my favorite cheeses of all time. It’s called Spinach Artichoke Jack and I get it from Sam’s Club. Love, love, love. Besides… it’s made here in Wisconsin! ;-)

Easy to put together and ideal for using leftovers, you’ll want to add this one to your menu. Thanks for a great recipe Krista! Also, come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAidRed Star Yeast and Le Creuset

Cheesy Chicken & Ham Chowder
Recipe Type: soup, dinner, lunch
Author: Amanda Formaro
Serves: 8
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 14-oz can chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked ham, diced
  1. Wash potatoes and pierce the skin with a fork. Microwave for 5 minutes. Rotate them, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until done.
  2. Meanwhile, in a stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the garlic and onion, and let cook until tender and garlic is just beginning to brown, stirring frequently.
  3. Sprinkle the flour over the onion mixture in the pan and stir together with a wooden spoon. Let the mixture cook for 1 minute, stirring regularly. Slowly add the milk a little at a time while whisking constantly. Add the chicken broth, and whisk well. Bring mixture to a simmer, and heat until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  4. While your soup is thickening, cut the microwaved potatoes in half length-wise and scoop out the flesh. Cut or mash into small pieces. Measure out your chicken, ham and cheese.
  5. Turn the heat to medium-low, and add the potatoes. Sprinkle the soup with salt and pepper. Add the cheese, chicken, and ham. Warm through and serve hot!
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 260 Fat: 9.9 g Saturated fat: 3.1 g Unsaturated fat: 2.8 g Carbohydrates: 27.8 g Sugar: 5 g Fiber: 2.7 g Protein: 14.6 g Cholesterol: 46.6 mg

Makes 8 1-cup servings

The nutritional information was calculated using Spinach Artichoke Jack which contains 100 calories per 1-ounce serving.

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20 Responses to Cheesy Chicken & Ham Chowder

  1. 1

    The soup looks so good! I’ve never heard of Spinach Artichoke Jack, but I bet I’d love it! I love Spinach Artichoke Dip!

  2. 2
    April @ Angel's Homestead says:

    Wow! This soup looks delicious, and something me and my family would really love. Your photography is awesome too.

  3. 3
    Velva says:

    Chicken and ham chowder…very nice. It’s a really nice twist on traditional chowders. The artichoke Jack is a nice twist on traditional cheese too. I have never seen it before.


  4. 4

    What a really wonderful sounding chowder, Amanda! I’m also headed over to Krista’s blog now to check out her recipes.

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    Katrina says:

    That sounds so good! And I want that cheese!

  6. 6
    SallyBR says:

    What a great post! You picked a perfect recipe for the weather we’ve been having, although today it’s warming up quite a bit, and took care of an orphan to boot! Awesome!

    wonderful photos!

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    Rhonda says:

    My kind of soup! I’m a cheese fanatic, I must find that cheese!

  9. 9

    A little different combination…sounds delicious!

  10. 10

    Beautiful… wonderful your work, congratulations!
    I loved your tips!
    I love your site, i will visit more often!
    kisses! (Brazil)

    Also visit the Sweet Kitchen.

  11. 11

    so great that you stepped up and helped out by making this. soup looks great.

  12. 12

    Holy cow Amanda! You surely did this recipe proud. I love that it has chicken AND ham (not to mention cheeeeese). Good on you for taking on this particular orphan this month. I’ll step up as soon as possible to foster an orphan too. This month just wasn’t possible. You do/did a fantastic job! Please hand me a spoon :)

    • 12.1
      Amanda says:

      Thank you Renee! I think next time I would even cut down the ham by half since ham adds such a strong flavor. The chicken couldn’t compete, but I think that’s because i cooked it in the pressure cooker. A rotisserie chicken would have added much better flavor I think!

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