Chicken & Corn Chowder with Cheesey Cornbread

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Serves2 people
Chicken & Corn Chowder with Cheesey Cornbread

Whip up a loaf of warm cornbread and dunk it in a smokin' good bowful of chicken, sweetcorn and rainbow chard chowder.


  • 150g polenta
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 100g Cheddar
  • 200g crème fraîche
  • 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g diced chicken leg
  • 500ml boiling water
  • 2 corn on the cob
  • 200g rainbow chard
  • A handful of coriander

Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 35 mins

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1. Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper. Pop the polenta, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika and a generous amount of salt and pepper in a large bowl.
2. Grate the Cheddar. Add two thirds to the bowl. Pour in 100g crème fraîche and 6 tbsp warm water. Stir together with a fork to make a dough. Pat into a round. Carefully lay the dough on the baking tray. Flatten it down so it’s around 3cm thick. Scatter over the remaining Cheddar on top. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 25 mins till golden brown on the outside.
3. Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the onion. Peel and grate the garlic. Finely chop the chilli, flicking out the seeds for less heat if you prefer.
4. Heat a deep frying pan or wok. Add 1 tbsp oil with the chicken. Cook for 3-4 mins, stirring, till golden. Add the onion and cook for 2 mins. Add the garlic, chilli and 1 tsp smoked paprika. Stir together for 1 min.
5. Pour in 500ml boiling water. Stir together and simmer for 15 mins.
6. While the chicken simmers, pull the silks off the corn. Slice a slither off the bottom of each corn cob so they're flat. Stand them upright and run a knife down the corn to slice off the kernels. Finely shred the rainbow chard leaves and rainbow stalks. Roughly chop the coriander, keeping the stalks and leaves separate.
7. After the chicken has cooked for 15 mins, spoon out 2 tbsp of the cooking liquid and mix it with the remaining crème fraîche. Pour it back into the pan. Add the sweetcorn kernels and coriander stalks. Add the rainbow chard in large handfuls, stirring each addition to wilt before adding the next batch. Bring to a bubble and simmer for 5 mins.
8. Taste and season. Spoon into warm bowls. Scatter over the coriander leaves and sprinkle over a pinch of smoked paprika. Serve with wedges of warm cheesey cornbread.
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