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Chicken and Swede Corn Noodle Soup.

What's 'Swede Corn' you're wondering? Well, it's an unintentional pun.

Ms C: "Mummy, what's this called?"
Me: "Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup."
Ms C: "Ooooooh. Sweet? I thought it was Swede."
Me: "Well, there is swede in it, but it's 'sweet corn'."
Ms C: "Swede?"
Me: "This bit here. That's swede."
Ms C: "Oooooh, swede corn?"
Me: "..."
Me: "Okay. It's Chicken and Swede Corn Noodle Soup."
Ms C: "..."

  • 1.5 litres chicken stock (homemade)
  • 2 tabs pearl barley
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 swede (rutabaga)
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 310g tin creamed corn*
  • 1 cup green cabbage
  • sea salt
  • fine noodles (eg Fantastic Longlife noodles)
  • 1 egg
  • In a large, heavy pot (at least 2 litres), heat stock to simmer
  • add barley
  • cut swede into small cubes, add to stock
  • cut chicken into small pieces, add to stock
  • finely slice spring onion, celery and cabbage and add to stock
  • Add creamed corn and salt and allow to simmer while someone pops out to get some yummy bread to eat with dinner
  • Add noodles and allow to soften and stir through
  • Lightly whisk egg and stir through soup, keep it moving for a little while to ensure the egg is well dispersed
*High amines and salicylates

Fed my family of 5 eaters easily, with lots of leftovers.
The soup I put into containers to freeze was quite thick and so when I defrost it, I will be adding enough water to make a new broth and let it simmer for a while to really pick up the flavours. A little more salt might be needed.

Everyone loved it!! Ms D  sussed the swede straight away and then declared "Swede is nice in soups! " Ms C was too busy eating to declare anything.

I suppose it just depends on the vegies in the fridge on the day, but I really was aiming for 'not another chicken and vegie soup'. So I avoided carrots, peas etc. I was going to use frozen corn, but there wasn't any!! Corn is not low is Sals, but it's not super high either so I decided it would be okay. Her one serve of Sals of the day. Also, thigh would have been tastier than breast, but you use what you've got!! This is obviously an adaptation of a more traditional Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup, but doesn't have the ginger or soy sauce. If a non-failsafer in the family desperately needed it, then this could be stirred in after the others had been served, but really it's surprisingly tasty and satisfying. A great one-pot winter meal.


  1. That's just too cute!! Aren't kids funny :D Sounds delicious, thank you!


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