This hearty soup tastes really special, yet despite its creamy texture it doesn't contain any cream. Made with cooked chicken and fresh sweetcorn and potatoes, with a garnish of grilled back bacon, it's substantial enough for a light lunch, served with crusty bread and followed by salad or fruit.
For a creamy chicken soup with mushrooms, use 100 g (3½ oz) chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped, instead of the sweetcorn and potato. Add 1 tablespoon Madeira after cooking the mushrooms for 5 minutes and allow most of it to evaporate before pouring in the stock. Blend a little of the milk with 1 heaped tbsp of plain flour until smooth, then stir in the remaining milk and add to the pan with the chicken and tarragon. Cook, stirring, until thickened.
Milk is an excellent source of protein, calcium and many of the B vitamins. Choose skimmed or semi-skimmed in cooking. * Sweetcorn is a useful source of soluble fibre, which helps to keep blood glucose levels under control. * Bacon provides iron as well as vitamin B1, essential for maintaining a healthy nervous system. Choose small amounts of lean bacon to limit salt content.
Good source of calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E. Useful source of copper, folate, iron, niacin, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin C.