Serves 4
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This thick and hearty chowder comes together easily in your slow cooker, for a simple and delicious dinner that you can set and forget. Both kids and adults will love this slow cooker chicken and corn chowder that is essentially comfort food.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion (150 g), chopped finely
  • 2 rindless bacon slices (130 g), cut into 2 cm (¾-inch) pieces
  • 1 stalk celery (150 g), trimmed, chopped finely
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1.2 kg (2½-pound) whole chicken
  • 2 trimmed corn cobs (500 g)
  • 500 g (1 pound) potatoes, cut into 2cm (¾-inch)pieces
  • 1.25 litres (5 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

Heat oil in a 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker on sear (HIGH) setting; cook onion, bacon, celery, thyme and bay leaves, stirring, for 5 minutes or until vegetables soften. Add chicken, corn cobs, potato and stock. Cook, covered, on low, for 8 hours.


Carefully remove chicken and corn from cooker. Shred chicken coarsely using two forks; discard skin and bones. Using a small sharp knife, cut kernels from corn cobs. Discard cobs.


Stir milk and cornflour in a small bowl until combined. Return chicken and corn to cooker with cornflour mixture. Increase heat to reduce setting on low; simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins or until chowder thickens. Season to taste.


Serve chowder sprinkled with fresh chives. Accompany with crackers or grilled crusty bread.

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