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Chicken and Ham Soup

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At $4.30 a bowl, our easy to make one-pot Chicken and Ham Soup is ready and on the dinner table in 30-minutes! Enjoy a delicious soup that mimics a Chicken Cordon Bleu without the time and preparation! We blend together the wonderful flavors of BBQ Chicken, Smoked Cherrywood Ham with Swiss and Cheddar Cheese finished with a crunchy topping. This easy to make soup tied for first place in a soup cook off! Read on for step by step instructions and 5 tips for making this soup!

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5 Tips for Making Chicken and Ham Soup

  1. Chicken: Using a Rotisserie Chicken is a quick option to prepare this soup in 30-minutes. A BBQ Rotisserie Chicken adds wonderful flavor!
  2. Ham: A good quality Ham such as Cherrywood Smoked Ham or Maple Glazed Ham steaks are perfect because you want to keep layering the flavors. 
  3. Thicken Soup: To thicken the Chicken and Ham Soup, my preference is to use arrowroot since it thickens at a lower temperature and can be added near the end of making the soup. Plus it is a good option for freezing. 
  4. Chives: A blend of dried chives in the soup topped with fresh chives adds a nice light onion flavor. 
  5. Crunchy Topping: Experiment with different crunchy toppings such as tortilla strips and Fritos!

Making the Chicken and Ham Soup

  1. Olive Oil: Heat the Olive Oil in a soup pot.
  2. Add Onions: Add the sweet onions and celery cooking until tender.
  3. Add Stock: Stir in the Chicken stock.
  4. Soft Boil: Cover the soup pot bringing to a soft boil.
  5. Prep: In the meantime, chop the Chicken and Ham into bite size pieces.
  6. Add Protein: Add the Rotisserie BBQ Chicken and Cherrywood Smoked Ham. Mix into the chicken stock. 
  7. Add Cheese: Blend in the Cream Cheese. Add the Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese. Stir into the soup. 
  8. Season: Mix in the dried Basil, salt and pepper.
  9. Cook: Cover, and simmer for 10-minutes to heat through.
  10. Thicken Soup: To thicken the sauce spoon a little of the broth into a small bowl. Whisk in the arrowroot and add back into the soup. Stir. Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  11. Serve: Ladle the Chicken and Ham Soup into soup bowls topping with your favorite crunchy toppings and fresh chives.

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Chicken and Ham Soup

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At $4.30 a bowl, our easy to make one-pot Chicken and Ham Soup is on the dinner table in 30-minutes! A delicious soup that mimics a Chicken Cordon Bleu.
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Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken and Ham Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Servings
Calories: 703kcal
Author: Bernice
Cost: $4.30 a bowl

Equipment

  • Soup Pot
  • Cutting board and knife

Ingredients

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ cups Sweet Onions diced
  • 1 cup Celery chopped or diced
  • 64 ounces Chicken Stock
  • 5 cups Rotisserie BBQ Chicken chopped or diced
  • 1 pound Cherrywood Smoked Ham. chopped or diced
  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 3 cups Swiss Cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp Dried Chives
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot thickening

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh Chives
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Croutons
  • Fritos
  • Any crunchy topping

Instructions

Chicken and Ham Soup Instructions

  • Heat the Olive Oil in a soup pot.
  • Add the sweet onions and celery cooking until tender.
  • Stir in the Chicken stock, cover bringing to a soft boil.
  • Chop the Chicken and Ham into bite size pieces.
  • Add the Rotisserie BBQ Chicken and Cherrywood Smoked Ham. Mix into the chicken stock.
  • Blend in the Cream Cheese.
  • Add the Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese. Stir into the soup.
  • Mix in the dried basil, salt and pepper
  • Cover, and simmer for 10-minutes to heat through
  • To thicken the sauce spoon a little of the broth into a small bowl. Whisk in the arrowroot and add back into the soup. Stir.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Ladle into soup bowls topping with your favorite crunchy toppings and fresh chives.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate depending upon serving size and ingredients. Cost per serving can vary based upon the price of ingredients. Optional toppings are not included in the cost per serving.
Tips
  1. Chicken: Using a Rotisserie Chicken is a quick option to prepare this soup in 30-minutes. A BBQ Rotisserie Chicken adds wonderful flavor!
  2. Ham: A good quality Ham such as Cherrywood Smoked Ham or Maple Glazed Ham steaks are perfect because you want to keep layering the flavors.
  3. Thicken Soup: To thicken this soup, my preference is to use arrowroot since it thickens at a lower temperature and can be added near the end of making the soup. Plus it is a good option for freezing. Chives: A blend of dried chives in the soup topped with fresh chives adds a nice light onion flavor.
  4. Chives: A blend of dried chives in the soup topped with fresh chives adds a nice light onion flavor. 
  5. Crunchy Topping: Experiment with different crunchy toppings such as tortilla strips and Fritos!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Ham Soup
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 703 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 1763mg77%
Potassium 786mg22%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 53g106%
Vitamin A 1349IU27%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 512mg51%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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