20 Minute Chicken & Corn Soup

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Published: Jun 3, 2024 by Lucy · This post may contain affiliate links · 16 Comments
A thick and creamy Chinese chicken & corn soup recipe that will on the table in just 20 minutes… and tastes even better than your local Chinese takeout version!

When the weather cools off, this is one of my favourite soup recipes!

It takes only 20 minutes to make… and tastes just like your favourite takeaway Chinese chicken & corn soup!

The ultimate midweek family dinner when served with plenty of bread rolls or savoury muffins!

Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese chicken corn soup is also known as egg drop soup.

It’s a traditional Chinese soup that is usually made with a chicken broth base swirled with ribbons of egg.

On a side note – for such a simple soup, you’ll be blown away by its delicious flavour!

This chicken corn version takes an already EPIC soup to a whole new level by adding shredded chicken to the mix.

On a scale of 1-10, this soup is an 11.

Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe

What’s not to love about a flavour-packed, healthy soup?

Here’s why it’s going to become a family-favourite in no time:

Budget-friendly – this soup is made entirely from budget-friendly ingredients (most of which you’ll find in your pantry or fridge already!)

Great for kids – this soup is a perfect family-friendly option with it’s mild, sweet flavour. You can also add in a packet of 2 minute noodles to make it even more kid-friendly.

Quick and easy – by using a supermarket cooked BBQ chicken or shredded chicken, this soup will be on the table in just 20 minutes!

Stovetop or Thermomix options – this soup is so simple to make on either the stovetop or in a Thermomix – scroll to the recipe card below for both easy methods.

Midweek meal – midweek dinners need to be fuss-free, quick and delicious. This soup ticks ALL those boxes!

What You Need

This budget-friendly, healthy soup is made using just a few basic ingredients:

Note: please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredient quantities and full detailed method.

Chicken – I recommend using a store-bought BBQ chicken or precooked shredded chicken for this recipe. It’s a great timesaving option and means that you’ll have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes! If you prefer, you can poach and shred two small skinless chicken breasts. It’s a little more time consuming, but you’ll get the same delicious tasting soup in the end!

Corn – this recipe uses a mix of creamed corn and corn kernels which gives you the perfect texture of a creamy soup with little bursts of sweet corn kernels as well. 

Egg whites – to get that classic Chinese egg drop soup, you simply drizzle 2 lightly beaten egg whites into the soup while it’s cooking… so easy!

Cornflour – thickens up the soup making it rich, sweet and creamy.

Sauces and flavourings – a mix of soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, chicken stock, garlic and spring onions (scallions) take this classic soup to a whole new level!

Step By Step Instructions

Have this tasty chicken corn soup on the table in 20 minutes with just a few simple steps.

Note: please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredient quantities and full detailed method.

Step 1 – Bring To The Boil

Place the chicken stock, garlic, creamed corn, corn kernels and half of the spring onions into a saucepan or pot. Cover with a lid and bring this stock to the boil.

Step 2 – Simmer

Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.

Step 3 – Add The Chicken & Sauces

Stir through the shredded chicken, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Step 4 – Thicken The Soup

Dissolve the cornflour in a little water, then stir through the soup and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Adding cornflour will thicken the chicken soup to a creamy consistency.

Step 5 – Add The Egg Whites

Gradually drizzle through the whisked egg whites and stir.

Step 6 – Serve

Serve with extra soy sauce and chopped spring onions on top.

Chicken Corn Soup Variations

This soup is so good you’ll want to make it over and over again. But if you’re after something a little different, check out these variations: 

Expert Tips

Chicken – I recommend using a store-bought BBQ chicken or precooked shredded chicken in this recipe for convenience. If you prefer, you can poach and shred two small chicken breasts.

Noodles – if you’d like to make your soup even heartier, add a packet of 2 minute instant noodles (discard the flavour sachet) in the final 2 minutes of simmering.

Serving suggestions – serve this soup drizzled with extra soy sauce, chopped spring onions and a side of crusty bread.

Storing – 20 minute chicken and corn soup can be stored in the fridge, and reheated and consumed within 2 days.

Freezing – if using pre-cooked chicken that has cooled before using in the soup, then this soup is not suitable for freezing. However, if you poach and shred your own chicken and use it immediately (while still hot) then it can be frozen.

Can I double this recipe? Of course! Just make sure you have a large enough pot to cook the soup in. What is chicken and corn soup made of? A combination of corn kernels and creamed corn is cooked with liquid chicken stock, spring onions, shredded chicken, and then flavoured with sweet chilli sauce and soy sauce with thin ribbons of egg white throughout. Can I make chicken and corn soup in a Thermomix? Absolutely! I have included instructions for both the stove top and the Thermomix in the recipe card below.

If you’re looking for healthy and nourishing soups to keep you warm all winter long, then browse my collection of soup recipes – from classic roast pumpkin to chicken noodle, cauliflower to pea & ham and more!

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Chicken Corn Soup

Simple Chinese Chicken Corn Soup made in just 20 minutes… a super healthy recipe that’s perfect for an easy lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. 

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Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: Chinese, Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes minutesCook Time: 15 minutes minutesTotal Time: 20 minutes minutes
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Lucy – Bake Play Smile

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InstructionsConventional MethodPlace the liquid chicken stock, garlic, creamed corn, corn kernels and half the chopped spring onion in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and then simmer for 5 minutes.Add the shredded chicken, soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Add the cornflour dissolved in a little water and stir. Simmer for a further 5 minutes. Gradually drizzle in the whisked egg whites and stir until cooked. Pour the soup into serving bowls and top with the remaining spring onion and extra soy sauce. Thermomix MethodPlace spring onions and garlic into the Thermomix bowl. Chop on Speed 5 for 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides and repeat. Add 1 tbs olive oil and saute for 3 minutes, 100 degrees, Speed soft.Add the liquid chicken stock, creamed corn, corn kernels and shredded chicken and cook for 15 minutes, 100 degrees, Reverse, Speed 1.Set the timer to 2 minutes and mix on Speed 1, 100 degrees. Slowly add the soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, cornflour (mixed with water) and the lightly beaten egg whites.Pour the soup into serving bowls and top with the remaining spring onion and extra soy sauce.

NotesRECIPE NOTES & TIPS

Chicken – I recommend using a store-bought BBQ chicken or precooked shredded chicken in this recipe for convenience. If you prefer, you can poach and shred two small chicken breasts.
Noodles – if you’d like to make your soup even heartier, add a packet of 2 minute instant noodles (discard the flavour sachet) in the final 2 minutes of simmering.
Serving suggestions – serve this soup drizzled with extra soy sauce, chopped spring onions and a side of crusty bread.
Storing – this soup can be stored in the fridge and reheated and consumed within 2 days.
Freezing – if using pre-cooked chicken that has cooled before using in the soup then this soup is not suitable for freezing. However, if you poach and shred your own chicken and use it immediately (while still hot) then it can be frozen.

NutritionCalories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1004mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2.1mg

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