Low-Fat Clam Chowder

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
You’d never guess that a rich and creamy clam chowder could be low-fat, but this one is! With lots of potatoes, turkey bacon and seasonings, this slimmed-down version, shared by Linda Tindel of Avondale, Arizona, is loaded with flavor.


  • 2 turkey bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cubed red potatoes
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free half-and-half


  1. In a large nonstick saucepan, cook bacon and onion over medium heat until onion is tender. Add the potatoes, clams, broth, celery and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and half-and-half until smooth; stir into potato mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 202 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 778mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat-free milk.