Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder

Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Chunks of chicken with lots of corn in a creamy broth made for a very simple and tasty dinner. Are you noticing a pattern here? Through the month of December, it's all about quick and easy meals in our house. We stay busy with so many other fun things, it's nice to have a easy meals planned through most of the month. This was a great soup to throw together with no advance planning.

Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder
(printable recipe)

2 lbs chicken, this was 3 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onion, roughly chopped
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped jalapenos or green chiles, use what you like for the amount of heat you prefer
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups chicken broth, I used Better Than Bouillon to make a quick broth, so I added no additional salt as noted below
2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon chili powder, adjust to taste, I kept this fairly mild to please the whole family
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, only if needed
1 bay leaf
3 cups milk

Place the chicken in a medium size sauce pan and add just enough water to cover them. Simmer the chicken breasts just until tender enough to shred with a pair of forks or tongs. Shred them in the pot, to re-absorb as much broth as possible. This helps the chicken to stay moist. Let the chicken rest while starting the rest of the soup.

Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the garlic, onion, celery and jalapenos or chiles and saute until tender. Add frozen corn, shredded chicken and the chicken broth. Stir to combine. Add the spices (except for the salt) as listed above. In the bottom of a glass measuring cup, whisk together the arrowroot with 2 tablespoons of milk. Add enough milk to fill the rest of the cup. Add to the pot and simmer to thicken.

Add 2 more cups of milk and simmer again until the soup is warmed through. At this point, taste the soup and add salt if needed. If using homemade chicken stock, you will definitely need salt. Keep warm until ready to eat. Enjoy!

 FREEZER MEAL: Let the soup cool completely before transferring to freeze safe containers. Soup can be reheated in the microwave or it can be thawed first and then reheated on the stove-top.

Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

22 comments:

  1. Sounds really yummy! I'm liking the easy dinner recipes.

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  2. Chicken is a great addition to my favorite soup of all time. This looks so rich and creamy!

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  3. I have made corn chowder, but never with chicken. Yum!

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  4. Hey there, first time here and I must say I like it :)
    I adore "fast food", ready in 20-30 minutes but tasty and healthy. Therefore your chicken is perfect! :)

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  5. I used to think I didn't care for corn chowders until we made one a while back that I loved and I'm sure I'd have the same reaction with this one.

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  6. Yummm...
    Perfect comfort meal for the cold chilly weather...
    Delicious Mary.

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  7. That looks d'lish. I may crock pot that for christmas day. It would be a great item to have for floating visitors or for brunch while waiting for the "EVENT" dinner to begin.

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  8. Looks delicious!! Glad to find your blog & lovely recipes :)

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  9. I love that Better than Boullion, it really comes in handy, doesn't it? The corn chowder looks and sounds tasty.

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  10. There is nothing as wonderful as yummy soup this time of year! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  11. This looks wonderful. I made chicken and rice soup today, but still have some leftover chicken to use. This soup may be next!

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  12. Yum, I love most any kind of soup and this chowder looks wonderful. Also nice that it is so quick and easy to make.

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  13. Oh that looks so warm and comforting!

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  14. Hmmm lovely corn chowder. It's alaways my family's favorite because kids love corns and I love chowders. Now that I am in more warmer country, I suddenly miss this warmth of the soup drinking in colder weather... but I was dreaming of warmer weather when I was in SF 2 weeks ago... hehee. I have something to look forward to when going back - making and having nice warm soup! Lovely recipe, Mary!

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  15. That would be perfect for this cold and rainy day!

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  16. Hay Mary, I gave you an award today, check it out on my blog!

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  17. Quick and easy always sounds good to me! And creamy never hurts :P Love this!

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  18. I love chowder and am very interested in making more soup at our house. This recipe sounds great. Have a wonderful week!

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  19. I'm sure this tastes really good, but I'm getting a kick out of saying the name quickly three times in a row.

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  20. This looks marvelous, Mary! And I especially love that it can be made without a trip to the grocery store...I have all these ingredients on hand :)

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