Chicken and Corn Chowder and a Soup Blog Hop

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s getting cold (in some places it’s been cold for some time) and that means one thing: soup and lots of it. I’ve been craving corn chowder for a while and Nami’s recent post on Chicken and Corn Chowder with Roasted Potatoes over at Just One Cookbook pushed that craving right over the edge. Corn chowder has always presented a bit of a dilemma for me because really it should be made in the summer with sweet, fresh corn that’s perfectly in season. But something about the scorching heat just doesn’t put me in the mood for a steaming hot bowl of anything. When I really want it is Fall and Winter, when something so creamy and comforting is welcome. So, in a decidedly non-seasonal attempt to assuage my cool-weather desire for chowder I turned to frozen kernels. Canned is another good option. Sometimes you just want a bowl of chowder.

I knew I wanted shredded chicken in there too and while I was planning on being lazy and buying a rotisserie chicken for the occasion an unbeatable sale on whole chickens led me to roast a chicken for dinner one night, which allowed me to make the stock for this soup  and provided the meat. Talk about economy. Potatoes are a must in many soups for me, especially chowders, so those are in there too. Most corn chowder recipes call for bacon, which provides the flavor base for the whole soup, and I wholeheartedly endorse this method. But in Israel the bacon that is available is overpriced and of a low quality so I avoid using it unless a recipe really requires it. Feel free to cook three or so strips of bacon at the beginning, remove them, and cook the mirepoix in the bacon grease at the beginning of the process. Add the crumbled bacon back in at the end. Not using bacon also means this recipe is more easily adjusted for vegetarians – just use vegetable stock and omit the chicken.

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Chicken and Corn Chowder with Potatoes
 
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This chicken and corn chowder is hearty and comforting, perfect for the colder months. Omit the chicken to make it vegetarian as well as kosher dairy, while omitting the flour or finding a gf alternative makes it easily gluten free.
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Recipe Type: Entree, Appetizer
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • ¾ cup diced carrot
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced Bell pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1½ cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups corn kernels (frozen, canned, or fresh)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped chives, for garnish

Directions
  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery, Bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the flour and stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in the broth and potatoes, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add the corn, milk, and cream and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the chicken and thyme and cook until chicken is heated through.
  8. Put the remaining 2 tablespoons flour in a small bowl and add a ladle full of broth. Whisk together to form a slurry and add back into the chowder. Stir to combine.
  9. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately and top with chopped chives, if desired.

Notes
Kosher dairy and vegetarian if chicken is omitted Gluten free if flour is omitted or a gf alternative is used.

Linked up at the Soup Recipes Link Up over at The Local Cook


62 Comments

  1. Oh, I love corn chowder! Yours looks perfect~

  2. Katherine, this soup looks delicious.. and I added my cream of pumpkin soup to your blog hop!

  3. This chowder looks so delicious! Thanks for letting us link up!

  4. Your chowder looks delicious! I absolutely love corn chowders…they are so comforting and creamy. I added two of my favorite soups – love the link up idea! Thanks!

  5. Great blog hop idea, especially with the months getting colder. That spoonful of ingredients at the end of this post does look delicious. I will need to try your version, thanks for sharing it and these links.

  6. have not tried corn chowder before. yours does look very yummy & comforting for colder days, something for me to try on cooler rainy days here.
    have added my beef bone soup recipe. thanks for letting me share on your blog hop

    • Thank you for linking up your soup Shannon! I love corn chowder, it’s definitely perfect for a rainy day. I hope you try it some time!

  7. As a child, I loved Campbell’s Chunky chicken corn chowder. Thankfully, I learnred to cook! Yours looks to be exactly how I love it! Happy Friday!

  8. Love all of the soups! Thanks for hosting this party!

    • There are seriously some amazing looking soups in the blog hop! Enough to inspire me all winter long. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. That’s a bowl of comfort! You are so right about the cold weather and wanting lots and lots of soup. I just made cream of kabocha and wild rice soup and update my post to link up here. Thanks for hosting. Have a great weekend!

  10. Your soup is amazing. I know it’s not summer, but I can do the next best thing and pull out a bag of corn that I froze from this summer. I’m going to have to give this a try even though it’ll be in the 60s later today. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. Oh Katherine, you sure are a motivating person! I made this recipe that I saw at Just one cook book last week. It was delicious!
    So I’ll upload soup on the Weekend and add my link…
    Have a great weekend Katherine!

    • Eri you’re so sweet! I love that you made Nami’s soup, isn’t she great? Thanks for linking up and have a great weekend!

  12. Your chowder looks great, I love the photographs! Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

  13. Hi Katherine, thank you so much for mentioning my name and blog. I’m so glad my post “pushed you over the edge”! Hehee. Now we get to see your delicious corn chowder! :-) What a stunning photo. I struggled with my photography (that’s why there are too many unnecessary things in the picture). You made a good point – we should make corn chowder in summer. SF is sometimes cold enough in summer to make it. Lucky me!?

    • Thank you Nami – and thank you for the inspiration! :-D Oh stop it, your photos are absolutely stunning! I didn’t think there was too much stuff in your photo at all. SF does get cold in the summer! What’s that famous quote – “the coldest winter of my life was the summer I spent in SF” or something ;-)

  14. I haven’t had corn chowder in a loooonng while! Maybe it is time for me to join you and Nami, and make a version of my own too. =) Both of your recipes are very inspiring! And sorry if I went a little crazy with inlinkz. Soup is one of my favorite things to eat. I cook them year round, and the Chinese have a practice of pairing certain soups to a season – kinda like how wine lovers pair wine with foods. Have a great weekend!

    • Haha well the name of your blog is Chinese Soup Pot so I would guess that you love soup! ;-) Thanks for linking up! I love the idea of pairing soups to the season.

  15. Great soup – i made a corn chowder http://delishhh.com/2011/11/07/corn-chowder/ a few weeks ago and loved it.

  16. I love soups like this that have real body to them so they’re a meal in themselves! :D

  17. Looks and sounds delicious. I’ve never made a chowder before but it sounds perfect for the cold English winter!

  18. I’m distraught to hear that bacon is a tough item to get! That might be a deal breaker for me moving to Israel! Your soup sounds incredibly delicious…WANT!

    Buzzed :)

    • Hahaha I know, but it’s really not a huge surprise, bacon not being kosher and all! I was happy we could even find it at all! Thanks so much :-D

  19. I love corn chowder and especially in this weather it’s just awesome! I actually made some the other day but cheated, just bought knorr mix and added some canned creamed corn and potatoes and veggies to it.
    This one looks incredible and the photographs are just so beautiful!

    • That’s barely cheating! Like I said, sometimes you just want chowder…and you need to do whatever you can to make that happen! Thank you so much Asmita :-)

  20. colourful delicious looking soup

  21. This is one impressive chowder. The corn just pops right off the screen. Love it Katherine. The pictures are truly outstanding.

  22. The soup looks warming, comforting and delicious indeed!

  23. It’s not easy to make soup look good (or at least, it’s not as easy as dessert) but this just looks stunning. What a delicious recipe!

    • Aw thank you Joanne! I tried a few different angles and backgrounds before finding some that worked to make a good photo. Soup can be a little tricky!

  24. I love chowder’s but can’t bring myself enjoying it during scorching hot summer’s here in Florida. Love the photos, Katherine — so drool-worthy :D

  25. This sounds amazing! One of my favorite soups is corn chowder:-) Love finding that there is a soup blog hop, so many beautiful soups here! Hugs, Terra

    • Thank you Terra! I love soup so am so excited that so many folks have linked up their amazing recipes! Thanks for stopping by :-D

  26. I completely agree with you…soups are something that I rather prefer having during fall/winter season. This is one of my favourite. Yours is definitely more wholesome and healthy :)

  27. Soups and stews are so perfect for these dark, cold evenings we’re having now. Thank you for sharing your delicious corn chowder and so many links to other terrific looking soups.

    • Yes, I hate how early it gets dark now! But it does mean soup time, which I relish. I can’t wait to try many of the soups linked up here, thanks Hannah!

  28. Omg, I love the chicken and corn combo on this chowder! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  29. Good recipe. For summer if corn is super fresh you can just cut the kernels off a couple of ears, and cream the kernels on a couple of more, and mix together with some cream and maybe a bit of scallion, green pepper, and spices – and serve cold! Kinda sorta a chowder. Nice photo with the spoon – I’ve been working on that technique, too. I think it’s the best way to photograph a lot of foods that don’t have much color (although your corn chowder has plenty of that) but lots of texture.

    • Thank you! Yes, there’s nothing quite like fresh corn. I love your no cook version for summer! Totally agree about the photo technique. This chowder does have color, but you sort of have to dig to get to it, which is why it works well here I think.

  30. Gorgeous chowder! As a New Englander, I have high chowder standards, and this looks fantastic.

  31. I just did a very abbreviated version of this on my blog (vegan soups). I love that all the links have pictures. Looks awesome!

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