warm me up. [chicken & potato corn chowder]

November 8th, 2011 by | comments

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in California, so I’m taking full advantage–donning boots, hats and scarves, and cooking/eating hearty meals. This chicken and potato corn chowder is the ideal comforting dinner on a chilly night.

For you soup fanatics out there, check out my potato and carrot soup, or my butternut squash soup. Or, head over to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and check out Christina’s soup roundup.


5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, poached

1/2 lb. bacon, cooked; reserve bacon grease (about 4 tbsp.)

Olive oil

1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

4 large russett potatoes, peeled and diced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 1/2 bags frozen sweet corn

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 cups homemade chicken broth

1/2 tsp. cayenne

Salt and pepper, to taste


Add chicken to a large pot. Pour homemade chicken broth into pot, just enough to cover the chicken. Bring the broth to a simmer over medium heat, skimming occasionally. Continue to simmer until the chicken is fully cooked, about 20-25 minutes. Drain the chicken, reserving the broth.

Heat the bacon and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook until the bacon fat is rendered and the meat firming but not yet  crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon and place slices on plate lined with paper towels. Keep the bacon grease in the pan.

Saute the onion and garlic in the bacon grease (about 4 tbsp.). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until the onion and garlic begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Add the potatoes, red pepper, corn and carrots. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 8 additional minutes.

Add 2 cups homemade chicken broth to the pot. Bring the broth to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down the heat to medium and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add the cream and reserved chicken. Return the chowder to a simmer, season to taste with salt, pepper and cayenne. Serve hot. Top with crumbled bacon bits, if desired.

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  • Bacon, onion, & garlic. With those 3 ingredients to start a dish, it just has to be good!

  • wow… fabulous soup! Great minds think alike as I just made a similar soup!! We are having a slight dip in temperature here too, tho not quite yet for boots or hats!! Regardless, I have no problem having a wonderful bowl of warm soup!

  • Finally, someone else who thinks it’s ok to re-use bacon grease! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Amy

    I love thick and hearty soups! This looks chock full of yummy things :)

  • There’s nothing like a good bowl of chowder that makes me feel warm and cozy on a winter day. And since its getting colder here, I think I will enjoy making this chicken and potato corn chowder recipe

  • Just on time, it’s been cold the last three days here in Kansas, and your hearty and warm soup is a very good choice. Thank you Caroline.

  • That is one thing I love about cooler weather – hats, gloves and scarves! :) There are just too many cute options. This soup looks so comforting and good. I’m feeling warm and cozy just looking at the pictures.

  • That looks so hearty and delicious – and of course, you have to have the bacon bits! :) I’m loving the fall weather now, too – just took a little bit of time for me.

  • So rich and creamy!

  • This looks so think and delicious! Hardly even need any bread to mop up the juice with! Going to have to give this a try once we are done with the move – nothing like a hearty bowl of soup for comfort!

  • I love chowder – so creamy and delicious, but you know, I can never hear, or say the name without thinking of that Simpsons episode where that chef gets murdered for pronouncing it “Chowd-her” instead of “Chowd-eurgh”… or something like that at least. Sets me off giggling every time :D Nice warming dish Caroline, perfect for this nasty grey weather we’re having right now!

  • I love chowder too, this does look hearty, it would be excellent fo a rainy day lunch!.. thank you caroline! c

  • egg me on

    Wow! Now that’s comfort food. I think I could eat an entire pot of this in one setting.

  • Yum, thats exactly what I needed today

  • i must smell really good!!!

  • This looks delicious and so hearty!! Yum!

  • wow does that look good. Bacon and cream with all of those veggies.

  • Now that’s what I call “PURE Comfort Food.”

    WOW. Yummy, Caroline. X

  • So, what does fall feel like in California anyway? I love how thick and hearty this chowder is… a warming, full of goodness dish!

  • Ann

    Now THAT’S a soup! What a stunning dish…and your pictures are fabulous!

  • That (stew-y soup?) does look cozy and warming.

  • That looks so rich, hearty and a very satisfying meal.

  • What an incredibly flavourful meal – don’t think I will wait for the cold weather to make it though.
    :-) Mandy

  • if that doesn’t warm someone up I don’t know what will! It looks divine and flat out the most comforting meal you can find! Delicious

  • I loved the fact that you said home made chicken stock ..it does make all the difference.
    I love everything about this recipe and I look forward for trying it this week

  • Mmm…looks so warm and delicious! Are you a SoCal or NorCal California resident? I’m originally from just outside San Francisco. I miss it!

  • Corn chowder sounds so American and so exotic to me! It looks fabulous!

  • Simply love chowders! This looks delicious!

  • Wow, this is an amazing chowder. The chowder looks so delicious, creamy and fabulous!

  • This soup speaks all of my gluttonous food tendencies. Delicious!

  • It’s so cold lately and I totally want to have this for dinner. I like how rich and creamy yours is. I need a nice french bread and I’ll be a happy camper!

  • That looks so good and hearty! Perfect to snuggle up to on a cold night.

  • This looks amazing, the perfect dish for these lovely cool fall days, I love all the veggies in here too!

  • I love wintery dishes like this, the chicken corn chowder looks so warming and delicious!

  • I could use some warming up today! This looks warm, filling and delicious.

  • Caroline, this looks soooo good! I am in soup mode. Cooking, packaging and freezing. Today is Baked Potato, but this looks like it will make the cut for the weekend! YUM!

  • This looks awesome, Caroline! Nice work!

  • I love using homemade chicken stock in my recipes, it does make the dish. This is perfect comfort food! :) I am so hungry looking at your photo’s!

  • This looks SO good! Im all about chunky stews and chowders – I LOVE sweetcorn and bacon n stew, so this has me all over it!

  • YUM! Looks so good! Perfect for movie night around the fireplace!

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