Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder

I haven't made a new post on this blog since AUGUST 5th, 2015!! Needless to say, this school year has kind of been out-of-control crazy. Between teaching a brand new grade level that is nothing like I'm used to, AND getting knocked up, I haven't had much time to do anything.

But this is SO DELICIOUS, it requires an entry in the blog. This weather is perfect for soup, so make this now!

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (3 c)
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used real bacon bits)
  • 1/4 c butter, diced into 1 tbsp pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 c)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/4 c)
  • 1 - 2 jalapenos, seeded for less heat if desired, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c all-purpose flour
  • 6 c low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced slightly less than 1/2-inch thick (3 c)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 c fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 c half and half
  • Green onions and seeded, finely chopped jalapenos (optional), for serving

  • In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add red bell pepper, onions, jalapenos and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer. Stir in flour, and cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. While stirring, slowly add in chicken broth and whisk until well blended.
  • Add potatoes, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil stirring frequently, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or just until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in cooked chicken, corn and half and half and simmer, uncovered 10 - 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Serve warm topped bacon, green onions, and optional jalapeno peppers.

    Original recipe found here.

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