Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

Kevin found this recipe and has been wanting to try it. So, last night, we gave it a go. It was very good, and I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. We wanted to try it with bread bowls, but didn’t have the chance to. Panera was out of them (how is that even legal?!?!?), and we didn’t have enough time to bake bread. This is not an original recipe, he got it off of Cooking Classy. I love this blog. Great recipes and great photos.ย Here is the recipe from the blog post…

Ingredients

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (3 cups)

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled*

1/4 cup butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces

1 large red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 cups)

1 medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/4 cups)

1 – 2 jalapenos, seeded for less heat if desired, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced slightly less than 1/2-inch thick (3 cups)

2 bay leaves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn

1 1/2 cups half and half

Directions

-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.

Recipe Source: adapted with some changes from BHG

I used my parents’ Le Creuset to cook the soup. We topped it with bacon, green onions and shredded cheese, and Kevin bought some Rosemary & Olive Oil bread to dip in it.ย IMG_1170 IMG_1169


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