While the spring temperatures may be rising in the Northern Hemisphere, it is feeling much more autumnal here in Australia. One of my favourite things to make when the weather gets cooler is this awesome chicken corn chowder. The warmth of a delicious bowl of soup on a cool, crisp autumn day is something I never tire of. I love autumn. I’m totally into wearing sweaters and scarves, enjoying the rare glimpse of autumn colour on the trees (I do wish we had more of that here), and making my favourite warming comfort foods, at this time of year. Soup’s on! But, hey, spring is a good time for soup, too, right? Especially when it’s this good!
I’ve made this chicken corn chowder many times. Over time, I’ve changed it a little, here and there, until I felt like it’s just how I want it. This soup is so creamy and full of flavour. The sweet corn and the savory elements work together beautifully. Jalapenos or green chilis add flavour and a bit of heat. Bacon gives a salty touch. There are heaps of veggies in this soup, too. There’s corn, carrot, celery, potatoes, onion, and garlic. Herbs can vary, as you like. Almost any herb will do. I really enjoy making this soup with fresh chives, but I usually use dry basil and oregano, because I always have them on hand. Sometimes I use cilantro/ fresh coriander. It just depends on my mood. Feel free to top off your soup with a bit of cheddar cheese and extra herbs, to really bring up the flavour. This bowl of comforting goodness is a classic soup that your family will love.
I really must apologize for the terrible phone pictures of this soup. As soon as I snapped one photo of it on my camera, the battery died. I was pretty bummed about that, but just had to share this delicious soup recipe with you, anyway. I hope you’ll look past the blurry pics and try the recipe. It’s worth it, trust me. This soup is so good!
Here’s the recipe. Enjoy…
Chicken Corn Chowder
This chicken corn chowder is so creamy and full of flavour. The sweet corn and the savory elements work together beautifully. This bowl of comforting goodness is a classic soup that your family will love.
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 brown onion, diced
4 carrots, thinly sliced
3 celery sticks, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeno chilis or green chilis, deseeded and finely diced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-sized pieces
6 pieces of shortcut bacon, diced or chopped
½ cup low-fat thickened cream/ whipping cream
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cans of creamed corn
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen corn (good quality!)
4 cups chicken stock/ broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
Herbs such as basil, oregano, chives, and/ or cilantro/ coriander, to taste
Grated cheddar cheese, to garnish (optional)
- Heat large lidded sauce pan or stock pot over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to pot and allow to heat up. Add onion, carrots, celery, and potatoes to pot. Stir vegetables to coat with oil. Cover pot and cook vegetables gently, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and jalapeno to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking for 2-3 more minutes. Be careful not to brown vegetables. Turn heat down to low, if necessary.
- Meanwhile, heat a large skillet, over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to pan. Add bacon to pan and cook for a few minutes, until lightly browned. Add chicken to pan. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stirring frequently, cook chicken until golden brown. Remove pan from heat.
- As meat cooks, heat chicken stock/ broth in large Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk flour into stock until completely incorporated.
- Stir chicken and bacon into soup pot. Add chicken stock/ broth to pot, until meat and vegetables are just covered.
- Put lid on pot. Bring soup just to the boil. Then remove lid and simmer soup for 5 minutes over low heat.
- While soup simmers, cook frozen corn.
- Add creamed corn to soup, stirring well.
- Add thickened cream to soup, gradually, stirring until cream is thoroughly mixed into soup.
- Stir in cooked (frozen) corn.
- Simmer soup for 2-3 more minutes, while seasoning to taste. Remove from heat.
- Serve soup garnished with your choice of toppings, if you like, such as fresh chives, cilantro/ coriander, and/ or grated cheddar cheese.
This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.
All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2018 for a delicious moment.