Chicken and Corn Cheddar Chowder Recipe

A Hearty Summer Meal Idea

Chicken and Corn Cheddar Chowder Recipe

Corn is starting to show up in my local grocery store and I can't wait for when it's at its peak later this summer. A good way to work my way up to that is by making this great home made chowder!  Hearty and chock full of vegetables, beans, and chicken, it's sure to fill you up on a summer day when it's still slightly cool out. You can use corn that is canned, frozen, or right off the cob.  Serve with a tossed green salad and some warm buttermilk biscuits.

3 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely  chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cumin
4 cups chicken stock
1 red potato, diced
2 cups white beans, rinsed and drained
12 oz (341 ml) can of corn (or you can use 1 ½ cups of frozen/ fresh corn cut right off some cobs
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese

  In a large soup pot, fry up the bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels and blot. In the same pot using the bacon grease, sauté the onion and celery until tender. Stir in the flour and cumin for about a minute, then add the stock, potato, and beans. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then turn down to medium low and simmer until the potato is tender, about 10-15 minutes. Taste your bits of potato to make sure they are as tender as you like.

  Take the pot off the heat and stir in the cream, bacon, corn, cheese, and chicken. Stir well and put back on the heat, but don’t let it boil. 

Makes 6 servings

Adapted from Spill The Beans

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