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My Favorite Chicken Chowder

Stir up a batch of my favorite chicken chowder to keep you warm and full all weekend long!

This Chicken Chowder is one of those recipes I find myself making almost once a month once the weather starts to get cold. Besides being so easy to make, there’s just something nostalgic about a warm bowl of soup for dinner as the days get shorter. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to dip crusty bread into a bowl of creamy, savory goodness?

The first time I made this soup was December 2014 a few days after Bryan proposed. One of our good friends helped Bry organize the surprise dinner that followed immediately after the proposal. So as a thank you, we had him over for dinner and I made this soup. Man was it so good! In fact, Bry and I loved it so much we easily made it at least four more times that winter.

chicken-chowder

 

As with most soups, this recipe is a great way to use up any leftovers in your fridge. In fact, that’s where the cream in the recipe came from. I can’t remember why I had a small carton of leftover light cream, but I figured I replace half of the milk with it, and it added such a wonderful richness that I now buy cream just to make this recipe. The same goes for vegetables. I prefer to use a bag of frozen mixed veggies, but it also works well with any leftover ones you may already have.

To make this a quick dinner, I usually use a rotisserie chicken, but you can also buy raw chicken breasts and just poach or bake them ahead of time.

spoonful-chowder

Now lets get to cream soup vs chowder. Growing up out west, if someone said “chowder” it was assumed they meant clam chowder. Otherwise everything else was a soup. So I initially called this recipe “chicken soup”. However, Bry argued that it is actually a chowder due to having chunks of potato in it. So to settle this debate I went to the food experts. According to Food Network, a chowder is a thick, milk or cream-based soup, that contains chunks of vegetables and/or fish. A cream soup, on the other hand, contains pureed vegetables with no visible chunks. Looks like another win for Bry :/.

Whether you call this a soup or a chowder, I highly recommend making a big batch and inviting friends or family over to share!

So here’s a toast to our first bowl of chowder as now a married, not just engaged, couple!

My Favorite Chicken Chowder

Cook Time40 mins
Servings: 9
Author: The Healthy Toast

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water separated
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk could also use soy or cows milk
  • 2 cups light cream could also use a non-dairy light creamer
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken Base or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 10- oz bag mixed vegetables I prefer to use one with broccoli, peppers, and cauliflower in it
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 small yellow potatoes washed and cut into small cubes
  • 1 rotisserie chicken cut into bite-sized pieces*

Instructions

  • Bring almond milk, light cream, and 1.5 cups of water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.
  • Once boiling, add chicken bouillon, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt (optional) to pot. Stir in frozen vegetables and return to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover pot with lid. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • White the soup is simmering, prepare a slurry by whisking flour with 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes, add potato cubes and continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes soften.
  • Finally, add cooked chicken and slurry to pot and stir well. Allow to cook another 5-10 minutes to warm the chicken. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Enjoy!

Notes

*Or a 1.33 lb raw chicken breast, cooked.
Adapted from Skinny Taste

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  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    October 14, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Soup is the BEST fall food. What a sweet memory you have of serving this to a dear friend after becoming engaged 🙂

    • The Healthy Toast
      October 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Tara! And yes, there’s nothing more comforting than soup and a chilly Fall day 🙂

  • Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table
    October 15, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I’m so glad soup season is here! Or chowder season 😉 I think this qualifies as a chowder – and it looks so hearty and warm and comforting – YUM!

    • The Healthy Toast
      October 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Kathryn! It is all three of those 🙂