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Chicken Corn Chowder

This Chicken Corn Chowder recipe has juicy chicken, potatoes, and corn in the most flavorful, seasoned broth! It’s garnished with bacon and green onions and is loaded with flavor! You can make this with fresh or leftover/rotisserie chicken!

Be sure to try my Chicken Taco Soup recipe next!

Chicken Corn Chowder in a blue soup pot with a ladle on the side.

Chicken Corn Chowder

This Chicken Corn Chowder is out of this world delicious, it’s definitely earned a spot on our favorites list!

Cooking up some crispy bacon in the soup pot gets things off to a super flavorful start, and the drippings from the bacon are used to make a flavorful roux which thickens this chowder up nicely.

The combination of seasonings puts it over the top, along with a combination of jalapeno and red bell peppers, juicy chicken, golden potatoes, sweet corn, and a garnish of green onions and chopped bacon.  

My favorite part is that it’s not too rich– it’s just right. I can’t wait for you to try it! Don’t miss my PRO TIPS below!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Cook the bacon and set aside. Soften onions, jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, and garlic in reserved bacon drippings and butter. Add flour to make a roux. 

A soup pot with cooked bacon next to a soup pot with cooked onions, peppers, and garlic.

Add chicken broth, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, half and half, and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.

Adding chicken broth and half and half to a pot to make chicken corn chowder.

Add chicken and simmer gently until cooked through. Remove and let rest. Add potatoes and cook until fork tender, 20-25 minutes.

Adding chicken and potatoes to a soup pot with broth.

Add diced chicken and corn. Add cheese, (optional). Garnish with green onions and chopped bacon! Serve with Cheddar Bay Biscuits!

Adding corn and chicken to a soup pot to make Chicken Corn Chowder.

Pro Tips

  • The longer this soup simmers, the thicker it gets, so you can control the consistency with that in mind. I always let it simmer, reduce, and concentrate for at least 20 minutes before I add the potatoes. Once you add the potatoes, you don’t have as much flexibility with cooking time, as you don’t want to overcook them.
  • The hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard powder are flavor enhancers in this soup that can’t be tasted outright. The hot sauce doesn’t make it spicy. I use Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • Heavy cream can be used instead of half and half for a little extra indulgence.
  • Corn: Fresh or frozen corn can be used instead of canned. 
  • Chicken: Leftover/rotisserie chicken can be used in this recipe, though I like to cook fresh chicken right in the broth for more flavor.
  • Potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes are delicious in this recipe, red potatoes would be the best substitute as they hold up well in soups/stews/chowders. I leave the skin on, but you can peel if preferred!
  • Cheese: Shred the cheese from a block, (if using). It will melt and taste much better than pre-shredded. I use Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Yellow.
  • Heat: Green bell peppers can be used instead of jalapeno if you are heat averse. If you remove the white membrane/seeds from the jalapeno, that omits most of the heat. This recipe as written is not very hot. 
  • This chowder pairs well with my Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Be sure to try my Beer Cheese Soup recipe next!

Storage

  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Note the consistency is thinner when reheated, but it still tastes great! 

Chicken Corn Chowder in a blue soup pot with a ladle on the side and bacon and chives on top.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • 4.5 Quart Dutch Oven– This is the one I use that’s pictured in this recipe.
  • Box Cheese Grater– Freshly shredded cheese melts and tastes much better than packaged shredded cheese. 
  • Better Than Bouillon– This is what I always use for broth in my recipes. It takes very little space and makes it easy to measure out customized amounts of broth.
  • Measuring Spoons– I have these magnetic ones which stay nice and organized in my utensil drawer.
  • Pinch Bowls– For measuring seasonings, etc. ahead of time.
  • Soup Ladle
  • 16 oz. storage containers. I use these to store/freeze my soups. They have 8 oz. sizes as well. They’re stackable, leak proof, and dishwasher/microwave safe.

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A soup pot filled with Chicken Corn Chowder with a ladle on the side.

Chicken Corn Chowder

5 from 30 ratings
This Chicken Corn Chowder recipe has chicken, potatoes, and corn in the most flavorful broth! It's garnished with bacon and green onions and is loaded with flavor!

Ingredients

  • 5 strips bacon, drippings reserved
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. boneless/skinless chicken breast, or 2 cups leftover/rotisserie chicken
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can sweet kernel corn, drained. see notes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (Optional.)
  • 1/3 cup green onions, diced

Seasonings

  • ½ teaspoon EACH: salt, oregano, paprika, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a 4.5-quart soup pot slowly over low heat. (I cut my bacon in half, it’s easier to fit it in the pan and have it cook evenly.) Once cooked, set aside and chop once cooled.
  • While the bacon cooks: Combine the chicken broth, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings in a large measuring cup with a spout and set aside. Measure out remaining ingredients before beginning. Don’t cut potatoes until ready to use.
  • Leave 2 tbsp. bacon drippings in the pot. Add the onions and soften over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the butter, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and garlic. Soften for 3 more minutes.
  • Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes, until it begins to brown.
  • Add the chicken broth mixture (from step 2), in small splashes, stirring continuously. Add the half and half in the same manner. Add the bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cut the chicken in half lengthwise and season each side with salt and pepper. Add it to the chowder and bubble very gently, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through, 15-20 minutes. (Do this gently or the chicken will be tough.) Remove and let rest.
  • Add the diced potatoes and simmer uncovered until fork tender, another 20-25 minutes or so.
  • Dice the chicken and add it to the chowder along with the corn. Let it heat through for 1-2 minutes, then reduce heat to low.
  • Gradually stir in the cheese until melted (if using). Remove the bay leaf. Garnish with chopped bacon and green onions. Serve with Cheddar Bay Biscuits!

Notes

Pro Tips
  • The longer this soup simmers, the thicker it gets, so you can control the consistency with that in mind. I always let it simmer, reduce, and concentrate for at least 20 minutes before I add the potatoes. Once you add the potatoes, you don’t have as much flexibility with cooking time, as you don’t want to overcook them.
  • The hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard powder are flavor enhancers in this soup that can't be tasted outright. The hot sauce doesn't make it spicy. I use Frank's Hot Sauce
  • Heavy cream can be used instead of half and half for a little extra indulgence.
  • Corn: 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen corn can be used instead of canned. If using fresh corn, add it when you add the potatoes to give it time to cook through.
  • Chicken: If using leftover/rotisserie chicken, add it in step 8 when the diced chicken/corn is added.
  • Potatoes: Yukon Gold potatoes are delicious in this recipe, red potatoes would be the best substitute as they hold up well in soups/stews/chowders. I leave the skin on, but you can peel if preferred!
  • Heat: Green bell peppers can be used instead of jalapeno if you are heat averse. If you remove the white membrane/seeds from the jalapeno, that omits most of the heat. This recipe as written is not very hot. 
  • Be sure to try my Beer Cheese Soup recipe next!

Storage
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Note the consistency is thinner when reheated, but it still tastes great! 
  • Be careful not to overcook the potatoes if you plan having leftovers as they can become crumbly and fall apart if overcooked.

Nutritional information is an estimate and is per serving. There are 6 servings in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 121mg, Sodium: 1225mg, Potassium: 979mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1400IU, Vitamin C: 49mg, Calcium: 257mg, Iron: 2mg
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75 comments on “Chicken Corn Chowder”

  1. Absolutely delicious! My husband was sceptical but his bowl was the cleanest I’ve ever seen after eating this, will be a regular in our house.

  2. One of the best soup recipes! ❤️ Two thumbs up! 👍👍

  3. This is a lick the bowl soup! It’s so delicious!!! 
    Thank you!

  4. I’ve made this chowder a few times. I’ve made a few variations of it, but I will say, it tastes better when you leave out the paprika! But either way, it tastes great!

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