Warm, creamy, thick and chunky, Corn and Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort food. My healthier version of this classic dish is still full of flavor, but has less calories, fat – and Weight Watchers’ points. Plus, it’s super easy to prepare with pantry ingredients.
- 2 slices center-cut bacon
- 1 pound skinned, boned chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (can also use green)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 3/4 cups peeled, chopped red potatoes
- 2 1/4 cups fresh or frozen whole-kernel corn
- 2 cups 2% milk
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup (4 ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese
- Optional toppings: additional cheese, chopped jalapeno peppers, sliced green onion
- Fry bacon in the bottom of a large stockpot over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pot and drain on paper towel; crumble and set aside. Don’t clean out pot.
- Add the chicken, bell pepper, onion and garlic to the stockpot and cook in bacon fat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. Reduce heat, uncover and stir in corn.
- Place milk in a medium mixing bowl and slowly sift the flour into the milk, whisking as you go. Slowly stir milk mixture into soup. Cook over medium heat until thick, around 15 minutes, stirring often.
- Add cheese and stir until melted and incorporated into broth; add salt and pepper to taste.
- Ladle into individual bowls and top with crumbled bacon. Serve optional additional toppings on the side.
Make ahead: It will keep in the refrigerator for around 3 days, but I think it’s best when served the same day. It will thicken as it sits; I recommend adding more broth as needed when reheating. I don’t recommend freezing (see comments above the recipe).