Friday, September 12, 2014

25 Minute Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken


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Sometimes I am brilliant on the fly.  You know what I mean, you are rushed for dinner and you start pulling things out of your fridge and pantry and create the most spectacular dinner ever.  Other nights you get stuck in one mindset.  OK, I have chicken and need to make soup.  Hmmm....  Chicken noodle soup.  Luckily this week Chad was incredibly inspiring.

I told him I needed a soup made with chicken.  We threw some ideas around and then he said:  bacon, chicken cheese.  OH YAY!  I got that. 
Before I knew what hit me I had a pot on the stove and I was making 25 Minute Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken.  It is thick and creamy, cheesy with just the perfect spices to make your taste buds stand at attention.  Warm and welcoming this beer cheese soup is a stand out in our soup recipes.
Oh my word this is a fabulous soup.  Chad's review "Someone should write a song about this soup".  Well there you have it.  Loaded with bacon and chicken this beer cheese soup has the perfect smokiness and heat to make you notice.  Just perfect.  Top with chives and croutons for the perfect crunch and finish!

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Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken
serves 6-8 

6 slices thick cut bacon
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground chile de arbol (or cayenne pepper; to taste)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup beer, Belgian style wheat beer (Blue Moon)
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups half and half
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
chives
croutons

Warm an 8 quart pot over high heat.  Using clean scissors; cut bacon into pot.  Cook bacon until lightly crisp, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite size pieces.

Remove bacon from pan and place on a plate.  Add chicken into bacon grease to cook.  Stir occasionally until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken onto plate with bacon.

Cut butter into 1 tablespoon pieces and add to pan drippings.  Whisk in flour and spices.   Add beer, broth and half & half.  Whisk to combine and bring to a bubble.  Add cheese whisk to combine, stir until you have a smooth mixture.  Add Worcestershire sauce, chicken and bacon.  Stir to combine.

Allow to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with chives and croutons.  Enjoy!


Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian 
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71 comments:

  1. Yum, Donna and Chad! It does look just fabulous. Scott's a songwriter, I think he could definitely write a delicious song about this one! :)

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  2. I saw this and had to make it! Luckily I had Blue Moon on hand, it was fantastic! The boyfriend LOVES it and is currently getting seconds as we speak. I caramelized an onion before I cooked the bacon and added that into the soup later...delicious!

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    1. How awesome! Caramelized onions sound amazing too. So happy y'all loved it.

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  4. Sorry if this sounds stupid, but - what is half & half? ^__^ I can't translate "half & half" to german :) We have "german style" wheat beer, I guess I can use this, too?

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    1. Half and half is an American dairy product that is half milk and half cream. It gives a nice balance without being too rich. In this recipe you can substitute accordingly or just substitute all milk (will be lighter) or all heavy cream (with be rich). I personally like the lightness of the Belgian style beer called Blue Moon - here is a description I found on Wikipedia: The beer is orange-amber in color with a cloudy appearance because it is unfiltered. Blue Moon has a more pronounced orange flavor than many other beers of the style, and also has a slightly sweet flavor. The grain bill for Blue Moon includes malted barley, white wheat, and oats.

      All in all, use your favorite beer and it will be fabulous! Let us know how it goes. Enjoy.

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    2. Thanks Donna for your answer <3 I'll make it and let you know how it worked :)

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  5. I made this last night, we had it again tonight (I doubled the batch - so we had leftovers). My 24 year old dubbed this, "The best soup ever!" Thanks, Donna, for this & all your wonderful recipes!

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    1. Right on Cheri! So happy you enjoyed it. "The best soup ever" I can live with that. You keep reading and we will keep creating fab recipes.

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  6. I made it tonight. It's fantastic. I'm making it again this weekend for my husband.

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  7. It is delicious...and so easy. I did cut the cayenne pepper to 1 tsp...2 would be a little too hot.

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  8. my husband pinned this and post it on my facebook, then went to the store with me to get the items needed, which NEVER happens! making this tonight for him and can't wait to have some. thanks for sharing!

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  9. Bacon, beer and CHEESE?! Yeah, that's pretty much all the things I need in life!

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  10. Made it last night...delicious!!!!

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  11. My family and I invited one of our neighbors over and we loved it.

    We had ours in sourdough rounds that our lovely neighbor brought. We provided the atmosphere, the broth, chicken, bacon, beer, flour, and seasonings. She brought the cheese, half-n-half, and croutons. Love good neighbors and great company!!

    I browned them to crispy under the broiler.

    We did a nice little "stone soup" kind of thing. What surprised me was how savory the soup was without being "beer-y" or overly cheesy.

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    1. How awesome! I love the neighbor get together and of course the soup. Thanks for commenting.

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  12. I have made this twice now and wow. The first time I made it I followed the recipe to the letter. However the second time, I added quite a bit more bacon and chicken (12oz of applewood smoked bacon and 24oz of chicken. The first time it was a bit on the spicy side so instead of 2 tsp cayenne pepper I used 1 tsp of Chipolte Chili Pepper. It ended up being fantastic, not to spicy and a real smokey flavor. Also used tortilla strips instead of croutons.

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    1. How fantastic. I love the idea of more meat and the tortilla strips would be fantastic! So happy you loved it!

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  13. Omg the beer, bacon, cheese soup is fantastic!

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    1. Yay! So happy y'all loved it. Its on the menu again this week.

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  14. This sounds divine, I think it's on the menu for tomorrow. I'm going to venture a guess though that you meant an 8 qt, not 8 cup pot?

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  15. That looks phenomenal! What a fantastic assortment of ingredients and flavors. The combination looks both delightful and delicious. And all that extra cheese is sure to give an added helping of incredible
    flavors.

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  16. Could you give a rough estimate on what the overall cook time would be? How long should the soup be simmered for ultimate flavor perfection? Looks amazing. Can't wait to try!

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    1. Honestly we ate it within 5 minutes of it being done. Enjoy. Let us know how it goes.

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  17. Sounds wonderful, but I only have beer with lime in the frig. What do you think?

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    1. Beer with lime would give the soup an added dimension of flavor and add a brightness to the soup. But, it would also give the soup a coolness. I don't know. I think it would be great with all the smoky spices in here. Let us know how it goes! Enjoy.

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  18. Tried it with the lime beer - INCREDIBLE! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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  19. I am thinking about making this for a fall cooking contest at my office. Do you think if I made this and then transferred it to a crock pot on low for a few hours it would be fine?

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    1. It would be perfect. I would check it a few times if you can, as it will thicken up a bit. Maybe add 1 cups extra of chicken broth when you cook it, so as it thickens in the crockpot it will be perfect. Hope that helps! Enjoy.

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  20. Liked it! Next time, I'd like to add some veggies to it; I liked the idea of the caramelized onion. My husband said it would be good with potatoes, too. I feel like it took me a while to make, but I doubled the batch and had to cut up a lot of chicken! Also, I'm lactose intolerant so I made it with 2 percent Lactaid like I do other cream soup and it was fine. (Luckily, cheddar is one of lactose-free cheeses.) We don't drink beer so I had to send him to the package store for a bottle! :)

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  21. Made it last week and it is amazing! Best soup ever.

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  22. Hi Donna! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I made it last night using store bought rotisserie chicken breast ( I was in a hurry) and green onion instead of chives. I also took another person's advice and added chopped yellow onion with the bacon. I have two kids and we don't do spicy well, so I added 1/8 tsp of cayenne. It still had quite a kick but it wasn't to the point where it was too spicy to enjoy. My family loved it! Also I made some homemade french bread so I used that bread to make crouton and it is the most heavenly soup I've ever made! My husband said it is definitely restaurant quality.

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  23. Just finished making the first of MANY pots of Beer Bacon Cheese with Chicken soup... Thank you for the recipe! The wife and I love it!!

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  24. I can't wait to try this soup, It looks amazing and simply! In fact all of the soups you have posted are great! Keep it up I love them!

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  25. can this convert to the slow cooker

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  26. Just made this soup and it is GREAT!!!

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  27. I am excited to make this soup! I could only find the Blue Moon beer in a 6 pack. We don't drink much beer, so I decided to look at the singles in the grocery store. There wasn't a great selection and no wheat beers. Any suggestions, so I don't have to invest in a 6 pack that I won't drink? Thanks!

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  28. I made this last night and it was delist! Our only problem was that it somehow ended up way too salty, maybe it was the bacon we used?

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  29. This sounds so good, but I dont drink beer or eat bacon. Anything I can use as substitute? Will beef pepperoni give a similar flavor? and malt?

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    1. You could use chicken broth in place of the beer. The bacon can be omitted. Let us know how it goes.

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    2. Will definitely give this a try and let you know :)

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  30. Made this for a Soups and Hoops (soup fund raiser) at our school tonight! Thanks for an amazing recipe. I wasn't sure how it would turn out since I was making a large roaster full and don't follow measurement directions well, but apparently I did OK, as I won the people's choice award!

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    1. I am so happy everyone loved it! I will certainly take the award as a huge compliment.

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  31. Made this today for a Soups and Hoops (Soup fundraiser for Community Commercial Club at our school basketball game) and wanted to thank you for a great recipe. I wasn't sure how it would turn out since I was making a large roaster full and had to double and then double and then double, etc the recipe and I'm not good at following measurement directions anyway, but it turned out really well and I won the peoples choice award! :)

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  32. Does the alcohol cook off when cooking?

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  33. Does the alcohol burn off when cooking?

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  34. Does the alcohol cook off when cooking?

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    1. It does Shannon. Thanks for asking. You want to be sure to bring the beer to a boil. Enjoy!

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  35. Hello everybody, I have a question.....I am from Germany and I dont know.... what do you mean with " half & half".Thanks for the answer

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  36. Hmm sorry if this is a repeat question- does this freeze well if we have any leftover by chance? Can't wait to try it!

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    1. I have not froze it to be honest. We never have any leftover. Most cream soups freeze pretty well. Once you defrost it, toss it back in a pot over medium heat and let it warm. You will need to add milk or cream to get it back to the nice creamy texture you started out with. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  37. I pretty much never comment on these threads, but this soup was absolutely DELICIOUS. Served it in bread bowls and there wasn't a drop left!

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  38. Does it matter if we don't add the beer - we are a no alcohol household -- what do i add instead - and instead of half n half - can i use 2 cups of 2% milk

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  39. Does this taste like beer at all? I can't stand beer but want to try this...

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    1. This soup does not taste like beer. The beer lends a rich 'yeasty' flavor to the soup, but you could substitute chicken broth, but it will not be nearly as flavorful. Enjoy! Let us know how it goes.

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  40. Donna, this sounds amazing! I love your on the spot creativity!

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  41. This soup looks amazing! You are creative and your photos are awesome. Do you have a source for that beautiful red soup bowl with handles?

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    1. The red bowl was purchased at BevMo a few years ago. It is actually an olive bowl but was too pretty, I had to use it for the soup. There is no brand marking. Hope that helps a little. Enjoy!

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  42. Can you use lage beer in place of wheat beer?

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    1. Absolutely. Use your favorite. enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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