Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cheesy Bacon Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe

This corn chowder recipe is the epitome of comfort food and it bursts with flavor! Make it in under an hour with simple, fresh ingredients.

titled image shows bowl of corn chowder with chicken and bacon

Cheesy chicken corn chowder is a hearty, rich soup that all begins with bacon. 

The smoky flavor carries through the entire dish, which is loaded with chicken and vegetables for an amazing one-pot meal.

If you’re looking for another easy comfort food meal, try this Corn and Bacon Casserole. It comes together quickly and uses simple ingredients for loads of flavor.

Or make Candied Bacon Wrapped Corn for something that’s so simple, yet incredibly delicious! Tender sweet corn is wrapped in thin slices of bacon and topped with brown sugar that’s caramelized to perfection.

Helpful tips for this Corn Chowder Recipe

  • Tip for stress-free ,easy meal prep 
If you are a beginner cook or if doing your prep work while you cook stresses you out, take about 10 minutes to prep everything before starting the recipe. 

That way, everything will be ready and the process will go much smoother for you.

  • Adjusting for desired consistency 
Since the bacon corn chowder will thicken as it cools, you may need to add additional liquid to thin it out towards the end. Either more broth or plain milk will work just fine.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
  • Butter flavored olive oil - If this is not available, simply use a tablespoon each of butter and olive oil instead.
  • Half and half - This is sold in the dairy case and consists of equal parts heavy cream and milk. Make a blend yourself or use all of one or the other instead. Using all cream will make the soup thicker and richer, while all milk will make it thinner and lighter.
  • Frozen corn - Feel free to use fresh corn removed from the cob, about 4 large ears worth. No need to cook it first.
  • Shredded cheese - Always buy a block and shred it yourself, since pre-bagged shreds have a preservative that keeps them from melting smoothly.

Equipment for making Bacon Corn Chowder
  • Dutch Oven - I love this set and use it all the time. It is perfect for roasts, and I especially love it for my one-pot meals.
  • Cutting Board - A big solid cutting board makes prepping veggies a breeze. I use mine daily, so it’s worth the investment to get a good quality one.
  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying shredded cheese because I'm lazy, freshly grated cheese melts down so much better and creates a smoother recipe.
  • Slotted Spoon

Recipe Notes + FAQ

Storage and Reheating

Allow the soup to cool before transferring to a container with a lid. Keep in the refrigerator and use within 3 days for best quality.

Reheat on the stove or in the microwave, adding broth or milk to thin it out as needed.

Can I freeze chicken corn chowder?

Sure! Just follow the recipe but leave out the potatoes. Add them in when reheating and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender and falling apart.

Keep in a large freezer-safe container and leave space for the soup to expand as it freezes. Store for up to 3 months and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Can I use rotisserie chicken instead?

I don’t see why not. Since it’s already cooked, skip browning it in the dutch oven and just add it with the bacon and vegetables.

ingredients in bowls and on kitchen counter to make a corn chowder recipe

If you want a big batch of homemade bacon crumbles or just want to avoid splatters, use your oven instead of the stove top. I love this kitchen hack! 

Just line a sheet pan with foil, lay out as many strips as you need, and bake until done!

And since we’re talking about corn, do you know that you can make corn on the cob in the oven too? 

No more waiting for water to boil or making them individually in the microwave. It's a game changer!


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    close up image of cheesy soup garnished with scallions and bacon

    Yield: 12
    Author: Donna Elick
    Cheesy Bacon Chicken Corn Chowder

    Cheesy Bacon Chicken Corn Chowder

    This corn chowder recipe is the epitome of comfort food and it bursts with flavor! Make it in under an hour with simple, fresh ingredients.
    Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 50 Min


    • 6 slices thick cut bacon (about 1/2 pound)
    • 2 tablespoons butter or butter flavored olive oil
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • 1-2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided (to taste)
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    • 4 cups frozen corn (or about 4 large ears fresh corn, corn removed from the cob)
    • 2 cups diced and peeled red potatoes (about 4 or 5 potatoes)
    • 3 cups chicken stock
    • 2 cups half and half
    • 8 ounces Colby Jack cheese, shredded
    • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • chopped fresh parsley (optional garnish)


    1. Warm an 6-quart dutch oven over medium-high heat. Using clean scissors; cut bacon into pot. Cook bacon until lightly crisp, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. *If bacon starts to cook too quickly reduce temperature and/or remove from heat.
    2. Meanwhile prep onion, garlic and chicken.
    3. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon and place on upside-down pot lid. Leave 2 tablespoons bacon dripping in pan and drain remaining drippings.
    4. Add olive oil to dutch oven. Place chicken into dutch oven in a single layer. Stir occasionally until chicken is cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Meanwhile, peel and dice potatoes.
    5. Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken from dutch oven and place onto lid with bacon. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and garlic to dutch oven. Cook until onions start becoming translucent, about 2 minutes.
    6. Sprinkle flour, paprika, salt and pepper over onions. Stir to coat the onions with the mixture. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon to garnish. Add broth, half-and-half, corn, potatoes, cooked chicken and remaining bacon. Cover and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes. Add cheeses, stir to combine.
    7. Reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
    8. Serve in bowls, garnish with bacon and fresh parsley. Enjoy!
    1. If you are a beginner cook or if doing your prep work while you cook stresses you out, take 10 minutes before you start cooking to get all of your ingredients prepped and ready. The recipe will go much smoother for you.
    2. The soup will thicken as it cools. Add more liquid as necessary to thin to your desired consistency.
    3. Half and half is a product sold in the dairy case, next to the heavy cream. It consists of equal parts heavy cream and milk. You can substitute all heavy cream or all whole milk for the half and half. It will make it thicker and richer if you use all cream and thinner and lighter if you use all milk.
    4. Reheats well on the stove top or the microwave. Add milk or broth to thin chowder out as necessary.
    5. If you are preparing this to freeze, follow the recipe without the potatoes and add them in the pot when you reheat. Being sure to cook until the potatoes are fork tender and falling apart.

    Originally published 11/2/15 - Content updated on 10/30/2020

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    1. Looks good will make this weekend. Keep recipes coming. Enjoy your recipes keep up the good work.

      1. I am so happy to hear that Shiley! Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

    2. i love all the recipes from here. the recipes are always well explained and very easy to follow. i have been cooking for 40 years but always love the recipes and still try new things.
      thanks for all you do!

    3. Yummy!! I did th4 chicken different, I cooked 4 breasts in a crockpot all day with 1 cup of broth, fresh minced garlic, onion powder and pepper. Also, I used fresh sweet corn that I froze from the summer. But this was amazing!


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