Chicken Chowder with Corn

Another Soup, with Bacon…

Chicken Chowder_6755_2Today we had wonderful weather, double digits, in centigrade, the whole day, what about you? How goes the weather wherever you are? My day was very uneventful and boring. I spent a bit of my evening looking for interesting facts about soup and here they are:

Why do we “eat rather than drink soup” several answers popped up, the first one: because soup is considered part of a meal, it can only be eaten and not drunk, but then I wondered, isn’t wine, beer, juice  or water also considered part of a meal and yet we still drink them?

The second answer: soup is eaten because it’s not served in beverage glasses, so the moment you serve soup in a beverage container like a mug, carton or thermos, you are drinking the soup, if it’s in a bowl and you are spooning it, then you are eating the soup, so whether you eat or drink soup depends on what the soup is served in.

The third answer: if the consistency is lumpy, you are eating soup, if its more on the watery side then you are drinking the soup. So consistency of the soup is very important in judging whether you are eating or drinking the soup.

Chicken Chowder_6753Fourth answer: I was taught since childhood to eat soup regardless of serving the soup in a bowl, cup or thermos. Soup can only be eaten.

Fifth answer: soup is drunk and eaten at the same time because there are solids like carrots or noodles and liquids like water and broth so the correct word is ‘eat-drinking’ the soup.

The last and final answer: dah…you slurp and swallow the soup so you are neither eating nor drinking the soup. (I stopped here because I thought, omg this conversation can go on forever).

Chicken Chowder_6743Today I want to share the recipe for chicken Chowder, with bacon and corn of course. Of late I have met numerous bacon lovers so these days I talk freely about bacon, without hesitation. I usually serve this soup as a complete meal (so I must be eating it) in a bowl (so I still must be eating it) and it has chunks of vegetables and chicken in it (I must be eating it), but also has broth in it so I must be drink-eating the soup.

Whether you drink, eat, slurp or swallow your soup, I hope you will enjoy it. Does it matter how it goes into the stomach?

  • Ingredients
  • 50g (2oz) butter or margarine or 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, scrubbed, and sliced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 350g (12½oz) potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 50g (2oz) all-purpose (plain) white flour
  • 1200ml (4¾ cups, 40fl oz) chicken broth (stock)
  • 2-3 cups cooked, diced chicken (or grilled/rotisserie)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150ml (⅔ cup) light (5%, single) cream or buttermilk

Chicken Chowder_6693Please, always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start.

Chicken Chowder_6700Melt butter in  a pan, or add extra virgin olive oil to pan.

Chicken Chowder_6702Cook the bacon, until nicely browned. If you don’t like bacon, suit your palate and just omit it, but it does enhance the flavour.

Chicken Chowder_6709Add onions, celery, carrots and potatoes.

Chicken Chowder_6714Cook the onions, celery carrots and potatoes for eight  minutes or until onions are soft.

Chicken Chowder_6715Add the flour

Chicken Chowder_6720 reduce heat and continue cooking for 2 minutes

Chicken Chowder_6721Remove the pan from the heat, then gradually stir in 1000ml (4 cups, 34fl oz) of the stock.

Chicken Chowder_6729Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables almost cooked. Add more stock if required.

Chicken Chowder_6726Add chicken, corn kernels, salt and pepper and bring back to the boil.

Chicken Chowder_6729Simmer for a further 5 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked, and chicken is heated through, also  stirring from time to time.

Chicken Chowder_6731Remove pan from heat.

Chicken Chowder_2479Stir in the cream or buttermilk. Gently reheat until piping hot but not boiling (you can throw in some grated cheese at this point if you want). Serve immediately.

Chicken Chowder_6752I really enjoyed EATING this soup, as a complete meal. It was very filling…

Chicken Chowder_6747Enjoy your soup and please give me a feedback Did you eat, drink, swallow or slurp the soup?

Chicken Chowder

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 40 minutes; Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 50g (2oz) butter or margarine or 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, scrubbed, and sliced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 350g (12½oz) potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 50g (2oz) all-purpose (plain) white flour
  • 1200ml (4¾ cups, 40fl oz) chicken broth (stock)
  • 2-3 cups cooked, diced chicken (or grilled/rotisserie)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150ml (⅔ cup) light (5%, single) cream or buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a pan. Cook bacon until lightly browned. Add onions, celery, carrots and potatoes and cook for 8 minutes or until onion is soft.
  2. Add the flour, reduce heat and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, then gradually stir in 1000ml (4 cups, 34 fl oz) of the stock. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, then simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are almost cooked. Add more stock if required.
  3. Add chicken, corn kernels, salt and pepper, bring to boil, then simmer for a further 5 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked,  and chicken is heated through, also stirring from time to time.
  4. Remove pan from heat, stir in the cream or buttermilk. Gently reheat until piping hot but not boiling (you can sprinkle  some shredded cheese at this point, if you want). Serve immediately.

Points to note:

  • For diced chicken you can also use left over rotisserie, or grilled chicken. I always have left over chicken of some sort and I’m always looking for innovative ways to use it.
  • Variations: add capsicum (bell peppers), deseeded and chopped for more flavor; you can also add  shredded cheddar cheese or any other cheese or ingredient that suits your palate and mood.
  • Serve with: garlic bread and a salad.

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

39 thoughts

    1. Thanks for liking the chicken chowder and for leaving this note, Much appreciated. Sorry I can’t do the same in your blog as I couldn’t access it. Hope to see you more often. Enjoy your Sunday and have great week, ahead!!!

      1. HI Liz, and thanks for replying. I’m a little concerned that my blog wasn’t accessible and a little confused because I discovered you when you liked one of my posts. Would you please tell me what happened when you tried. Thanks so much, I would like to get this figured out.

        1. Hi Vicki,
          Now I see another link
          http://psychoweightloss.wordpress.com
          and this one is accessible. I am now browsing the blog right now. Thanks. I think this is the blog I should be looking at, but sometimes you do leave comments with a link to your other personal blog and that’s why i was confused!!!

        2. Thanks for letting me know there was a problem, I’ve taken care of half of it for the gravatar, but I see that when I click on my name, in the comment I left, it goes to an old blog. I’m working with that right now thanks so much for letting me know. I can’t express how grateful I am for your help.

        3. Thanks Vicki, I finally found the right blog. Are you in Canada as well? I live in Ontario. I love meeting Canadians. I shall be browsing your blog in more detail to get to know you better. Thanks for being here and I look forward to seeing you more often. Have a lovely evening!!!

    1. Hi Karen,
      OMG that’s so great, I love chicken chowder soup, it’s one of my favourites and IT HAS BACON IN IT, so the more reason for me to love it. We all love it, lots of meat for the carnivores. I can just visualize the gobbling and slurping…hilarious sight. I have actually become a soup addict (homemade soup only) I have stopped eating the canned soups, can’t really imagine how I used to eat them. Thanks so much for always supporting this blog. I truly appreciate your support and friendship. Have a wonderful day and XOXO to the kids…Liz

    1. I adore soup. I make some soup at least once a week. The chowder is one of my favourites and its filling too. Thanks for stopping by and for liking so many of my posts! I really appreciate!!!

  1. I love hearty soups! I will definitely have to try this as soon as I’m craving soup again (right now the sunny weather has me barbecuing, but that could change soon!).

    1. Aren’t we all putting out our garden furniture. I’m planning a barbecue dinner tomorrow, but I still have an occasional soup once a week. I love soup. Thank you for stopping by, and for leaving this note. It is very kind of you. Have a wonderful week.

  2. I’ll be honest – soup is not really my thing. I guess I prefer to have food that just involves eating with my drink in a seperate glass 🙂 But then I think that adding bacon to a soup might convince even me 😉

    1. Hi Afra (I assume that’s your name?) thanks for stopping by, I just ate or is it drank-ate this soup last night and I even added some grated cheese (dangerous way of eating) but I spoil myself from time to time. Do you have a good recipe for Erwtensoep? Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you again.

      1. Hi Liz, Apologies for the delayed reply, I was away on a trip to France (fabulous food ;-> ). Actually I do not have many Dutch recipes in my repertoire. But I’m going to ask some friends for a good erwtensoep recipe – I would like to make it myself some time was well. Give me a little while and I will get it to you. Greetings, Afra

        1. Hi Afra,
          Ong, France!!! My daughter has been in France for four months for an exchange programme, she loved it there. She keeps on talking about the endless aisle of cheese at the supermarket, and the bread and wine. You should have carried me in you hand luggage..if only I knew you were going there. We used to take bus/train from Utrecht to Paris, it’s such a great place. I did miss you though, but i knew you would come, so I wasn’t worried. I am so glad you are back, I look forward to your cooking, the little stories and the photos of course. If you do get a good recipe for the soup, please pass it on, at your own convenience. Have a wonderful week, and welcome back!!!

    1. Hi Anneli.
      It’s a lovely and easy soup to make and you can always give it your own twist to suit you. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend and wish you all the best in your 100km walking challenge. I do 5km/day but only Monday through to Friday.

    1. Bacon, forever, I just met a shoal of sardines on my way here, they looked like they had been denied entry somewhere. I gave them a sleeping bag for the night, ha ha! Have a lovely weekend too. and hope to see you again, soon.

    1. Hi Keith,
      I have just been ‘wallowing’ in your blog. I love the new look and the photography is so much better. Keep up the good work! Thanks for stopping by…I had this soup yesterday for dinner, yum!
      Cheers Mate!!!

        1. Hi again, Keith,
          today I shall surely have a great sunny day..it’s really shining here today and it will be shining over the weekend. You know Canadians are obsessed with weather, we can tell you the weather forecast for ten days at the snap of the finger. Hope to see you again? Enjoy the rest of the week!!!

  3. This is great, amazing ,delectable. I never new Chicken chowder was a soup. I am serious. This is wonderful. Your hands on step by step with instructions…4 thumbs up. Will I only have 2, is that OK? You blog is great. I will be following it.

    Check out Fun with Food ( http://www.savorthefood.com/blog). Not only is food are favorite pastime, but we have Fun at the same time. Come check us out, we really would appreciate your readership. 🙂

    Mean time I look forward to more from My Favorite Pastime. This post really had a great food creation.

    Randall

    1. Hi Randall,
      Thanks for stopping by and for giving me 4-thumbs up, (now I have 6? just kidding) You are welcome to follow my blog, it will be an honour to me…I have checked out savour the food and I love your photographs and recipes as well so I shall be a frequent reader and visitor. Thank you for taking time to leave me a note. Hope you enjoy the rest of the week?

    1. Hi Frances,
      I saw your new post but I think the WordPress system was not working well because I had to like it so many time before it worked. You know I always look forward to seeing you. I shall be visiting beads/yarn before the end of the day. Take care and hope to see you again.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I love your blog too, it’s got great recipes. I have bookmarked some. Hope to see you again!

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for dropping by. You have made my to do list longer and longer, but that’s the whole purpose of blogging. Thanks for always stopping by, your presence is always appreciated. Have a pleasant day!

  4. Soup is vastly underrated as a way to eat a meal and clean out the refrigerator – all in the same day! So many ingredients can be used in soup that your presentations can be limitless.

    1. Hi Dorrie Anne,
      I don’t consider soup as a way of cleaning my fridge because I love soup and I always plan for it..however sometimes I do clean out my fridge to avoid waste and still make soup and have a meal, I hate wasting food. I love it that you always cook fresh food. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

        1. I think you are very organized, and I love the fresh foods you make. I have to go to sleep now its 3.00am in the morning…Thank you so much for always stopping by. Have a wonderful day.

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