Recipe – Chicken and Corn Chowder #48in48 #227

Original recipe link here: http://damndelicious.net/2015/10/15/slow-cooker-chicken-and-corn-chowder/

I have to take down the Christmas tree and clean today. So I do not have to worry about “what’s for dinner”, I decided to make it a Crock Pot Saturday.  I have had this recipe in the hopper for a while and have wanted to try it.  So, Chicken and Corn Chowder is what’s for dinner.

Original recipe below and my changes in red along with it.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced.
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks 2lbs breast
  • 12 ounces red potato, diced 8 medium sized reds in about 1 in chunks to keep from cooking up all the way
  • 1 onion, diced I used the light yellow onion
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced 1lb bag – scrubbed and cut in 1.5 in pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, diced Cut in 1.5 pieces so people who do not like can easily remove
  • 2 cups corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted Frozen, less salt – steamer bag (like the flavor of the steamer bags of corn)
  • 4 cups chicken broth 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 box chicken broth, 1 Tbsp minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper Used about a tsp of a mix of pepper spices I have (see below)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.
  2. Place chicken, potatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and corn into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken broth, garlic, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together half and half and cornstarch. Stir in half and half mixture and butter during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with bacon and garnished with chives, if desired.

I put the crockpot portion on at 10:00 AM.  I will wait until the end to make the bacon (as I do not have any in the fridge and must run to the Walmart to get it (along with chives and corn starch).  Cooking now, tree coming down.  I will update this with results prior to publishing… I LOVE the smell of slow cooker food in my house… I will include pics at completion.

I ended up not getting bacon. It was fine without it.  I had shredded cheese in the fridge, that was included in my bowl (Husband loves oyster crackers).  I only had 2% milk, obviously it did not turn out as thick as a chowder (increased the amount of milk and cornstarch to no avail).

End result was delish!  I put various chili based spices but you could only taste a hint of it in the end.  I liked, plenty of leftovers and will make again!

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