Chicken Chipotle Chowder

IMG_6030 squareOne of my all-time favorite recipes is the one for our corn chowder; it’s inexpensive, it’s quick, it’s insanely delicious, I almost always have all the ingredients available, it’s healthy, no one complains too loudly if we have leftovers the next night.

I’ve been making that corn chowder since the summer my husband and I got married so…12 years (side note: how???) and I’ve never really veered too far off course because I love it so much. But then…one day…it happened. I decided to mix it up. I didn’t have any bacon (gasp!) and I had a can of chipotles left over from this chicken (plus about half the chicken, which, spoiler alert, comes into play as well). It ended up being fabulous; my kids thought it was a little on the spicy side, but my husband and I loved it.

You’re going to need chicken broth, a small can of corn, a can of black beans, 2 colored bell peppers, a whole bunch of garlic, an onion, chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, butter, flour, and some leftover chicken. Oh, and a couple of small red potatoes that didn’t make it into the picture.

Chipotle chicken chowder from Our Best Bites

Chop the onion and peppers and mince the garlic and the chipotle (I seed mine because the seeds are burn-your-mouth off spicy).

chipotle chicken chowder from Our Best Bites

Melt butter in a large skillet. Saute the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and chipotle chili until the veggies are tender. Add a heaping 1/2 cup of flour

Chipotle chicken chowder from Our Best bites

and cook 2-3 minutes. Add the broth and cook until the flour is smooth and the broth is starting to thicken. Add the milk and bring to a low simmer. Add the chopped potatoes (these help thicken the chowder). Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the milk isn’t burning. Add the chicken, corn, black beans and a small amount of adobo sauce at a time, and any additional salt to taste.

Serve with chipotle Tabasco sauce and shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

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  1. My family LOVES your corn chowder and I know they would like this one too, but I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for substitutions for the bell peppers. I am unfortunately allergic to them.

  2. I absolutely love your corn chowder recipe. I even make my family eat it in the middle of summer because I love it so much. I am beyond excited to try this new take on it. Yay!!!

  3. This looks awesome. And we are finally having cool enough weather to eat soup. I think this will be dinner tomorrow night. Hooray for a new soup!

    1. Okay, that’s so weird–I fixed it on my phone first thing this morning, and it looks like it’s changed on the wordpress mobile app, but not on the site. It should be fixed now! Thanks, girl!

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