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. 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!

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  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. 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.

  4. We got hit with a surprise snow today so this trumped my normal dinner plan. It was perfect! Very tasty and made a good amount of soup so everyone was able to eat to their heart’s content. Thank you!

  5. Ok, i am making this right now and am so excited about it. Corn chowder from a can if a fav of my hubby’s so i can’t even fathom how much he’ll enjoy this!!! Anyway, just noticed that it doesn’t mention when to add the salt. This may seem like a no brainer and prob the “dumbest” question you’ve received but I am a measurer to the “t”, and follow recipes exactly, like in an insane kinda way. I’m just afraid to mess up the whole thing! My issues aside, I just thought I’d let you know for any other crazies out there like me 😉

  6. Can’t wait to make this tomorrow! Just have a quick question: I don’t have any chipotle Tabasco sauce. Is this little ingredient going to be a deal-breaker if I don’t have it? Thanks!

  7. Where do you find chipotle? I’ve never bought it. Is it something you can find at any grocery store? Is it a canned thing or a fresh thing from the produce section?

  8. Can this be frozen? I made a double batch for a function tomorrow and it just got postponed until next week. Love this soup btw!

  9. I made this tonight and used tapioca flour instead of all purpose to make it gluten free. Texture was just like times I’ve made it in the past. Heads up to anyone who has to avoid gluten.

  10. I’ve made this before when my boys were still at home (both grad students now) and I remember everyone liking it. So when I was talking with my oldest yesterday about “what for dinner”, he mentioned Chicken Chipotle Chowder and how much he loves it. Apparently he’s made it multiple times and it’s one of his favs. So now that he’s got this in my head, this is on the menu for dinner this week! I wonder if it’d be good in a Panera bread bowl?

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