Warm-up with a big bowl of healthy Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon. It's comfort food that will hug you from the inside out, and I don't know anyone that doesn't need a warm hug from time to time.
*Disclaimer - This recipe was originally published in 2015. I'm working hard to update all my older recipes with recipe cards, new photos, and additional recipe information. But, getting to all of them will take time. Please bear with me. In the meantime let me assure you that this recipe is still a winner and one I'm sure you'll be well pleased with when you make it at home.
This recipe is also a great way to sneak extra veggies into your kids without them knowing.
The creaminess doesn't come from cream at all, it comes from cooked and pureed cauliflower.
They'll never even suspect you pulled one over on them. Score one for mom (or dad)!
After all, it's done in the name of love, and that can never be wrong!
I think cauliflower is one of the most amazing vegetables. It's so versatile and lends itself to being morphed, and disguised, in all sorts of recipes.
The flavor of cauliflower is mild, and yet when it's oven-roasted it has a nutty flavor and firm texture that I just love.
When it's boiled or microwaved, the texture becomes soft and the flavor is delicate and butter-like which is why I've used it in recipes such as Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Mashers, Low-Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole, and Roasted Vegetable Soup.
What cooked cauliflower can also do is thicken a cream soup without the use of actual cream and all those pesky calories.
This recipe also takes advantage of leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken making this an easy-to-throw-together dinner for those busy weeknights when the family is hungry, and everyone is moving in different directions.
This Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder will bring everyone around the dinner table in a matter of minutes and will please even the pickiest of eaters.
Tip: If you're only cooking for two, or for a small family, this chowder freezes beautifully well.
After you've cooked (and cooled) it, portion it out into freezer-safe containers. Trust me when I tell you that you'll be enjoying the fresh, healthy taste you loved the night you made it, but weeks and weeks later!
This soup can also be cooked in a slow cooker if needed.
You'll need to prepare the pureed cauliflower in advance of adding the ingredients to the cooker.
After that, it's just a matter of adding the remaining ingredients (minus the parsley) and cook on low for 8 hours.
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's healthier creamy, cream-less, chicken corn chowder with bacon.
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Printable Recipe Card
HEALTHY CREAMY CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER WITH BACON
- 5 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 medium onion medium diced (I used red onion)
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 6 cups frozen corn
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups cauliflower florets microwaved 4-5 minutes on high
- 1 quart (4 cups) chicken broth I use low-sodium, divided
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 cups cooked and cubed chicken leftover or rotisserie
- chopped parsley to garnish optional
- -In a blender or food processor (or use an immersion blender), puree the cooked cauliflower with 2 cups of chicken broth until smooth. Set aside.
- -In a large stockpot over medium heat, sweat the onion in canola oil until semi-translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, frozen corn, salt, pepper, pureed cauliflower, bacon, and the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a simmer.
- -Stir in the cooked chicken, butter, vinegar, and coriander.
- -Simmer for 10 minutes to marry the flavors.
- -Ladle into bowls and finish with chopped fresh parsley to garnish.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed this corn chowder with bacon recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!!