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Healthy Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

In light of recent world events; when the world feels cold, scary and unfeeling, warm up with a big bowl of this 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.

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

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! After all, it’s done in the name of love, and that can never be wrong!Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

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 its 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.

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

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!

Yield:  8 – 10 servings     Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 15 minutes

4 – 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 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 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.

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

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 the ingredients (minus the parsley) and cook on low for 8 hours. Easy Peasy.

Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon

Now go and pour yourself a hearty glass of wine and enjoy your Healthy and Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder with Bacon in front of your favorite television show. This is a judge free zone. LOL

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Wednesday 27th of March 2019

do You think I could substitute canned cream style corn without compromising the carb count too much? My husband has diabetes 2 and I think this would be a good soup for him.


Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Hi, Cindy! I'm guessing you'd like to substitute the creamed corn for the cooked and pureed cauliflower? If that's the case, yes, this substitution will definitely increase the carb count. I'm not sure by how much, but I would think significantly. I originally used the cauliflower to keep this creamy but still a little healthier. However, since corn is pretty high in carbohydrates anyway, I could never call this recipe low-carb in the first place. I don't know if this answer helps you, but maybe it helps in some small way. If you'd like to check back, I'll make sure to get the recipe card with the nutrition information on this post (as written) later today or tomorrow. Take care, Renee

Cookin' Canuck

Monday 7th of December 2015

Adding cauliflower is such a great way to add some healthy creaminess. This is some good looking comfort food!

Angie Barrett

Monday 7th of December 2015

I'm always a fan of comfort food and chowder! I normally make fattening chowder but I love the healthy spin on it! Such a better way to make it!!

Krista Rollins

Sunday 6th of December 2015

I'm so with you, cauliflower is the bomb and a great secret ingredient to add nutrition and flavor to any dish. This soup sounds awesome!

Martha @ A Family Feast

Sunday 6th of December 2015

I could eat chicken corn chowder any day of the week - and adding the cauliflower is genius!!