A Bowl of Piquanté Chicken Corn Chowder with Sliced Wheat Bread Lying Beside It.

PIQUANTÉ CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER

A Spicy Release From Cold Weather

As the seasons shift and the warm air gives way to a cool, frozen mist, nature begins its graceful transition into autumn. The mornings grow crisper, the days shorter, and the landscape transforms into a canvas of reds, oranges, and yellows. This change in scenery signals that it’s time for the harvest season to begin.

One of the joys of autumn is the abundance of fresh produce ready to be gathered. From pumpkins and apples to squash and corn, the fields beckon with their bounty. In particular, corn takes center stage with its golden cobs swaddled in yellowing husks and delicate silk. It’s a sight that speaks of wholesome goodness and hearty meals to come.

With thoughts of cozy evenings and comforting dishes in mind, a chicken corn chowder recipe perfectly captures the essence of fall. The sweet corn, tender chicken, and creamy broth blend in a warm and satisfying bowl of soup, making it a comforting staple during this season of change.

I know these bright, happy marigolds in my garden beds won’t last much longer, but I’m still careful not to crush them as I collect the remaining hot and bell peppers.

Onions, coaxed from their beds, are added to the cache and the last of our aromatic, summer herbs are snipped and collected.

HARVESTING VEGETABLES: A MEDITATIVE PRACTICE

My basket, now heavy with the results of our summer efforts, sits on the kitchen counter. Its collective fragrance whispers tales of cold-weather recipes to come. 

As you prepare for the changing seasons in your own garden, embrace the transition from summer to fall with gratitude for the abundance that surrounds you and the anticipation of the culinary adventures that lie ahead.

Spending time outdoors, connecting with nature, and observing the growth and development of your plants can be a meditative practice that helps reduce stress and promote overall well-being.

Whether you have a large garden or just a few pots on a balcony, the act of cultivating your own food can bring joy and a sense of connection to the earth. So, if you have the opportunity, consider starting your own vegetable garden and embrace the journey of growing, harvesting, and savoring the fruits of your labor.

Take some time for yourself and give Starting Seeds Indoors in Early Spring a read. Lots of great tips for starting seeds, using things you probably already have lying around.

You can also regrow vegetables (for free!) that might otherwise end up in the waste bin. Check out, 20 Different Crops You Can Easily Regrow.

TRANSITIONING FROM GARDEN TO TABLE

There’s something special about tending to your garden and then incorporating the fresh produce into delicious recipes like a comforting and creamy chicken corn chowder with a spicy kick from habanero and jalapeno peppers.

Large batches of this heavenly soup can be made, at one time, and frozen for future enjoyment. 

To make each serving of this chicken corn chowder special, be sure to check out my list of different salads, breads and wines that pair perfectly with this veggie-packed meal. 

CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER: ITS FLEXIBILITY AND EASE

This chicken corn chowder is a delightful and comforting dish that can easily be prepared in large quantities and frozen for later consumption. This make-ahead option allows you to enjoy the heavenly soup whenever you desire, saving time and effort on busy days.

To enhance the dining experience, consider serving this flavourful chowder alongside a variety of salads, breads, and wines that complement its rich and savory flavors. Whether you prefer a crisp salad, warm bread, or a glass of wine, pairing these options with chicken corn chowder can elevate your meal to a truly special occasion.

Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect accompaniments that suit your taste preferences and make each serving of this dish a memorable culinary experience.

Total Prep Time:
45 min

Servings in Recipe:
6

Serving Size:
6 oz bowl

Calories Per Serving:
434

Total Prep Time: 45 min


Servings in Recipe: 6


Serving Size: 6 oz bowl


Calories Per Serving: 434

A Bowl of Piquanté Chicken Corn Chowder with Sliced Wheat Bread Lying Beside It.

PIQUANTÉ CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER

Ingredients

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn, fresh or frozen
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 large habañero pepper
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 20 oz creamed corn
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Scallions for garnish
A Picture of Piquanté Chicken Corn Chowder Ingredients. Celery, corn, chicken, salt and onion.
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Scallions for garnish
A Picture of Piquanté Chicken Corn Chowder Ingredients. Celery, corn, chicken, salt and onion.

Directions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp over medium heat
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a bowl (lined with a paper towel).
  • Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  • Remove chicken with a slotted spoon to a separate bowl (lined with a paper towel)
  • In the same pot combine onion and bell pepper. Sauté 5 minutes or until they begin to soften
  • Add jalapeño and habañero peppers, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes
  • Add corn, potatoes, chicken broth, milk or cream. Stir to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add flour mixture, stirring constantly, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions.
  • Now serve your expertly prepared chicken corn chowder with a side salad, warm tortillas or any of my other pairing suggestions below and enjoy!

PIQUANTÉ CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER FAQ

How can I thicken my corn chowder?

To thicken your corn chowder, one effective method is to create a cornstarch slurry. This simple technique involves combining cornstarch with water or broth in a 1:2 ratio, using a tablespoon to measure each ingredient.

Once you have the slurry prepared, vigorously whisk it together to ensure a smooth consistency without any clumps. This mixture can then be added to your chowder, stirring continuously until the desired thickness is achieved.

Remember to allow the chowder to simmer for a few minutes after adding the slurry to activate the thickening properties of the cornstarch.

Another way to thicken your corn chowder is to use a roux, which is a mixture of equal parts flour and fat (like butter) cooked together to form a paste. To incorporate a roux into your chowder, start by melting butter in a pan and adding flour to create a smooth paste.

Cook the roux for a couple of minutes to get rid of the raw flour taste before gradually whisking it into your chowder. The roux will help thicken the soup and add a rich, savory flavour to your corn chowder. Adjust the amount of roux-based on how thick you want the final dish to be.

What are vegan substitutes for cream in chowder?

When looking for vegan substitutes for cream in chowder, coconut milk, oat milk, and soy milk are great options to consider. These non-dairy alternatives can provide a creamy texture and rich flavor to your dish, similar to traditional cream.

To achieve the desired thickness in a vegan chowder, you can also create a cornstarch slurry by mixing cornstarch with water and adding it to your soup. This combination can help mimic the consistency that cream would typically provide in a chowder recipe.


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