Both rich and light, this one-pot meal has a fresh, bright topping of avocado, tomato, cilantro, and lime. Prep and Cook Time: 50 minutes.
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
6 cups reduced-sodium or homemade chicken broth
4 cups shredded cooked chicken (from a 2 1/2- to 3-lb. roasted chicken)
Kernels cut from 3 ears corn (about 3 cups)
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped
1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
2 limes, cut into wedges
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon until fat renders and meat starts to brown. Add onion, reduce heat to medium, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and cook, stirring, until flour smells cooked (you should get a whiff of baked piecrust) but hasn't started to brown, about 3 minutes.
Add potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to keep mixture simmering and cook until potatoes are barely tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and corn and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream to taste. Heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve in soup bowls, garnished with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, a squirt or two of lime juice, and pepper to taste.
I always add diced green chilies and red bell pepper to corn chowder, and prefer mine with milk over cream for a lighter taste. If you want to thicken without flour, some instant potato flakes are useful. I would never skip the cilantro and lime
This is a hearty fresh chowder: very nice touch with the tomatoes and avocado. I plan on serving this for company or just for my husband and myself. I used whole milk as I wanted lower fat and it was fine. I served a fresh spinach salad and crispy warm bread with it. It's a nice dish for leftover roasted chicken.
This was absolutely divine! I had leftover ckn from a small roaster the night before and excess corn that needed to be used up. Definitely a keeper! Yum!! The topping really makes it, so be sure not to skip it!