Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken and Corn Chowder

When TWO of my favored cooks featured this recipe and recommended it I knew it was a must try!

Lori on her blog All That Splatters posted about the recipe she found on sweet Geri's blog Heart N Soul Cooking, and I completely agree this is a fabulous recipe.

It's with great thanks to Geri and Lori that they introduced me to this recipe. It's a keeper, and the garnishes push this one over the top.

Here's Geri's recipe ~ the only changes I made: I substituted Russet potatoes because I didn't have Yukon Golds on hand (but don't overcook them, they will fall apart), I used frozen white kernel corn and poached some chicken breasts then cubed it.

Geri's Heart N Soul Chicken and Corn Chowder
6 servings

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)
3 cups corn, frozen or kernels cut from 3 ears corn
1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Garnishes (Don't skimp!)

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

Thank you for sharing your recipe Geri! And thank you too Lori for sharing it because I missed it on Geri's blog.

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