Dairy-Free Chicken Corn Chowder
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • 4 slices uncured bacon
  • 2 bone-in skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1½ C chopped sweet yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 C reserved chicken broth
  • 4 C sweet yellow corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 1½ Tbsp corn starch
  • ¾ lb. chopped yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 C chopped red pepper
  • 4 Tbsp chopped green onions for garnish
  1. In a stock pot, bring 2 bone-in chicken breasts in three quarts (12 C) of water to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour and remove from the heat. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool, reserving the broth for your soup. Once the chicken is cool, chop it into small pieces.
  2. In a large pot, cook 4 slices of uncured bacon over medium heat until it's crispy. Remove from the pot, cool on paper towels, and set aside for later as garnish for your soup.
  3. Add 1½ C of chopped sweet yellow onion to the pot with the bacon fat. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add the spices, including the paprika, black pepper, minced garlic, and salt to the pot and cook 1 more minute.
  4. Measure 8 C of the reserved chicken broth, the sweet yellow corn, and the corn starch to the pot. If the broth is warm, dilute the corn starch in about ¼ C of cold water before adding it to the pot so that it doesn’t clump. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce to a hard simmer and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and then, using an immersion blender, purée the soup until the corn is in fine pieces and the soup appears creamy.
  6. Add the chicken, potatoes, and red pepper to the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The soup is done when the potatoes are fork-tender.
  7. Serve hot and garnish with crumbled bacon and freshly chopped green onions.
Recipe by Simple Seasonal at https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/dairy-free-chicken-corn-chowder