Did you know that February 4th is National Homemade Soup Day? Well it is! The only way to celebrate such a day is by of course making a homemade soup. This particular February day was cold and gloomy. This type of day calls for Chicken and Corn Chowder. This thick and chunky chowder is the perfect thing to eat after you have been out in the cold weather. It is filling enough to fill even the largest of appetites.
Roasted Chicken and Corn Chowder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 Anaheim chili pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (12-ounce) bag frozen corn kernels, divided in half
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
4 cups chicken broth
5 new potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-3 cups roasted chicken breast ( torn or cut into bite size pieces)
5-10 drops hot sauce (more or less based on taste)
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add onions, bell pepper and Anaheim pepper. Cook while stirring for about 5 minutes until softened. Add half bag of corn, salt, pepper, cumin and thyme. Stir. Add chicken broth. Stir and add new potatoes. In a blender, purée cream, remaining half of corn and cornstarch. Pour purée into soup. Stir. Add roasted chicken to the soup. Season with hot sauce and additional salt and pepper if necessary. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes while stirring every few minutes.
Serve or refrigerate for later use.
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