Best Corn Chowder

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The Best Corn Chowder Recipe – delicious creamy corn chowder with shredded chicken, corn, vegetables, and a touch of a spicy kick!

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This recipe is a simple homemade dinner that is hearty, healthy, and easy to prepare – full of rich and savory ingredients you will feel good feeding your family.

This recipe is also a great way to stretch your budget – as it relies on mostly pantry ingredients, and cooked chicken, so you can use leftover chicken that has been shredded. We’re all about filling our bellies more for less these days, and this corn chowder is a great way to pack in protein and a ton of comforting flavor!

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Easy Creamy Corn and Chicken Chowder

Try this delicious corn chowder recipe that’s so easy to make – it’s warm and comforting. Corn chowder is hearty enough to be a standalone meal or with a small salad or grilled cheese on the side. 

This chowder is so delicious every member of your family will love it! This soup tastes great for leftovers and reheats well for meal planning, it doesn’t smell when reheated (your coworkers will thank you, trust me!)

The fiber from the corn and the protein from the chicken makes a hearty chowder that will keep you full for hours. This recipe is easy to adapt to the slow cooker for the perfect weekend slow soup, and is delicious with cornbread, biscuits, beer bread, or vegetables. It’s a true whole family pleaser!

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How To Make Corn Chowder

To make this corn chowder, we will need the following ingredients:

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, we will follow this process:

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, add the vegetable oil, onion, and celery over medium heat. Sauté the veggies until they’re just soft and the onion is translucent for about 5 minutes. 
  • Add the cans of corn (to drain or not is a matter of personal preference) and cook for approximately 5 more minutes. 
  • Add garlic paste and continue to cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 
  • Add the butter and flour, allow this whole mixture to cook for at least 10 more minutes. 
  • While stirring vigorously, add the chicken broth, heavy cream, seasonings, and shredded chicken. Allow the soup to simmer for at least 10 more minutes to allow it to thicken.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve. 
picture of a spoon scooping up a spoonful of corn chowder with shredded chicken in a bowl

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Corn Chowder & FAQs

Make it in the slow cooker. If I want to allow this soup to simmer slowly in a slow cooker for a few hours on the counter, I do the first four steps in a large skillet (and drain the cans of corn.) Then I scrape the veggie/butter/flour mixture into the slow cooker on medium and add all the additional ingredients, ensuring they’re all stirred well. Allow the slow cooker to simmer all ingredients for at least a few hours. 

Is corn healthy? Corn has gotten a bad wrap lately, but it can be a great addition to a well-balanced diet. There’s a very big difference nutritionally between processed corn and whole corn kernels, which are in this soup. Whole corn on the cob only has about 100 calories (the same as an average apple) but is packed with fiber. Fiber can help make you feel fuller longer. You can read more about corn – and why it’s not only a healthy choice for your family, but an important part of America’s heartland – here.

Do I use chicken stock or broth in this recipe? The difference between chicken broth and chicken stock is one of the top questions I get on my site – it can be confusing, but this should help you find the right pick for you. Although this recipe calls for chicken broth, if you have chicken stock it’s great to substitute. Chicken stock is made by boiling mostly the bony parts (and some meaty leftovers) of the chicken. Broth, on the other hand, is made primarily with meat and veggies. Bone broth, which is very popular right now for sipping, is made with roasted bones only, and is simmered for at least 48 hours. Ultimately, any of these will work for this chowder. 

Our top corn chowder tips:

My recipe for boiled chicken (INTERNAL LINK) makes this whole soup pull together beautifully. It’s so delicious! 

If you’re making boiled chicken for this soup, it’s easy to make extra and use it for salads or even to eat alone.

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to boil chicken, I’ve used a store-bought rotisserie chicken instead with this recipe and love it! 

Try putting some shredded cheddar cheese in the bottom of the bowl with this chowder. A little bit of melty cheese in the bottom is a great treat.

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FAQs

What if I only have fresh sweet corn or frozen corn?

If you’re cutting corn off the cob or using frozen corn use about 2 1/2 cups of corn in this recipe.

How long does corn chowder last?

This chowder will last 3 to 5 days in a covered container in the refrigerator. If reheating, I suggest bringing it to just a boil.

How can I thicken corn chowder?

If you like a thick chowder, try reserving half the corn in a medium bowl, before adding it, blend it with your immersion blender to a thick purée.

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What to Serve With Corn Chowder

We like to serve corn chowder with:

  • Sprinkle with smoked paprika on top
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green onions
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Minced jalapeno 
  • Cilantro
  • Diced bell pepper

And serve with Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits, The Best Easy No Knead Bread, or our super delicious Parker House style Buttery Soft Dinner Rolls Recipe to dip in the chowder – perfection!

For more of our recent easy bread recipes – some are great for dipping in chowder, some make a great sweet dessert – please find our favorite recent picks here:

What to Pair With Chowder

For chowder, we really prefer to pair with beers of all kinds – we like to serve corn and chicken chowder with a pilsner, stout, porter, lager or kolsch.

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The Best Corn Chowder Recipe

The Best Corn Chowder Recipe – delicious creamy corn chowder with shredded chicken, corn, vegetables, and a touch of a spicy kick from cayenne!
Course soups
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chowder, corn, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 669kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • pounds cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 15.25 ounce cans sweet corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add vegetable oil, onion, and celery. Saute on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Add the corn and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic paste and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.
  • Add the butter and flour and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • While stirring, add the chicken broth, heavy cream, seasonings, and shredded chicken to the pot and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until thickened.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve.

Notes

  • To shred the chicken, I boiled it until it was fully cooked, then placed in my stand mixer with a paddle attachment and mixed until it was shredded.
  • This chowder is not spicy, but you could increase the cayenne or chili powder to increase the heat. With the current measurements they mostly add warmth and flavor.
  • The onion amount can be reduced if you’re not a huge onion fan.
  • 1 cup of diced carrots could be added to this recipe when the onions and celery go in the pot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 669kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 971mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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