A quick & easy corn chowder with a rich, thick creamy base you'll think is chock full of calories - but it's not! A healthy comfort food that is just begging to be made.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keywords chicken chowder, chicken corn chowder, corn chowder
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 597 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion or about 1/3 large sweet onion diced
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic or 2 cloves minced
  • 4 cups frozen or canned corn divided
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 5-6 small round potatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced or shredded (rotisserie chicken is quick & easy)
  • 1/2 cup fat free half & half
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • Garnish: thinly sliced green onion crumbled bacon


  1. In a large deep skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan & set aside.
  2. Add onion, red pepper, celery and minced garlic to pan & cook in bacon fat for about 8-10 minutes or until onion is soft & slightly browned.
  3. While vegetables are sautéing, place 2 cups drained corn and 1 cup milk in a blender. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
  4. When vegetables are done, add puréed corn, remaining corn kernels, chicken broth, potatoes, seasonings and chicken to pan and cook over medium to medium-high heat until potatoes are done but still a little firm, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Right before serving, add crisp bacon (reserving one piece for garnish), half & half and cheese. Return to a low simmer and stir until cheese has melted and cream has warmed.
  6. Serve in soup bowls garnished with bacon and green onion.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 2320mg97%
Potassium 1066mg30%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 985IU20%
Vitamin C 48.7mg59%
Calcium 350mg35%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.