Chicken Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

This soup recipe is definitely going to be added onto the winter dinner rotation. It’s simple, quick to put together, full of great flavor, and healthy! It’s dairy and gluten free, and can easily be made meat free. I am a huge fan of corn in anything, and definitely fresh sweet corn in the summer, so good!

This soup is simple and requires very little prep. I use frozen fire roasted bell peppers and onions, frozen and canned corn, rotisserie chicken or frozen cooked chicken. The only real work involved is chopping a few potatoes and throwing everything in the pot! You can control the spice level by lowering or upping the cayenne pepper amount. If you’re not dairy free it’s great with some added cheese, it ups the creamy factor which I love!

This is a great soup exchange recipe and freezes and re-heats wonderfully!

Chicken Corn Chowder with Potatoes and Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

Servings 6
Author Laura Doerr

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fire roasted peppers and onions (freezer section) diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 russet potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 16 oz bag frozen corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 2 cups chicken cooked, shredded
  • 14.5 oz can cream style corn
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper

Optional additions/toppings

  • 5 oz Velveeta or shredded cheddar cheese
  • crispy bacon
  • scallions chopped
  • Fritos

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven heat the olive oil over med-high heat. Saute the peppers and onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the chicken broth, almond milk, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and diced potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not mushy. Time will vary depending on the size of potatoes. 

  2. Stir in the frozen corn. For a thicker soup (recommended) remove about 2 1/2 cups of the soup and put into a food processor, and pulse, and return to pot. Or, if you have an immersion blender, blend the entire pot for 30-60 seconds so that the chucks break up a bit.

  3. Stir in the chicken and can of cream corn, simmer for 10 minutes or until everything is heated through. Taste for seasoning, add salt and pepper as needed, and more cayenne if you like it more spicy.

  4. If you are not making the dairy free version, stir in 5 oz. of cubed Velveeta cheese or other shredded cheese for a thicker cheesy consistency. Serve as is or with crispy bacon bits, shredded cheddar, scallions, or even crunchy Fritos!

Recipe Notes

You can find frozen bags fire roasted bell peppers and onions in most grocery stores. I like to dice them up even more, but if you like them more chunky you can leave them as is. They work great in eggs too!

Rotisserie chicken works great in this recipe, but I've also used frozen pre-cooked shredded chicken. 

If you're not dairy free you can use regular milk, butter instead of olive oil, and add in cheese for creaminess, but it's just as tasty without!

This soup freezes and re-heats great too!

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