My husband has been craving Chicken Corn Chowder lately, so I decided to make a version based on two of my other popular soups, my Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice and Buffalo Chicken Soup. This recipe makes a lot of soup (15 cups!), but my husband said to him it’s more like 3-4 servings because he ate it out of a big serving bowl (really). Needless to say, it was a big hit with Mr. Bites! This soup is creamy and hearty with corn, potatoes, carrots, celery and chicken and it’s topped with green onions and bacon. I found a cup of it to be very filling and it would be perfect for lunch or dinner paired with a salad or sandwich. At just 183 calories or 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints, a cup of this Chicken Corn Chowder will even leave you some calories for dessert!
12 oz Russet potatoes, cubed (you can peel or not peel as long as you scrub!)
¾ cup sliced carrots
¾ cup chopped celery
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 tablespoons (1 stick) of light butter (I use Land O’Lakes)
2 cups fat free half and half
2 (15 oz each) cans of corn, drained
1 (14.5 oz) can creamed corn
2 oz canned diced green chilies
2 scallions, sliced
Cook the bacon according to package directions until crisp. Remove the bacon slices to a stack of paper towels to dry. Chop or crumble the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
Bring the water and chicken broth to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through and easy to shred. Remove the cooked chicken breasts to a cutting board and shred or chop into small pieces. Replace the lid and continue to simmer the rest.
Mix together the flour, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl until combined. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour a spoonful at a time to smoothly combine with the butter. Pour the half and half in a little at a time, stirring continuously with a whisk to allow the roux to combine with the cream. Continue whisking and adding half and half until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add the cooked chicken and the cream mixture into the soup pot and stir to combine. Add the canned and creamed corn and the diced chilies and stir. Bring the soup back to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes or so to allow the soup to thicken and the flavors to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl of soup with sliced scallions and crumbled bacon when serving.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 6 per (1 cup) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 5 per (1 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)
183 calories, 20 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 6 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 12 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)