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Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder

50 minutes
6 servings

Embrace the warmth of a hearty and comforting Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder, packed with tender chicken, sweet corn, nutty wild rice, and a creamy base infused with the flavors of bacon, vegetables, and herbs. This easy-to-make soup is the perfect antidote to chilly days, promising a delightful culinary experience that will leave you wanting more.

Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder
Embrace the warmth of a hearty and comforting Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder, packed with tender chicken, sweet corn, nutty wild rice, and a creamy base infused with the flavors of bacon, vegetables, and herbs. This easy-to-make soup is the perfect antidote to chilly days, promising a delightful culinary experience that will leave you wanting more.

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a warm, comforting bowl of soup. And one of my all-time favorite soups is Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder.

This soup is packed with flavor and goodness. It’s got tender chicken, sweet corn, nutty wild rice, and a creamy base that’s infused with the flavors of bacon, vegetables, and herbs. It’s the perfect meal to warm you up on a chilly day.

Chicken &Amp; Corn Wild Rice Chowder

What is Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder?

Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder is a hearty, creamy soup made with chicken, corn, wild rice, vegetables, and herbs. It’s a classic New England comfort food that’s sure to please everyone at the table.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

I love this recipe because it’s so easy to make and so delicious. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken. Plus, it’s a healthy and filling meal that’s perfect for a cold winter night.

Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple and readily available. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bacon: The bacon adds a delightful smoky flavor and a bit of crispy goodness to the chowder.
  • Carrot, celery, and onion: These aromatic vegetables form the base of the soup, providing a savory backbone.
  • Dried sage: Sage adds a warm, earthy flavor that complements the chicken and vegetables perfectly.
  • Garlic: Garlic is essential for adding depth and complexity to any soup, and this chowder is no exception.
  • Chicken broth: Chicken broth provides the liquid base for the soup and adds a savory flavor.
  • Milk: Milk adds creaminess and richness to the chowder.
  • Cooked wild rice: Wild rice is a nutty and flavorful grain that adds a unique texture to the soup.
  • Corn: Sweet and juicy corn kernels add a touch of sweetness and a pop of color.
  • Roasted red peppers: Roasted red peppers add a smoky sweetness and a hint of tanginess to the chowder.
  • Cooked, shredded chicken: Chicken is the star of this soup, providing a hearty and satisfying protein boost.

Substitutions & Additions

As with any recipe, you can feel free to make substitutions or add additional ingredients to suit your taste and preferences. Here are a few ideas:

  • If you’re vegetarian, you can omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead.
  • For a spicier chowder, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeño pepper.
  • If you have fresh corn on the cob, you can roast it off the cob and use it in place of frozen corn.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the chowder, such as diced potatoes or chopped zucchini.

Equipment Needed for Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder

How to Make this Recipe

This recipe is super easy to follow, even for novice cooks. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cook the bacon: In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside, reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pot.
  2. Sauté the vegetables: Add the carrot, celery, and onion to the pot with the bacon grease. Sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add seasonings and garlic: Stir in the sage, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.
  4. Deglaze the pot: Pour in the chicken broth and milk, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Add rice and corn: Stir in the cooked wild rice and corn.
  6. Add roasted red peppers and chicken: Stir in the roasted red peppers and cooked, shredded chicken.
  7. Simmer and adjust seasonings: Bring the chowder to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the flavors have melded. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve: Serve the chowder hot, garnished with crumbled bacon if desired.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips for making the best Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder:

  • Use good-quality chicken broth. This will make a big difference in the flavor of the soup.
  • Use cooked wild rice. This will save you time and effort.
  • If you don’t have roasted red peppers, you can omit them or use another type of pepper, such as bell peppers.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables to this soup, such as potatoes, green beans, or zucchini.
  • This soup is also great with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche.
Chicken &Amp; Corn Wild Rice Chowder

Serving Suggestions

This soup is perfect for a cold winter night. Serve it with a warm loaf of bread and a salad.

Storage Suggestions

This soup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Chicken &Amp; Corn Wild Rice Chowder

Recipe FAQ

Can I make this soup in the slow cooker?

Yes, you can make this soup in the slow cooker. Simply cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy, then add it to the slow cooker. Add the vegetables and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until softened. Stir in the sage, garlic, chicken broth, milk, wild rice, corn, and roasted red peppers. Cook on low for 2-3 hours more, or until the wild rice is cooked through. Stir in the cooked, shredded chicken and serve.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, you can freeze this soup. Simply let it cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder. It’s a delicious and easy-to-make soup that’s perfect for a cold winter night.

Chicken &Amp; Corn Wild Rice Chowder

Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder

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Embrace the warmth of a hearty and comforting Chicken & Corn Wild Rice Chowder, packed with tender chicken, sweet corn, nutty wild rice, and a creamy base infused with the flavors of bacon, vegetables, and herbs. This easy-to-make soup is the perfect antidote to chilly days, promising a delightful culinary experience that will leave you wanting more.
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 oz wild rice cooked
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers drained, chopped
  • 2 cups boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked, shredded

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside, reserving about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pot.
  • Add the carrot, celery, and onion to the pot with the bacon grease. Sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the sage, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute more, until fragrant.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and milk, and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the cooked wild rice and corn. Stir in the roasted red peppers and cooked, shredded chicken.
  • Bring the chowder to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the flavors have melded. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the chowder hot, garnished with crumbled bacon if desired.
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