Soup in the crockpot is one of the best meals. It takes minutes to throw together, as long as you have some cooked meat on hand, and is the perfect warming meal on these cold winter nights. This creamy crockpot chicken corn chowder is one of my favourites.
I’ve made this with both chicken and turkey (some of you may have some of that to get rid of right about now!), and it is amazing with either one. As long as your meat is cooked – I tend to use leftover cooked meat for this soup – it literally takes about 10 minutes to chop and saute the veggies and toss it all in the crockpot.
I made this for supper with some homemade bread last week on a day that brought about 2 feet of snow and a whole lot of cold! It was the perfect meal for that kind of night – and since it’s still stupidly cold here, I may just be making it again soon!
The really nice thing about this chowder, is that it’s actually quite healthy. I find that most creamy chowder style soups are quite heavy and not even remotely healthy. But this one is mostly chicken stock and veggies, with some milk and a bit of cream cheese added at the end of the cooking time to provide it’s creaminess. I suppose it’s not quite as healthy as a broth soup, but it’s more filling, so it’s fine for a full meal, which can’t really be said for all soups!
This soup is also pretty adaptable, although let’s be honest, most soups are! Swap out the bacon for ham, use turkey instead of chicken, add some cheddar cheese, swap in a different kind of vegetable. I’ve tried a number of variations on this soup and have loved them all, but this is probably my favourite version. Use what you have on hand though.
And if you don’t like spicy foods, don’t worry about the jalapeño! Since the seeds are removed, it doesn’t add any heat to the soup, just flavour that you don’t want to lose. Trust me! And if you like things spicy, you could probably leave some of the seeds in. Pretty sure that would be awesome, but since I have high hopes of my children actually eating the food I make for them, I haven’t tried that yet, as I know it would be a deal breaker!
If you’re looking for something to do with some chicken (or Thanksgiving turkey!) leftovers, give this soup a try. You won’t be disappointed!
What’s your favourite soup for cold winter nights? Leave me a comment and let me know, it’s freezing and I need more soup recipes to try!