January 9, 2014

Cheesy chipotle chicken, corn, and potato chowder

As I write this, we are under a "state of emergency" in western New York state because of the winter storm (they are even beginning to call it a blizzard). Snow, WIND, sub-zero temperatures, driving bans, and more. It times like this when there is nothing better to eat than a hot, comforting bowl of soup (while curled up on the couch with a blanket, of course). This chowder is super comforting and warming from the cheese and spices. It's spicy, but not overwhelmingly hot. Plus it is hearty and filling (my husband sometimes complains about soups not being filling enough). Cubed chicken, diced potatoes, corn, and poblano peppers add heft to this bowl of soup.

This recipe will make about four big bowls of soup, or six smaller ones. It's perfect for a wintery day. Top it with sour cream, extra cheese, crumbled corn chips, or even some avocado.

Stay warm out there, folks! 

Cheesy chipotle chicken, corn, and potato chowder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
3 scallions, thinly sliced, with greens and whites separated
1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced, plus 1-3 teaspoons of sauce, divided
4 cups chicken broth
2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large cooked chicken breast, cubed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/2 cup frozen corn
1-1/2 cups milk
2 heaped tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/3 cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
sour cream, for serving

Heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a soup/stock pot. When warm, add the onion, scallion whites, and poblano. Stir well and cook until the onion begins to turn translucent. Stir in the garlic, smoked paprika, coriander, and cumin along with a couple pinches of salt and a couple grinds of black pepper. 

Stir in the minced chipotle peppers and chicken broth. Stir well and let the mixture come to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook at a low boil until they are just fork tender. Stir in the chicken and corn.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Add a couple ladles of the soup broth into the milk a stir. Then pour the mixture into the pot. Whisk well and let the broth come to a boil. Reduce to simmer and stir often until the broth begins to thicken. 

Remove from the heat and whisk in the cheeses, one cup at a time. Stir in the cilantro and reserved scallion greens. Stir in the adobo sauce to taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot topped with extra cilantro and sour cream along with other toppings as desired. 

What was I cooking one year ago?: kabocha squash and coconut pudding
Two years ago?: cheddar broccoli soup
Three?: carrot coconut muffins
4?: Thai sweet pumpkin


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  2. This looks like a great soup. I love chipotles and cheese. Surely, this can keep you warm!

  3. Oh no! Stay warm chica!! If anything is going to keep you toasty, it's this soup! I love all the hearty flavors.

    1. Thanks! Now it's going to be a high of 50 degrees tomorrow with flash flood warnings -- crazy weather!

  4. This looks like such a thick and comforting soup Amy! Love all the spices and cheese!

  5. Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by Savoring Today and for your well wishes for 2014. :) Your soup looks comforting and delicious, perfect for the winter blast so many are experiencing right now ~ love the flavor combo!

  6. A delicious way to keep warm. Stay safe and cozy.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  7. Looks delicious and so hearty... almost like a tomato soup, but with chicken. LOVE IT!

  8. My sister lives in the eastern part of the state and she sent me a screen cap of the weather report. I sent her one from summertime Australia. I think if we met in the middle we'd all be happy.

    Your soup looks warming and comforting and oh so delicious.

  9. This cheesy soup looks fantastic! Wish I could have a bowl right away.

  10. We've heard all about it in the news! This chowder is perfect for this weather. Stay safe and warm!

  11. I've been making so much soup this month with all the cold weather we're having in Toronto. Yours looks terrific!

  12. This chowder sounds great! I love a great soup on a cold day!

  13. Oh YUM!!! What a great bowl of comfort food and perfect for the weather you're having I'm sure!

  14. I'm making loads of soup at this time of the year! We had that snow emergency thing last week. This week? Temperature in the 50s! Still have some unmelted snow, though. Great looking recipe - thanks.

  15. This chowder is so appetizing and homey!

  16. This sounds delicious!! I love chipotle chicken :) YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!

  17. This chowder looks great, love how creamy and savory it is!

  18. I love any soup that involves potatoes because they're always SO hearty (and I love potatoes anyways)! This looks like a bounty of flavors, and perfect for a chilly winter night. I could use a bowl myself.

  19. Oh this soup has so many of my favorite things! And with the chipotle and smoked paprika - I love that smoky kind of heat from them! This definitely needs to happen soon in my kitchen!

  20. Hi Amy, your comfort soup look very appetizing. Love the spices combination, the soup must be really wonderful and fragrant. :))

    Best regards.

  21. Amy, this soup looks tasty, I bet it was full of great flavor!


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