Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder


Smoky bacon, spicy jalapenos, and a vibrant blend of sweet peppers and corn create a symphony of flavor that makes this chicken chowder anything but ordinary. Rich cream and buttery Yukon potatoes provide balance, while a dash of cayenne pepper adds depth.

Spicy Chicken-Corn Chowder
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 8 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup chopped red sweet pepper

  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion

  • 1 - 2 jalapeño chile peppers, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes, chopped

  • 2 cup fresh sweet corn kernels

  • 1 ½ cup whipping cream

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Jalapeño chile pepper slices (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a spoon; set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in pan.

  2. Add chicken to pan. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until chicken is no longer pink; remove from pan. Add sweet pepper and onion to pan. Cook and stir until tender. Add chopped jalapeño and garlic; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Stir in flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or just until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken, corn, cream, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Top with jalapeño slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

396 Calories
23g Fat
26g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 396
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 826mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 50.2mg 251%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 626mg 13%
Folate, total 60.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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