One of the recipes I have made for as long as I can remember is corn chowder. It is probably one of my most favorite Fall/Winter meals; it screams comfort to me. But my old version had lots of “cream of’s…” in it…cream corn, cream of chicken soup, heavy cream, etc. I have been wanting to make a lighter version and wanted to try to use less processed ingredients. Still, those cans can sure make things move pretty quickly, huh? Well, after a little bit of searching I found a similar recipe at Cooking Light only they used crab and I didn’t have crab on hand, so I subbed canned chicken. I’m not normally a fan of canned meat, but I swear in a pinch, it’s quick and surprisingly delicious!
No need to worry that this is a weekend soup, I didn’t have anything prepped and this came together within an hour. Perfect for a weeknight! Save YOURself even more time and have everything ready to go; you’ll be enjoying creamy, comforting goodness in no time flat.
The name of this soup is pretty accurate; the poblano adds a lot of spice!
1 medium poblano chile (roasted, peeled and diced; see below)
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1T crumbled bacon (I used Hormel Real Bacon Pieces)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon Cayenne (ground red) pepper
1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn kernels
1 cup fat free half-and-half, divided
1 medium/large russet potato, peeled and chopped
2 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth
2T all-purpose flour
1 cup 1% reduced-fat milk
1 (10-ounce) container 98% premium chicken breast, or 1 ½ cups leftover cooked chicken, cubed
Place pepper on a piece of aluminum foil and broil approximately 8 minutes on each side or until blackened. Then place the pepper in a small plastic bag & seal. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Peel and chop. I always remove the seeds since the seeds have tons of heat. It’s easiest to do this by cutting the pepper around them (they stay nice and neat on the inside; you might get a few stragglers.)
In a Dutch oven or large soup pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion, salt, sugar and cayenne to pan; sautéing approximately 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove about ½ of the corn mixture from pan and combine it with ¾ cup half-and-half in a blender, processing until smooth. Set aside.
Add potato to pan; sauteing about 2 minutes.
Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook approximately 6 minutes or until potato is almost tender. Reduce heat to medium.
Add flour mixture to pan. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Return corn puree to pan.