Monday, November 24, 2008

Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder

I am not a big spicy food fan, but there is something about the smokiness of chipotle peppers that I like. Having a can of chipotles in adobo is definitely one of my pantry staples. They save forever in the fridge, but they never last long in our house.

This chowder came from a desire to use chipotles, and to use up some rotisserie chicken in the's super simple and feeds a crowd! With Thanksgiving leftovers looming, this would be a perfect use for the turkey and potatoes sitting around.

Chipotle Chicken & Corn Chowder
  • 1 can chipotles in adobo
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 pounds, cooked, and shredded
  • 2 cups potatoes, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 16 oz frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  1. Take one chipotle chili and 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can. Reserve the remaining sauce and chilies. Finely chop the chili.
  2. Place about a tsp of olive oil in the bottom of a dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Put the first 8 ingredients (through garlic) and saute until the onion is tender, about 6 minutes.
  4. Take this mixture and puree in a food processor or blender in batches. Put back into dutch oven and add chicken broth.
  5. Stir in potatoes and frozen corn, allow to come to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are just cooked
    Stir in shredded chicken and cream, cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add tomatoes and reserved adobo sauce. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Serve with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.



Reeni said...

Chipotles are one of my faves too! Your soup looks really yummy, it's making me hungry.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Thanks Reeni! I'm actually using chipotles again tonight with some fish tacos. Like I said, they never last long around here!

Thanks for stopping by,


Haley said...

You have such a cute and blog and so many great recipes! I could look around forever :) This soup sounds amazing, definitely a great one for leftovers.

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Haley, KI Blogger said...

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Anonymous said...

I made this dinner tonight and it was super yummy! I forgot the thyme, but it was still delicious. Thanks for the great recipe :-)