Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder

The weather turned rainy and cooler earlier this week. We had to run a bunch of errands so we got soaking wet. When we finally got home all I wanted to eat was soup. Something comforting with a bit of spice is what I wanted. I had a soup similar to this at a restaurant a few years ago when we lived in Charlotte, NC and I've wanted to make it ever since, just never got around to it. This spicy and creamy chowder warmed me right up and I was a happy girl again.

For those of you that eat the Trim Healthy Mama way, this would be a heavy S. This is comfort food baby! It is also low-carb and gluten-free. When you're in need of something comforting, give this delicious chowder a try.

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Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder (THM: Heavy S) Serves 4-5
  • 1 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts or thighs, diced into bite size pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 5 small jalapenos, ribs and seeds removed and diced ***Wash your hands thoroughly after working the jalapenos and DO NOT touch your eyes for at least a few hours.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1 t. cumin
  • pinch of cayenne OR red pepper flakes
  • 10.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with chilies, i.e. Rotel (mild or original)
  • 2 c. chicken broth or stock
  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 8 oz. turkey bacon or regular bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • green onions, optional for topping
  1. Cut chicken breasts or thighs, into small bite size pieces. Season with salt & pepper. Heat 1 1/2 t. of olive oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add the chicken to the pot and cook until no longer pink in the center. While the chicken is cooking prepare your vegetables. Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the pot and set aside on a plate.
  2. Heat the other 1 1/2 t. of olive oil over medium heat in the soup pot. Add the onion, carrot, celery, jalapenos and garlic to the pot. Cook until the onions are tender and translucent. Put the cooked chicken back into the pot and add the spices. Cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the can of diced tomatoes with chilies and the chicken stock to the pot and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for 25 minutes uncovered.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cream cheese and heavy cream. Stir until the cream cheese has completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in half of the bacon.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with green onions and the remaining bacon.


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  2. Is it super spicy? Sounds delish but not sure if the kids will eat it if it's too spicy

    1. If you use mild Rotel and make sure you really get the seeds and ribs out of the jalapenos it shouldn't be too spicy. Also, you could reduce the jalapenos to 3 instead of 5.

  3. Can't wait to make this! Extra spicy too!

    1. We love our spice here too! :)

    2. This was spectacularly delicious! Used Rotel with Habaneros and added a dice zucchini. No leftovers :( we have a monthly THM group potluck. I'm making this for the next one! Thank you!

    3. So glad you liked it! :)

  4. Excited to try this, but would love if you could fix the printable link. It formats really badly, and takes three pages to print!

  5. Thank you! This is so good! I used leftover chicken and broth and added some diced zucchini as someone else suggested. I also just dumped all the bacon in the pot rather than garnishing. My husband and I at this as-is with a side salad. For the kids, I put some canned white beans and frozen corn in their bowls to give them a cross-over and stretch the meal a bit. I will be making this over and over.

  6. I'm so glad your family enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing that with me!

  7. Excellent! PERFECT for a fall day!

  8. Would the cream cheese melt into the broth OK without the cream? Or should I at least add milk? Trying to avoid a trip to the store!

    1. Yes it will still melt fine. You can just sub almond milk or omit all together.

  9. I have a jar of sliced jalapenos instead of the whole ones. Could I use those?

  10. Where's the bacon enter the recipe? Looks incredible!

  11. Where's the bacon enter the recipe? Looks incredible!

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  13. You mix it in near the end?