Cheesy Chicken and Potato Chowder

Yesterday I had a sick day. I wasn’t particularly sick, just not feeling my best, and so pushed aside my to-do list and remained in pajamas for the large majority of the day. On a recent Saturday I had spent all day cooking and strapped to my camera, so a day “off” was long overdue.

As the rain beat against the house and weather waged war outside, I stayed in, snuggled up with a huge, soft blanket and a good movie, and just stopped being productive for a moment… or maybe many moments… which turned into a few hours. These are the occasional joys of being self employed!

But eventually, being lazy and boring got very… well, boring, and I popped over to my desk to answer some emails. Then (after catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror – yikes) traded the soft pj’s for a pair of snug Levi’s and ran a brush through my hair. Success! I was actually making something of this day!

Yes, in this case, a good hairbrush-ing was an accomplishment, people.

After tying up a few loose ends left throughout the day and checking off some more to-do’s, I was feeling a bit more pep in my step! Sometimes it just takes some recharging and relaxing to get you going again. Or, in my case, chocolate and fuzzy socks and a so-bad-it’s-good Kate Hudson flick.

For my final act, I decided to whip up this simple, comforting chicken potato chowder with a bunch of pantry staples, fresh veggies and a leftover chopped up rotisserie chicken. Hearty and full of homemade goodness, this soup was absolutely perfect for a gloomy day and smelled amazing as it bubbled on the stovetop. Every creamy, cheesy spoonful was like getting a big grandma hug from the inside… and you know that’s gotta be good!

I’ll be simmering and slurping up this chowder all winter long, especially since it’s so easy and we always have the ingredients to make it on the fly. I know you and your family will love it, too!

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Cheesy Chicken and Potato Chowder

Yield: Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups (2 medium) diced peeled potatoes

1 cup (2-3 medium) diced carrots

1 cup (3 medium stalks) diced celery

1/2 cup diced onion

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk (I used skim)

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups diced cooked chicken

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

In a 4-quart saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat; add the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper and thyme. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened. Reduce heat and add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir cheese mixture and shredded chicken into broth. Cook and stir until heated through.

Ladle into serving bowls. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Enjoy!

(For 1 cup serving) Calories: 322 | Fat: 19g | Carbs: 18g | Protein: 21g

Adapted from Taste of Home

      

47 Responses to “Cheesy Chicken and Potato Chowder”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 17, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    Sometimes a recharge is necessary! I think I’m overdue for one.

    Now this chowder – love it! I’d be happy to trade my chili for this :)

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — October 17, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    I can’t remember the last time I had a “stay in your PJ” day or “stay in your PJ” most of the day but it sounds so good. Especially when you can curl up with this hearty and comforting soup. Will be putting this on my to-make list. Have a great rest of the week Georgia! :)

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — October 17, 2013 @ 1:28 am

    i hope you are feeling recharged, little jealous of your self employed situation..I could see myself making a large batch of this soup very soon.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — October 17, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    I LOVE this chowder! I know it’s spring and not autumn here but I could happily eat a bowl of this right now.

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 17, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    Nothing like taking time for some R&R to get you inspired and motivated again for more hard work! I did the same yesterday in my jambes…but, was recovering from an allergic reaction (to fingerling potatoes of all things!) with swollen face, eyelids and red facial bumps. No fun! The Benadryl knocked me out and I slept the day away. What I need right now is this chowder! Mmm…looks delish, girl! Beautiful photos, as always! Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 17, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    Hahaha! OK, this spell check thing? Drives me nuts! I typed “jammies” but it “corrected” me with “jambes”, LOL! ;)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — October 17, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    A super satisfying and delicious chowder!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 17, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    pajama days are just necessary sometimes! Hope you’re feeling better today. I’d seriously love a bowl of this!

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    Alyssa — October 17, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    This is comfort food at it’s finest…yummmmyyy!

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    shelly@ohshellsbells — October 17, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    i am scheduling a recharge for tomorrow. crossing my fingers that my boss approves the time off!

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    Eileen — October 17, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    We all need a (non-sick) day once in awhile. It does wonders – doesn’t it? This soup looks so creamy and yummy Georgia. I am definitely ready to start making homemade soups again.

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    Eat Good 4 Life — October 17, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    I have been in soup mode all this week and this chowder looks fantastic to try. It really looks creamy, which I love in soups. I love the fact that this has 2 cups of cheese, I just love cheese and the more the better :-)

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — October 17, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    This soup looks like the perfect meal for a lazy day! I love how cozy and delish it looks, and the addition of cheese sounds amazing :)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 17, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Hope you’re feeling better! Love a good, creamy chowder! This looks amazing!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 17, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    A day in pj’s sounds just perfect. I’d love a big bowl of this comforting chowder!

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    Bree (Skinny Mommy) — October 17, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    Ah I want a pajama day! Sounds fabulous–and so does this soup!

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    Ash-foodfashionparty — October 17, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Hope you are feeling better and charged up. We all need it once in a while.
    Now, this soup is so perfect, it’s getting slightly chilly around here. But, regardless would love to have this comforting chicken chowder.

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    RavieNomNoms — October 17, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    What a perfect recipe for the Fall!! This looks amazing!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — October 17, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Everybody deserve a couple of hours relexation and nothing like soup to calm the soul.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 17, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    Sounds delicious, Georgia! Hope you’re feeling all better now!!

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    Shirley — October 17, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    I think there’s too much flour in this recipe. Is it a misprint? I got a thick gloppy dough that was like paste.

    • Georgia — October 17th, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

      No, not a misprint. I made it exactly according to the recipe and ended up with what you see here. You’re making a roux, so it should be a somewhat gloppy, paste-like mixture before adding the milk. Did you add the full 1/4 cup butter?

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    Kelly — October 17, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    Hope you are feeling better Georgia, there’s nothing better than getting a much needed recharge :) This soup looks absolutely perfect for comforting the soul and taste buds. Gorgeous pics as always :) Pinning to make this since it’s perfect for those rainy days we’ll be getting here soon, thanks for sharing Georgia :)

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 18, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    Great-looking soup, Georgia! So creamy and comforting!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — October 18, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    This just screams COMFORT FOOD! Adding this to my “must make” list!

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    Taa — October 18, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Looks yummy! Do you use homemade chicken broth? If not, what brand do you recommend? thanks!

    • Georgia — October 20th, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

      No, but you can! I just use Swanson low-sodium chicken broth.

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    Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living — October 18, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    This soup is perfect– especially now that flu-season is in full-swing. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — October 18, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Your partial day off sounds so good and is SO what I need right now. And, how perfect is this soup for a day like that? Pure comfort.

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    Gaby — October 18, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    A big bowl of this soup would be the ideal first step to a day of relaxation!

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    Monet — October 18, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    Ah! So glad you took the day to take care of yourself..and that it eventually ended up with this soup. Looks so very good and comforting, sweet friend!

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    Emily — October 20, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Just made this for lunch, and it is very good! I used unpeeled yukon gold potatoes and some dried onion. I’ll be making it again :)

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 20, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    I adore a good chowder and yours takes a different direction than mine usually do. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Barbara — October 22, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    This was wonderful. I had to adapt a couple of things with what I had in the house (for ex. no chicken stock, but had vegetable stock) but the flavor was terrific and everyone wanted seconds. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 22, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    i’ve been dying for some thick and hearty soup recipes and this fits the bill & then some! LOVE that it’s cheesy and creamy.. that totally makes my tummy happy :)

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    Deborah — October 25, 2013 @ 1:43 am

    I could totally go for a sick day right now – especially if it involves a pot of this soup!

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — October 25, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    What a hearty soup!! Bet it would warm you up on a cool fall night…

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    Cara — October 26, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    I saw this on pinterest and immediately got to work. What a fantastic reward! We harvested potatoes from our garden today and they were so good in this! It is a keeper for sure!

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 27, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Mmmm.. so comforting! I could go for a few bowls, right now :D

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    Ingrid — November 1, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    I made this the other day and it is to die for. I will make this again and again. I had some turkey that needed to be used so instead of chicken I used turkey. This soup is simply amazing, This would be great for the turkey left overs after Thanksgiving, keep that in mind everyone. Thank you for the recipe.

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    Rita Strickland — November 16, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    I’ve just finished making this chowder. I followed the recipe exactly as written and was delicious. This recipe is a keeper. I’m going to take some to my parents tomorrow after I get off work.

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    Chrissy Deslippe — November 18, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I’ve made this soup so many times since I found it! I always trade out the chicken for ham and it is devoured by my husband. I make large batches, sometimes even tripling the recipe! Always a home run in my home! Thanks!

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    Susan — November 30, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much! My whole family love this.

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    Annie B — December 18, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

    Loved this soup! Thanks for such a great recipe. I will halve the thyme on my next batch…it was a little too strong, but everything else was perfect. Thanks :)

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    Debbie — January 5, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    We just made this for dinner and it is a huge hit! Great meal for a cold night. Love the flavor of everything. We will definitely be making this a lot more in the future. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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    Tiffnay — February 3, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    Could this be done in a crock pot? Or maybe cooking it, the night before then putting it in the fridge and in the crock pot to reheat the next day?

    • Georgia — February 3rd, 2014 @ 9:00 am

      Since it’s a creamy, cheesy soup I wouldn’t recommend cooking it in the CrockPot, but you could certainly try it. Cooking it on your stovetop and reheating in the CrockPot at a low temp should work fine.

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