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Chicken Potato Chowder

This chicken potato chowder is great for using up leftover grilled chicken breasts. It is easy to make and super tasty thanks to added bacon.

white bowl filled with chicken potato chowder

I am always looking for ways to use up leftover grilled chicken. We tend to buy the family pack of chicken breasts when they are on sale and then we grill them all at the same time.

A little salt, a little pepper, and then meals for days.

Chicken sandwiches are one of my go-to’s, as is this grilled chicken and avocado salad. But sometimes, even in the summer, I want soup. When that soup craving hits, I make chowder.

I have had a few people tell me that I’m nuts because I eat soup year-round. I have found, however, that there is a whole gang of summer soup lovers. We really should start a club.

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Chicken Potato Chowder

This chicken potato chowder is hearty thanks to large amounts of grilled chicken and potatoes. It’s tasty thanks to some bacon. I just couldn’t resist adding bacon to this chowder.

I like my soup and chowder to be on the thin side – if you are a fan of thick chowder, you could add a little cornstarch to the liquid to thicken it up. You could also decrease the amount of broth/stock by up to 1 cup.

If you don’t have leftover grilled chicken, cook about one and a half pounds of chicken breast to make this chowder recipe. You could also use rotisserie chicken – I bet that would be really tasty!

Also, I used red potatoes with the skin on; we scrub them really well with a brush and then chop them up. You could use any potatoes that you like – that is just my favorite kind in chowder.

Looking for more soup recipes? Check out these fall soup recipes!

white bowl on a wooden surface. bowl is full of chowder and there is a white napkin and a cutting board of sliced bread

How To Make Chicken Potato Chowder

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, saute the onions for 5 minutes. Then add the celery and carrots, stirring frequently and sauteing for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth, chicken and potatoes. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the half and half and paprika. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chowder is back to eating temperature.
  3. While the soup is cooking, begin cooking the bacon in a frying pan. Cook all bacon until crispy and then crumble it into large chunks.
  4. Season the chowder to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked bacon just before serving.
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Chicken Potato Chowder

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This chicken potato chowder is great for using up leftover grilled chicken breasts. It is easy to make and super tasty thanks to added bacon.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken cut into chunks (1.5 pounds of chicken)
  • 4 cups diced red potatoes, skin on
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 12 ounces bacon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, saute the onions for 5 minutes. Then add the celery and carrots, stirring frequently and sauteing for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth, chicken and potatoes. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the half and half and paprika. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the chowder is back to eating temperature.
  3. While the soup is cooking, begin cooking the bacon in a frying pan. Cook all bacon until crispy and then crumble it into large chunks.
  4. Season the chowder to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the cooked bacon just before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1089mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 1/27/2019

white bowl filled with chicken potato chowder

Looking for more chowder recipes?

Try my chicken corn chowder recipe!

This chicken corn chowder recipe is creamy and hearty comfort food. The recipe is easy to follow and full of veggies! | honeyandbirch.com

Or my black bean corn chowder!

This black bean corn chowder is hearty and perfect for cool nights and corn season! | honeyandbirch.com

Also, if you are a seafood lover, this shrimp and potato chowder will really hit the spot!

Shrimp and Potato Chowder | Perfect way to warm up on a chilly day! www.honeyandbirch.com #soup #seafood
This chicken potato chowder is great for using up leftover grilled chicken breasts. It is easy to make and super tasty thanks to added bacon. | honeyandbirch.com
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Malissa

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Made for dinner last night and it was a huge hit with my whole family. Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe.

Jenny

Thursday 8th of August 2019

I'm glad your family liked it!

Jennie

Sunday 4th of December 2016

I just made this. It's super easy and makes a great meal with a crusty dinner roll. I tweaked it a bit because I wanted it thicker. I added some corn starch slurry for that. I had some corn left over from a previous meal, so I added that to. This is delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Maria Parenti-Baldey

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Those chowders looks devine. When on holidays in San Francisco a fews ago we had the clam chowder and ever since have always enjoyed chowders.

Lou Lou Girls

Monday 22nd of August 2016

Hello cute lady! Just stopping by to let you know that we will be featuring you at our linky party that starts tonight!!!! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

Jamie

Monday 22nd of August 2016

Yum - that looks amazing. Pinning to try! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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