Chicken Corn Chowder

DONE! WOO HOO! YEAH!
It is definately one of the best feelings to be finished with finals! The last week and a half were pretty stressful but turned out pretty good in the end. The closed the courthouse here because of a PERFECTLY timed snow-storm, so I even got out of jury duty without ever having to report! Definately can’t complain about that!
Anyway, now that finals are over, it’s time to get back to blogging! I have tons of recipes that I need to post, so I need to get to it! I saw this soup back in October on My Kitchen Cafe. Believe it or not, the weather was still pretty mild here, so I held onto it until soup weather. Boy am I glad I did! Melanie talked about how much her husband loved it then, and I think my husband will second that motion. We first had it a couple weeks ago, and he’s nominating it for the Christmas Eve soup this year. Fine with me, I really enjoyed it as well.
Look at those veggies – kind of Christmas-like itself…
I really didn’t play with this recipe at all. They always say if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it, so my only swaps were fat-free cream cheese and lighter cheddar cheese. We didn’t notice a difference, but we use light versions of products a lot here, so modify or not if you wish. Nevertheless, you really must make this soup! We’ve got 10-inches of snow on the ground here and may be expecting more next week… if that doesn’t say soup, I don’t know what does!
Chicken Corn Chowderadapted from My Kitchen Cafe
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped, seeds and membrane removed
1/4 c. thinly sliced or cooked chopped ham (I used deli ham)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14 oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth (approximately 4 cups)
3 Tbsp. flour
1-1/2 c. frozen corn kernels
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
4 oz. fat-free cream cheese
1 c. skim milk
1/4 tsp. pepper (I left out the extra salt, enough in the broth!)
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Place olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute celery, bell pepper, onion, and jalapeno until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ham; cook for another 3 minutes. Whisk the broth with the flour in a liquid measuring cup or bowl and then stir into the soup. Stir in the corn and chicken. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat. Whisk together the cream cheese and milk in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk the cream cheese/milk mixture into the soup along with the pepper and cheddar cheese. Simmer on low until ready to serve.
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