Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder – Easy Crock Pot Soup

by Sugar on October 10, 2011 · 35 comments

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My Slow Cooker Crock Pot Chicken Corn Chowder is one of the best stick-to-your-ribs soups that I make. The best part of this recipe is that everything gets tossed in the slow cooker and the crock pot does all the work. I know many of my readers get nervous when they see a lot of ingredients in a recipe but keep in mind, this is a whole meal in a bowl and I promise — it’s super easy. You can find the full recipe right below the video.

It’s perfect for those busy nights when everyone is on a different schedule and you need to have something hot for dinner that is ready when the kids pop in and out before practice or after school. It’s also great for days when you know you won’t have much time in the kitchen to cook after work.

I usually pop all of this in my crock pot and turn it on low. By the time I get back in the house later that evening it’s soup time and the house smells amazing. I promise you will love this recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Start to Finish: 5 hours on high 8 hours on low

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cups frozen whole kernel corn
  • 3 large new potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped, (optional)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 packages (8oz) cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can (4.5oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups Progresso® chicken broth
  • 1 cup sherry wine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of cooked crumbled bacon (optional for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)

Directions:

Add everything to the slow cooker except for the heavy cream, cornstarch, bacon and parsley.

Cover; cook on high heat setting for about 4 hours high or for 8 hours on low.

Once chowder has cooked and potatoes are tender, whisk the heavy cream and the cornstarch in a bowl until smooth. Stir into slow cooker and cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Before serving top individual bowls with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and crispy bacon.

Cooking Tips:

This dish is great served with biscuits and a salad.

If you don’t like to cook with wine you can substitute chicken broth

 

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Kristen says:

No, the crock pot is the same as yours, and I let it cook for 8 hours on low. It’s bizarre! I don’t know what I did wrong! :(

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Hmm I don’t know. It sounds like what the soup looks like before its completely cooked but 8 hours should be long enough. Of you try it again do it on high for 4-6 hours and see if that works.

Kristen says:

HI Sugar,

I”m hoping you can help me. No one else that has posted has said anything about this, so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. The dish tastes delicious, but for the 2nd time that I have made this, the soups consistency doesn’t seem right to me. There are little itty bitty pieces of cream cheese (and chicken) floating in it, and it doesnt look as nice as yours! I’ve tried it twice, and both times it has come out this way–I don’t know what I am doing wrong! :) Hoping you can give me some insight. It tastes great and all my ingredients are fresh :( Just doesn’t look all that appealing! LOL :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I’m not sure. It sounds like it hasn’t cooked enough for everything to meld but I’m not sure? Is your crock pot old? It may not be getting hot enough. Hmmm.

Amy says:

i made the chowder today and it is so good!!!! i love all the ingreds and how easy it was to assemble…for some crazy reason i couldnt find just a can of chiles so i used a can of tomatoes with chiles…still wonderful:) i know i already commentd of the greek chicken pitas yesterday when i made them but WOW!!!!! they r absolutely outta this world good the next day!!!! i will defintely b makin them again!!!! i love ur website and am so glad i happened upon it! i love to cook and read receipes for the fun of it…lol…i am a calorie counter and would love to see more low calorie or low fat receipes u may have…thanx so much!!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Amy,

I’m so glad you liked it. Yes I will be sure to add more lighter dishes. Do however go and try some of my healthy dishes like my skinny chicken soup, my turkey meatloaf, my Chicken Bolognese sauce, as well as my tuna salad and quinoa sald and several more. I think you will love all of them. Thanks so much for your sweet feedback. :)

Shannon says:

Hi Sugar,
I can’t wait to try this! I’m a bit confused by the cooking time, though.
It says 4 hours on low and 8 hours on high, I’m guessing that should be reversed?

Thanks!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

OH you are so right. I will fix it. :) Thanks

Kristen says:

Hi Sugar,

Love your website and I use many of your recipes! I’m going to try this chowder, but we’re not big fans of chicken thighs…can I use boneless chicken breasts, and if so, how many do you think I would need? 2-3???

Thanks so much!
Kristen from Long Island :)

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Kristen,

Yes you can certainly use chicken breasts. You can at least use 3 whole breasts or more depending on how much chicken you want in the dish.

Thank you for the nice feedback. Happy cooking and keep me posted on how it goes.

Sugar :)

Brooke says:

My sister and I have both put this in our meal rotations…it is AMAZING. I love how all the work is done all in the beginning (chopping, measureing etc), click the crock pot on, and presto! So so yummy, can’t wait to make it again!

Thanks Sugar!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Brooke,

Thanks so much for taking the time to send me your feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. My whole family loves it too.

Sugar :)

Tamara says:

G’morning, Sugar!
A friend posted your Corn Chowder recipe on her Facebook wall. It looks fabulous and all the ingredients will be going on my next shopping list. My kids and I live in the mountains where temps are dipping; this is going to be a warm & welcome meal in our tummies.

Any idea if it would freeze well? I can see this will make a good sized pot of soup and we’d be hard pressed to eat it all. If it won’t freeze, we just might have to invite another family over to share it with us!

BTW, I love that you take the time to respond to the comments; that kind of personal touch is often lost these days. Thank you and keep cookin’!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Tamara,

Hi, I think you will love this recipe. Cream soup doesn’t usually freeze well but here is what I would do if I were making this. I would add all the ingredients minus any of the cream so no milk, no cream cheese and certainly not the heavy cream. Add an extra cup or two of the chicken stock and let everything cook like the directions say. Then remove half of the soup and set it aside to cool. You can then add half the milk and all of the cream cheese to the soup. Let that cook until it melts and gets smooth. Then finish it with the heavy cream and the cornstarch. When you defrost the other batch of soup to use it on another night heat it with some milk add the cream cheese and then finish with the cream.

Is this making any sense??? LOL!! It is a slight diversion from the recipe but it should do the trick. Let me know if you think this will work.

Thank you for the kind words about responding to posts and email. I do try to help as much as I can. :) I’m glad it is appreciated.
Sugar :)

Jude says:

Hi Sugar,
I’m so thrilled to have found your site. There was a link on a recipe I received from Pillsbury. I love to cook and bake and with a family of 6 I’m always looking for new recipes. I teach MDO at a church in my hometown and I am the elected official cake baker for all of our birthday celebrations. I can’t wait to try your recipes. Thank you for taking the time to share your passion with so many. God bless you!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Jude you are so sweet for posting such a lovely message. I am sure you will love this recipe. When you make it get back to me and let me know what you think.

Thanks for posting and have a wonderful Thanksgving.

God Bless,

Sugar

Andria Haldas says:

This was fantastic!! I loved it so much I couldn’t stop eating! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your great recipes and for making it so easy to cook amazing food. Even though I never learned how to cook growing up, I am so excited that I am learning from you and will be able to start the tradition of cooking with my daughters. Thank you!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Andria,

I’m so glad you liked it and I am thrilled to know that I am inspiring you to cook. That has truly been my goal in all of this. I was lucky to have my mom teach me how to cook at such a young age. I know most women today have missed out on that. I want to show them how easy it can be. It makes my day to know that it’s helping.

Thanks so much for the feedback. I love hearing it.

Hugs,

Sugar

Andria Haldas says:

Hi Sugar! I am shocked that I actually prepared this and cleaned up the kitchen before the babies woke up! What an accomplishment! It looks amazing and I am so excited to eat it. It was very easy to prepare (although I am bummed that I forgot to put leeks on my list. I was glad to see that you listed them as optional.) I’ll let you know what we think once it’s done. Thanks for the easy crock-pot recipe!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

WOW Andria,

That is amazing. I don’t know how you find time to get anything done with two little twins to care for. Glad it was easy. I am sure you guys will love it.
Just make sure to give it enough salt and pepper.
Keep me posted,

Sugar

Gail B says:

I love corn chowder! this looks amazing! going to have to make it for sure :) You had me at cream cheese! LOL I’ve never seen a 3oz of cream cheese. I just want to make sure it’s not supposed to be an 8oz pkg?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Did I say 3oz? I meant 8oz I will have to fix that. LOL!! Thanks for the feedback. I think you will love it.

Thanks,

Sugar :)

Profile photo of kadejesusKristine says:

Hi Sugar! I am SO GLAD you have a video with this… I watched it twice and then as I assembled everything watched it again… gave me the extra confidence to try something new. It’s in the slow cooker now (I think I have a smaller one because it was almost to the very top when I put the lid on.) and can’t wait to have this tonight. THANK YOU!!

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Kristen,

You are so sweet. Thanks for the feedback honey. It sounds like that crock pot is pretty small. Keep an eye on it if you can because it may bubble up a bit if it is that close to the top.

Be sure to write me back later if you can and let me know how it turns out. Give it a taste at the end because it’s going to need a good dose of salt and pepper.

Hugs,

Sugar

Profile photo of kadejesusKristine says:

I think I ended up adding more liquid than the recipe originally called for, but no spilling or leaking. :-) I did remember to add more seasoning (adobo) at the end.

I didn’t measure everything out either. I had NEVER cooked with leeks before and your instructions on how to cut and clean them were EXTREMELY helpful. Also, I used a “trinity” mix of onions, green peppers and celery that I found in the produce section of Publix instead of cutting up those items myself (my eyes are extremely sensitive to onions) and those pieces were smaller than your example. That is good though, less noticeable by the kids. I ended up using more chicken than the recipe called for and we ended up with nice chunks of chicken (I didn’t cut the pieces very small), also the potato chunks were pretty big, so I might go a little smaller next time — I was worried they’d turn to mush and we like the potato pieces. Also, no sherry and I ended up using the whole 32 oz container of chicken broth by mistake (that’s why I had so much liquid), but that worked out okay.

I’m learning to feel more confident about adjusting the recipe and it turned out GREAT! My kids (even the picky eater) ate it (which is saying something) and my husband and I really loved it!

THANKS!
Kristine

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Kristine,

You are so sweet to write me back and let me know how it went. It sounds super yummy and I am thrilled to hear that everyone liked it. Be sure to try some of my other recipes and yes get creative. No need to be a recipe robot.

Hugs,

Sugar :)

Sean says:

Well Sugar, my girlfriend is sick with the flu and desperately wanted chicken corn chowder. I am not the cooking type (actually this is the first non-frozen meal I have ever made) so I searched the internet and found your youtube/website recipe. I went out and bought all the ingredients, prepared them, and it is cooking now. I really learned a lot and I just wanted to thank you. At the ripe old age of 25 I guess it’s time I learned to cook. Thanks again, Sean

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Sean,

I am so sorry your girlfriend is sick but I am so happy to hear that you cooked one of my recipes. It made my day to know that you had the courage to try this and spread a little love to her from the kitchen. Cooking is easy and if you check out some of my other recipes you will see that. Thanks so much for your feedback and be sure to tell her I hope she feels better.

Hugs,

Sugar

caron harker says:

hi sugar, just found your cooking site, great job of demonstrating the recipes, the chicken corn soup looks amazing, can’t wait to try it, keep the great videos coming, enjoyed so much c

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Caron,

Hi, I’m so happy you like my site and my recipes. I can’t wait for you to try them. Please be sure and share my site with your family and friends so we can keep spreading love from our kitchens.

Hugs,

Sugar :)

Tammy says:

Any substitutions for the bacon?

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Hi Tammy,

The bacon is just a little garnish to top the soup with. You don’t have to use it, but you can use Turkey bacon, some fried ham, pancetta or prosciutto.

Give it a try.

Sugar

cha says:

Hey Sugar….Where’s the corn?/

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

Cha,

LOL!! That is so funny. I don’t know why it published an incomplete version. I just fixed it.

Thanks for brining that to my attention.

Sugar :)