Hearty Chicken Chowder for a Blizzard!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Dec 11, 2010 at 11:05am

Oooh, a Minnesota blizzard!  Despite a reputation for otherwise, blizzards don’t happen all that often ’round these parts, so it’s rather a big deal.  And fun!  At least if you’re inside, well-stocked, with a stack of good movies or books.

I happened to have chicken, chicken stock, and a few vegetables in the fridge, so made up this hearty chowder.

Mighty fine on a cold, snowy day, with a glass of prosecco, if I do say so myself.  Stay warm and safe, Minnesota!  (Follow the fun – Twitter #snOMG.)

Hearty Chicken Chowder
Serves 4

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped small
1 large Spanish onion, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 c. chicken broth or stock
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/4″ dice
1 c. shredded cabbage
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
few gratings fresh nutmeg (optional)
1 c. cooked chicken, pulled into bite-sized pieces
1/2 c. cream
salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until the fat renders and the bacon crisps, 5-7 minutes.

Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the sweet potato, cabbage, bay leaf, thyme, and nutmeg (if using) and saute for 3 minutes.  Stir in the chicken broth and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

Add chicken, cream, and salt and pepper to taste; bring to simmer. Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf, and serve immediately.

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  1. By FreshTartSteph on December 21, 2010 at 10:40AM

    So great to hear! Can't tell you how much I appreciate the feedback, friends! And makes me happy to envision folks out there warming up with a bowl of chowder.

  2. By Anonymous on December 21, 2010 at 8:27AM

    Made this last night - delicious!

  3. By FreshTartSteph on December 21, 2010 at 6:32AM

    I left you a note there - thank you so much for letting me know, I love that. And I'm so glad the soup worked out well!

  4. By alyciahhhh on December 20, 2010 at 7:40PM

    I totally did! I also posted it on my blog - just in case you wanted to know :)

  5. By FreshTartSteph on December 20, 2010 at 11:00AM

    I wish it worked to prevent snow... It does make it seem more cozy!? I hope you enjoy - stay warm!

  6. By lynp on December 20, 2010 at 7:25AM

    Since we're in another blizzard warning here in Minnesota today, i think I'll be making this for dinner tonight!

  7. By FreshTartSteph on December 19, 2010 at 10:56AM

    Thanks Anonymous! I hope you enjoy :) And Jenn, fabulous to hear, sounds delish with cabbage and some heat, I like it!

  8. By Jenn H on December 18, 2010 at 12:09AM

    So tasty! I made this soup with kale instead of cabbage and added some red pepper flakes. Really yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. By Anonymous on December 17, 2010 at 2:57PM

    This looks like an awesome recipe! Definitely printing this out - thanks (: