Chicken Corn Chowder

This creamy chicken corn chowder is packed full of chicken, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. Perfect for cool fall days and cold winter nights. Plus it’s ready in under an hour! 

This creamy chicken corn chowder is packed full of chicken, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. Perfect for cool fall days and cold winter nights. Plus it's ready in under an hour! 

It’s FINALLY starting to feel a bit cooler around here. There is nothing really great about still running your AC in October. It’s gross. I want lower electric bills and open windows. I think my desire to make this soup brought in some cool weather.

Ok, not really. I don’t believe in stuff like that BUT I still like to think it’s true. PLUS can we talk about how delicious that soup looks? I don’t care if it’s 100 degrees outside I would crave this soup. 

This creamy chicken corn chowder is packed full of chicken, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. Perfect for cool fall days and cold winter nights. Plus it's ready in under an hour! 

I originally posted this soup in 2011 and it came from my friend Heather’s blog. My pictures this time around have improved but this soup was just as freaking delicious as it was 2011. I changed the recipe a tiny bit – added garlic, added more vegetables and added more stock. BUT don’t take that to mean that this soup wasn’t perfect before.

I just really love garlic and pretty much want to add it to EVERYTHING.

Now, I know you all love bacon and this chowder does not disappoint on the bacon front. Instead of throwing it back into the soup at the end I just scattered it on top. That way the bacon stays super crispy.

I mean, who doesn’t want crispy bacon?

Everyone. Everyone wants crispy bacon. Also, don’t skimp on those green onions on the top. They add a nice burst of freshness. Minced cilantro would also be a great addition!

This creamy chicken corn chowder is packed full of chicken, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. Perfect for cool fall days and cold winter nights. Plus it's ready in under an hour! 

Looking for even more delicious soup recipes? Try my Andouille Corn Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Chicken and Chard Tortilla Soup, Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup, or my Roasted Cauliflower Fennel Leek Soup


Chicken Corn Chowder

Super thick and creamy chicken corn chowder. This soup is packed full of chicken, sweet corn and lots of crispy bacon. Your whole family will love this!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1-1/2 pound chicken breast, 1-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup onion, small dice
  • 1/2 cup celery, small dice
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, small dice
  • 16 ounces small red potatoes, 1/2 inch dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 32 ounces chicken stock (plus a little more, as needed)
  • 2 pounds frozen corn
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Sliced green onions, for topping

Source: Girlichef


Set a large dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until it has rendered its fat and is crispy.

Remove bacon and strain onto a paper towel-lined plate, set aside.

Leave the bacon grease in the pot and add chicken to pot. Cook until no longer pink.

Add in the onions, celery, red bell peppers, and potatoes and saute for about 5 minutes.

Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.

Add in the thyme leaves and flour. Stir to coat all the vegetables in flour.

Stir in a little chicken stock, stir to help incorporate the flour and slowly stir in the rest of the stock. Stir to combine.

Add the corn and half and half, stir to combine and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until warmed and slightly thickened. (This soup is not super thick!)

Stir in the black pepper, taste and add kosher salt as needed.

To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and top with some of the crispy bacon and sliced green onions.


36 Responses to “Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken Thighs”

  1. #
    Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T — March 18, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I wish my dinner looked like that every night. 🙂 I rarely buy chicken thighs, but you’ve convinced me that I need to!

  2. #
    Caroline LaMorte — March 18, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Wow these look fantastic! I am totally making these with some haricot vert with shallots and lemon zest! I’ll let you know how they turn out!

  3. #
    Kathy Penney @Penney Lane — March 18, 2015 at 8:26 am

    These look crispy and amazing! Love the citrus flavor with the chicken.

  4. #
    Lisa @ Low Carb Yum — March 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Oh man, this is one of the best looking recipes I’ve seen in a while! I’m usually a breast chick, but I may convert over to a thigh girl with this one. Yum! I can smell the citrus now.

  5. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — March 18, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Chicken thighs are pretty amazing! Love the citrus herb flavors – seriously stunning as always Brandy!

  6. #
    Rachel Cooks — March 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

    This is 100% my kind of meal. Looks amazing!

  7. #
    Paula Jones — March 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I just love chicken and prob eat it 4 times a week, def going to try your recipe! Looks scrumptious!

  8. #
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — March 18, 2015 at 9:34 am

    I feel bad for not even having heard of the show. Lol. Maybe I should check it out! If it’s as good as these thighs look, it must be a winner! Pinned 🙂

  9. #
    Cookin Canuck — March 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I’m a chicken thigh person through and through, and these looks beyond amazing. Citrus and herbs just scream “spring”!

  10. #
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — March 18, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I keep seeing that show pop up on my Netflix recommendation, which is weird since I am into sci-fi and such, but I will admit, it intrigues me! I have made a very similar recipe and what I love is that it uses cheap parts of the chicken, but does not lack in flavour!

  11. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — March 18, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    The skin on those looks ridiculously good. YUM. I don’t make thighs often, but these might just change the tides on that.

  12. #
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — March 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    John is a leg & thigh guy and I am defiantly a boob girl…when it comes to poultry that is lol! He’s dark and I’m white…that’s why we get along!

  13. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — March 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Your food always makes me SO HUNGRY! These look perfect!

  14. #
    fabiola@notjustbaked — March 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    You’ve done it again, I am drooling. These look absolutely perfect. Nothing better than crispy chicken skin. Ok bacon and cake. But I love a good crispy chickens kin.

  15. #
    Annie @Maebells — March 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I am SO BAD about binge watching shows! I cannot control myself! I watched all 7 seasons of The West Wing in an embarrassingly small amount of time! I’m going to blame it on the fact that Netflix auto plays the next episode instead of the fact I have no self control! hahaha!

    And I am loving this roasted chicken! The citrus flavors are just perfect!

  16. #
    The Food Hunter — March 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I may need to make this for dinner tonight!

  17. #
    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — March 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Total ‘boob man’…ha. And This chicken? I need on my dinner table asap.

  18. #
    Catherine — March 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Dear Brandy, I have always preferred the thighs over any other part of the chicken. They are just delicious. This is my kind of dish! I love the citrus essence…so good! xo, Catherine

  19. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Chicken thighs for the win! Love this herb roasted version!

  20. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — March 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Ok this post cracked me up – I think I’d be a leg man too! haha! Love this delicious looking chicken dish.

  21. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — March 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I’m dying to watch “Kimmy” but I know I’ll get stuck watching it all day and all night long. And these thighs….I’m definitely a thigh fan and that crispy skin…holy.. 🙂

  22. #
    Kelley — March 18, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Confession – I binged watched the whole season yesterday. Like in one sitting. (Well, I moved from my ipad to my TV when it died.. but still). So I totally hear you. So good! I’m ready for season 2 already. Unbreakableeee..

  23. #
    Lana | Never Enough Thyme — March 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    This is so totally my kind of recipe! Citrus and chicken and herbs? Oh, yeah. And could I please have some bread to mop up those juices with? Thank you!

    Plus – “giant ball of weird” – I died laughing. That’s so me.

  24. #
    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life — March 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    What a beautiful dish! I love cooking with citrus!

  25. #
    Valerie — March 18, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I’m a thigh lover too! This recipe looks fantastic! I love anything with lemons!

  26. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — March 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I keep seeing people talking about that show but I’m trying to save it for when I’m stuck in a hotel room with all 3 kids and both dogs next month. Gahhh, I really, really, really want to watch it!

    I make some thighs similar to this but yours look so crispy and delicious! We’re totally thigh people so I’ll be trying this soon!

  27. #
    Laura — March 19, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I am all about the thighs too. Breasts have no flavor! And speaking of flavor, wow! I love citrus and herbs in the sprig–this is a perfect spring dish!

  28. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — March 19, 2015 at 12:44 am

    I said adios to chicken breasts a few years back. Unless, like you said they are in a sandwich or fried. Otherwise dark meat all the way! I will have to check out that show, we are finishing up SOA right now and wondering what we should watch after. Thanks for the recommendation!

  29. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — March 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

    OMG!! You crack me up!! “If I were a man, I guess I’d be a leg man over a boob man!” ROFL!!! I’m a chicken thigh girl myself over breast, except when it’s in mayo for chicken salad!

  30. #
    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — March 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    As usual, I’m drooling over your photos! Chicken thighs are my favorite, too! Especially with citrus — they go so well together!

  31. #
    Angie — March 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I’d be a leg man too 🙂 Things are so much better in just about every way, unless it’s fried, smothered in cheese, then hand me a breast please.

  32. #
    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker — March 19, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I need a new binge-worthy show so I’m totally starting tonight! I’m a thigh girl fo sho. Nothing beats that crispy skin & juicy meat! Add in 3 types of citrus? GENIUS. Pinned!

  33. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — March 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Total boob man! This is my kind of dinner, easy simple and beautiful!

  34. #
    Anita — March 21, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I love chicken thighs! This is a totally gorgeous dish that I’m bookmarking!

  35. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — March 24, 2015 at 12:15 am

    So simple, yet so delicious.. this dish is perfect!

  36. #
    Caitlin — March 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    I made this today and it was heavenly! So glad I found it on foodgawker 🙂

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