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Chipotle Chicken Chowder

January 21, 2008

B’s all-time favorite dinner! It’s a substantial soup; we usually have it with some cornbread or guacamole and chips. The chipotle chile gives the soup a nice smoky, spicy flavor; if you want it less spicy, use half a chile instead of a whole one.



1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
6 cloves crushed garlic
6 cups chicken broth
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 medium red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups frozen corn
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp salt


Chop 1 chile and reserve 1 tsp. adobo sauce (save the rest of the chiles and sauce for another use.) Heat oil; add chile and next 6 ingredients (through garlic.) Cook until onions are soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Add chicken; turn down heat and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken and shred meat with 2 forks.

Remove pan from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Blend broth mixture (in batches in a food processor/blender, or all at once in the pot with a hand blender.) Add potatoes and corn; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook uncovered 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Stir in shredded chicken and cream; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in adobo sauce, tomato, cilantro and salt.

Makes 6 servings.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Schmidt permalink
    December 28, 2009 6:33 pm

    This is a fabulous recipe. A smash hit with my family and others that we have served it to. Thank you very much!

  2. January 29, 2012 3:00 pm

    I made this soup a week or two ago… It was AMAZING. The only bummer is that it takes 2 1/2 hours from start to finish… although obviously, some of this time is ‘waiting time.’ Also, it may go quicker as we make it more.

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