30 Minute Creamy Chicken Chowder! Easy chowder made with whole ingredients! This soup will quickly become a regular on your dinner table! Perfect for lazy days!
It is definitely soup weather in Seattle! We had a little snow today. It was the first time in a couple years and it was gone by noon, which is my kinda snow day! You gotta live through snow warnings in Seattle to really understand the panic it creates ….snowmegeddon with only a few flakes!
I am still in the middle of my ‘mushroom phase’. Working through it deliciously. If they are not for you… just don’t include them. This is still a wonderful quick chowder with or without my beloved ‘shrooms.
How to make 30 Minute Creamy Chicken Chowder!
Nothing terribly fancy with this soup. Start with your basic mirepoix, a frenchy term for carrots, onion and celery. Toss in some chopped potatoes, chicken broth and a splash of half and half.
30 minute later, you have soup and your family is all warm, cozy and totally loving YOU!
The chicken can be sautéed in the soup pot, leftovers from the night before or a rotisserie chicken from the market. Whatever is easier on the cook. Two cups of chopped chicken is all you need.
I used a mere half cup of half and half and was able to get a super creamy broth. But when I am really watching my waistline, I substitute a can of fat free evaporated milk. I know! How old school is that? But you get a really creamy soup without all the fat. Creamy soups secret fat free weapon!
This soup is so fast and easy, the next time you make it you won’t even need to look at the recipe. It will become a regular on your meal rotation and can easily be tweaked to include whatever you have hanging around.
Tips to make 30 Minute Creamy Chicken Chowder
- For the chicken: sauté cubed breasts or boneless thighs in your soup pot prior to cooking up the carrots, celery and onion. Remove, set aside and continue with the recipe or use baked chicken or even easier, a rotisserie chicken from your market!
- Sub one can fat free evaporated milk for the half and half and still get great creamy results.
- Toss in kidney beans, broccoli or sub rotini pasta for the potato to change things up.
- Omit mushroom for a fabulous mushroom free (insert sad face), soup!
We also love this Beef Barley Soup its rich and hearty and of course…super easy to make!
Or try this Quick Italian Sausage and Pasta Soup which mixes store bought marinara and chicken stock for a rich and flavorful soup broth. Oh, it has mushrooms too…go figure! Leave them out if you prefer…still a great quick soup!
Serve along side a loaf of hot easy to make Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bread! Made with a store bought baguette and pre-sliced Provolone!
Stay warm and cozy guys!
Quick Chicken Chowder with Mushrooms
- 2 cups cooked chicken cubed
- 2 tablespoon butter or olive oil
- 1 cup carrots chopped
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 cup yukon gold or red potato cubed (I like it with peel left on).
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 8 oz sliced cremini mushrooms
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Melt butter in large dutch oven or soup pot.
- Add carrots, onion, celery, mushroom and potato .
- Saute until onions and carrots are just tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add flour and stir well until flour is no longer visible.
- Add stock, half and half, thyme, salt and pepper and cooked chicken.
- Taste for seasonings...more salt? more pepper?
- Simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Lisa @ GarlicandZest says
You had me at chowder! This looks incredible!
It’s definitely perfect soup weather. I could eat it almost everyday in the winter and your recipe looks really good.
Kathi Kirk says
Thank you! Hope you get a chance to give it a try!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
Absolutely a must have recipe for winters. We are big soup drinkers in our family and love the fall and winters for this reason. Pair it up with some bread and it makes the perfect dinner.
Kathi Kirk says
Thank you !
This looks so warm and delicious! I love the addition of mushrooms and I love that you’re in a “mushroom phase.” I think I’m right there with you on that! Great recipe!
Kathi Kirk says
What a nice comment…Thank you Holly!
Oh the chicken chowder and wow… the garlic bread … my kinda food! Have any left overs? Yum… Can’t wait to try.
Susan @ Culinary Envy says
Here I was all excited for your hot & healthy chicken chowder, and then you show me the “too hard to resist” cheesy garlic bread. I’m in trouble! I wish it would snow here, even for an hour…I am so ready!
Kathi Kirk says
Hi Susan! That cheesy bread is the bomb! It’s similar to yours in that it’s the bread everyone asks me to bring to the party! Merry Christmas!