chicken corn chowder in miniature ramekins

Small things I do when I’m anxious

One of my favorite things in the colder months is a huge pot of soup that you can eat for days. Something comforting that sticks to your ribs, but that also still feels healthy. Ideally, something that is chock full of vegetables, too.

Oh, so like this Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder. Oh how convenient! 🙂

But before we jump into this bomb soup recipe, I wanted to chat a little bit about the anxiety I’ve been feeling lately. I’ve been away a lot this summer. I don’t even know what I’ve been doing, I’ve just been home one week and gone the next. This week, I got back from visiting Alex at his current away rotation in Chicago, and I found myself feeling so anxious at home. No matter how much I accomplished, I had this air of stress looming over me.

Like yesterday. I woke up early, worked out, went to the grocery store, recipe tested 4 things, shot 1, and answered all my emails. And yet I felt unaccomplished. Like I wasn’t doing enough.

So I started cleaning the house. I put everything away that didn’t need to be out, cleaned out cabinets in the kitchen, and threw out random things that were lying around. And just like that, I found myself feeling better. My anxiety began to dissipate. My head stopped buzzing.

chicken corn chowder topped with microgreens

This, to me, was a reminder how much I am influenced by my environment. And how much being in a cluttered space can clutter your mind.

I’m going to really try in the next few weeks to keep my home as clean and clutter-free as it can be. And I encourage you to do the same. Next time you walk into your house and take off your jacket, take the extra 10 seconds to hang it up instead of tossing it onto the couch. When you instinctively want to kick off those shoes and leave them in the hallway, don’t! Put those babies away. Because I’m sure if you do you’ll find yourself feeling better about your space and environment, and in turn, your mental state will benefit!

chicken corn chowder in ramekins

Tips on how to make chicken corn chowder

This creamy chicken corn chowder is a breeze to make (you pretty much just dump everything into a pot and walk away), but there are a few things to keep in mind when making a batch of this soup.

Use a heavy-bottomed pot — If possible, use a heavy-bottomed pot (like cast iron) for this corn chowder recipe. The heat will be more evenly distributed, and the soup will be much less likely to burn on the bottom. If you don’t have a heavy-bottomed pot, I recommend stirring this chowder once or twice while it’s simmering to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.

Don’t use cooking wine — You want to use legit white wine in this chicken corn chowder, not cooking wine. Cooking wine has a different flavor to it and typically isn’t good quality. If you don’t want to drink the remaining white wine with your chowder, try freezing it in an ice cube tray for future recipes.

Don’t salt without tasting it first — You’ll notice that this chowder recipe doesn’t call for salt. That’s because the chicken stock I used was already salted. If your stock isn’t salted or you just like your soups salty, give this chowder a taste after it’s been simmering for a while and then add salt if needed.

spoonful of chicken corn chowder

XO

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Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

  • Yield: 10 cups 1x
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Ingredients

for the soup

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 zucchinis, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 4 ears corn, sliced off cob
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups shredded chicken

possible garnishes

  • microgreens
  • more corn
  • bacon bits!

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot (caste iron is best), heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add in onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in carrots and celery, cooking another 3 minutes. Next stir in zucchini, garlic, and white wine and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Add cherry tomatoes, corn, chicken stock, milk, cream, dijon, and sugar, stirring to combine. Toss in shredded chicken. Once soup comes to a boil, turn to simmer and cover completely.
  4. Simmer soup for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve topped with microgreens and bacon bits!

More soup recipes from Broma Bakery:

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque Shooters 

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Rebe’s Borscht 

Golden Turmeric Carrot Ginger Soup

chicken corn chowder topped with microgreens and bacon bits

6 comments

Kelly | Maverick Baking
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Fancy mailing me a huge pot of this to get me through work today? It looks sooooo creamy and yummy. Soup season is the best!

carlos at Spoonabilities
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This is a super delicious conform food. Love corn and when is creamy is the best.

littleblackdomicile
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As we prep for a mother of a storm in Fl, I am making soups to freeze in small batches. When the power is out they can “unfreeze” and we can eat them cold. This one looks pretty good!

Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen
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Love the looks of this hearty, healthy soup! Also love that it’s lightened up, this will be a fall staple!

Meredith | Earth & Oven
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YOu snuck a surprising amount of veggies into that chicken soup! Love this for fall Sarah!

Christina Hartnett
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First of all, those little pots are adorable. where did you get them? I need them in my life.
second, your food photography is stunning.
third, and most importantly, the recipe looks and sounds crazy delicious.
i love soup season!

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