OLD Chicken Corn Chowder

CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER LIGHTENED UP AND SO EASY!

(Lightened Up!) Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is a mouthful of the most comforting bowl of soup you will eat this year and become a family favorite for years to come. And YOUR favorite for years to come made with NO butter and super easy to throw together in the crockpot!

(Lightened up!) flavor packed, EASY creamy, cheesy comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort soup packed with corn, potatoes and broccoli with NO butter or cream but SO much flavor!! #broccolicheesesoup #chowder #potatosoup

I looove creamy, comforting soups from my Slow Cooker Potato Soup, New England Clam ChowderChicken Gnocchi Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Crock Pot Creamy White Chicken Chili and now I’m excited to add this Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder to the mix!

As I mentioned back in my 4th post ever, my, beloved Skinny Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken Pasta (a MUST!), I grew up on baked potatoes piled high with cheese, broccoli, and drizzled with ranch and sprinkled with bacon.  The ultimate stuffed potato.  My ultimate comfort food.

The only way the ultimate stuffed potato could become more comforting is to deconstruct it into a ranch infused creamy, cheesy chowder packed with chicken, tender potatoes, broccoli, carrots and corn and call it Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder. Every bite a savory symphony of complex textures and layered flavors of garlic, onion and classic ranch blend of parsley, dill and chives (with the help of an easy ranch seasoning packet) that leaves you closing your eyes to ponder the deliciousness of it all and craving this chowder until the very last drop…and beyond.

(Lightened up!) flavor packed, EASY creamy, cheesy comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort soup packed with corn, potatoes and broccoli with NO butter or cream but SO much flavor!! #broccolicheesesoup #chowder #potatosoup

This comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder couldn’t get any easier.  Simply add your chicken, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, corn, onions and garlic to your slow cooker along with chicken stock and ranch seasoning mix and cook until chicken is tender enough to dice or shred.

Then add milk or half and half (I use nonfat half and half) to your blender along with cream cheese and flour to create a no-cook AND no butter roux and add it to your soup the last 30 minutes to creamify.  Finally, stir in your glorious cheese and bacon (while remembering this chowder contains no butter!).

(Lightened up!) flavor packed, EASY creamy, cheesy comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort soup packed with corn, potatoes and broccoli with NO butter or cream but SO much flavor!! #broccolicheesesoup #chowder #potatosoup

And the ultimate bacon, broccoli cheese, ranch stuffed potato in soup form is born.  And I call it Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder.  And I hope you call it amazingly delicious.  Amazingly delicious swimming with ranch creaminess, packed with vegetables and possibly the only respectable way to eat bacon – by the spoonful.

(Lightened up!) flavor packed, EASY creamy, cheesy comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort soup packed with corn, potatoes and broccoli with NO butter or cream but SO much flavor!! #broccolicheesesoup #chowder #potatosoup


Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder – every spoonful a hearty, savory, creamylicious mouthful to remember.   The ultimate comfort food.

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Flavor packed, EASY creamy, cheesy comforting Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder is the ultimate comfort soup packed with corn, potatoes and broccoli with NO butter or cream but SO much flavor!! #broccolicheesesoup #chowder #potatosoup

Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Chicken Chowder

Servings: 6 -8
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 3 cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 large potato, cubed (about 2 cups+)
  • 3 large carrots, sliced (about 2 cups+)
  • 1 15 oz. can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz. can can sweet creamed corn
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ -1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups milk (or half and half) (I use nonfat half and half)**
  • 1-2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Garnish (optional)

  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker followed by add all of the ingredients up to the four (do not add flour and ingredients after). Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low 6-7 hours, or until chicken is tender enough to shred and potatoes and carrots are tender.
  • Remove chicken and allow to rest 5 minutes before dicing or shredding.
  • Meanwhile, add cream cheese, flour and half and half/milk to blender and liquefy until smooth. Stir cream cheese mixture into slow cooker and return diced/shredded chicken. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened.
  • When ready to serve, stir in cheese, ½ cup at a time until melted. Stir in bacon. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, red pepper as desired.
  • Garnish individual servings with green onions and additional bacon and cheese (optional).

Notes

*I prefer a little firmer broccoli so I leave my broccoli pieces a little larger then cut them into bite size pieces when the soup is done.
**The higher the fat content, the creamier the soup.

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22 Comments

  1. Lisa says

    This looks and sounds soooo delicious!
    Hope you had a happy birthday! 🙂

    • Jen says

      You are so sweet, thank you so much Lisa! My birthday was great! I think your whole family will love this one 🙂 xoxo

  2. Karen M. says

    I made this today, and it was as good as the picture looks. I did not have the chili-pepper flakes so I used 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper. It was fantastic. Will make again.

    • Jen says

      YAY! I am so happy you loved it Karen! And my recipe should have said red pepper flakes instead of red chili flakes, so I am so happy you commented on that so I could fix it. Thanks for letting me know “it was as good as the pictures! 🙂

  3. Jen says

    You are so kind, thanks so much Karen! Bacon and cheese my taste buds happy 🙂 So happy to connect with you, you are such a sweetheart!

  4. Michelle says

    Wowzers! I made this today and it is Fan. Tas. Tic. I loved all of the flavors going on. I did learn that I must not have the biggest Crock Pot on the market as I thought I did because I had to move this to a stock pot once I was adding the final ingredients. That being said, this will become a staple for us. Thank you again for sharing your wonderful recipes. Yet again, you have not let your biggest fan down.

    • Jen says

      YAY! This is definitely one of my favorite comfort foods so I am happy you loved it! I am glad you let me know about the crock pot size – I will double check my crock pot size and add it to the recipe – much appreciated! Thanks for your your continuous support and kind words!

  5. randi says

    Awesome soup however I switched the milk for 2c reg almond milk, 4 oz of cc to 4oz of Greek yogurt, , added 1c purred cauliflower, and swaped reg bacon for turkey. For a lighter version with more protien

    • Jen says

      Great modifications Randi! So happy you enjoyed it!

  6. Keiko Pack says

    Hi Jen again!
    I made this soup tonight, and it was delicious!! I forgot to put red pepper flakes, but it turned out perfect. Soooo good! I will definitely make it again as my whole family loved it! I am looking forward to making your Thai food recipes! Thai food is one of my favorite, too! By the way, can you see my e-mail as you see your blog? I hope you got my message. I hope to see you sometime soon!

    • Jen says

      Hi Keiko! So happy you loved this soup! It is one of my favorite comforting dishes – so perfect for Fall! I hope you enjoy my Thai dishes! I am posting a Panang Curry soon that I think you will love! Hugs!

  7. Jen says

    Hi SHonda, I hope it turned out as delicious as it smelled! And yes, there should be more veggies than chicken because there is such a variety of veggies – you can customize it next time for more chicken if you prefer 🙂

  8. karry says

    have you ever used hamburger instead of chicken?

    • Jen says

      Hi Karry, I haven’t but I am sure it would taste great! Just brown the beef before you add it to the slow cooker and continue with the recipe as outlined.

  9. Kaylia says

    I made this today, it was so good!! My hubby loved it as well, this will definitely be made several more times!

    • Jen says

      Hi Kayia, I am so happy you both enjoyed this soup! I hope you find more recipes to enjoy here. Thank you!!!

  10. Abby says

    I halved this recipe and it was good! Even though I halved it, I did end up using the full two tablespoons of ranch seasoning because when I tasted it, it just seemed like it needed a little more flavor (my crockpot tends to suck the flavor out of things). My “go to” for freshly grated cheddar is to use a block of Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese. It is a total game changer. Thanks for sharing’

    • Jen says

      Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, mmmmmmmmmm! I am sure that took this soup to a whole new level! I’m so happy you enjoyed this soup and added more ranch to taste. Thanks so much Abby!

  11. Mollie D. says

    I’ve made this recipe twice. It’s really tasty! Thank you!!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to comment! I’m so happy you are enjoying it!

  12. Karyn says

    Oh Jen, you never let me down! I have literally never tried a recipe of yours that my family and I haven’t fully enjoyed. This chowder is going down as another fave! Flavors are awesome and it is a bowl of comfort! I appreciate how simple your recipes are yet they are always packed with flavor. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes and anyone who has mean comments for you didn’t follow your instructions correctly! Happy cooking 🙂

    • Jen says

      Thank you SO MUCH for your awesome, kind, encouraging comment Karyn, you made my day! I am thrilled and honored your family has loved all my recipes you’ve tried and that this chowder was no exception! I hope you continue to find many new family favorites!

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