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Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder

I am going to be sharing more homemade recipes that have helped me to get healthier. And this Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder is absolutely one of my favorites! And family, friends both in my life and online love how simple and tasty this soup is. It is so yummy, that it is one of the few soups that I will fix during the hot days of summer. It’s just that good!

Of course, I’m also all about the kitchen tools that make like easier…and the slow cooker and Instant Pot both do that!! I love that both of these small appliances allow me to cook food from scratch that is good for my body…and simple too! And I’m just a simple girl! This recipe couldn’t be any easier! You literally throw all of the ingredients in the slow cooker (except one). Then turn that bugger on and walk away! That means that this recipe works well for the “I really don’t like to cook” crowd.  So now you don’t have any excuses to not fix a yummy, home-cooked meal!

Not only is this a simple slow cooker meal, but it is a freezer meal as well…which means that you can prepare this in advance, freeze it and throw it into your slow cooker later in the month! It is wonderful reheated as well….yum!

You can make this with pre-cooked chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken that I had made the night before for dinner), or raw boneless chicken breast or thighs (which tend to be a little less expensive than the breasts). Both will work equally as well.

This soup is not overly spicy, but feel free to add some jalapeno peppers or a little cayenne pepper if you like the heat! Also, I used to use heavy cream when I made this but I started substituting unsweetened almond milk, and that works well too, so you can make this dairy-free if you need to. Feel free to add a little cheese on top, which is pretty yummy too!

Pair this with a nice salad or some fruit, and yum!

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, but you can make it grain-free by leaving out the corn…so many options! Simple as that!!

Bowl of Southwestern chicken corn chowder with blog post title

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder- Slow Cooker

KathySeppamaki
Easy to make in either the slow cooker or Instant Pot
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound chicken breasts or thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (omit for grain free)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cups broth
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk substitute of your choice

Instructions
 

  • In a slow cooker add all ingredients except, cream
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours
  • At end of cooking add cream
Keyword slow cooker
Bowl of Southwestern chicken corn chowder with blog post title

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder- Instant Pot

KathySeppamaki
This version uses the Instant Pot!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound chicken breasts or thighs boneless and skinless
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (omit for grain-free)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup broth
  • 1/2 cup cream or non-dairy subsitute

Instructions
 

  • In a slow cooker add all ingredients except cream
  • Cook on low for 6-7 hours
  • At end of cooking add cream
Keyword instant pot

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