Chicken & Vegetable Chowder

October 14, 2009 | By andrea | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Soup/Stew.


If you’re looking for a twist on traditional chicken soup, then you should try this recipe for Chicken and Vegetable Chowder. It’s simple, easy to make and comforting.

For the blending of the chowder, I used an immersion blender (stick blender) instead of transferring the soup in batches to a blender. If you do use a regular blender, let the chowder cool off a bit before blending. Also, remember to only fill the blender about 1/3 full and hold the lid down tightly with a towel (this is to prevent hot soup from spraying all over you and your kitchen when you turn the blender on). I used whole milk for the chowder, but I’m sure 2% would work fine, too. I would definitely not use nonfat milk, though. Serve the chowder with crusty bread and a salad.  

Chicken & Vegetable Chowder
-recipe from The Big Book of Soups & Stews byMaryana Vollstedt

Pureed vegetables and rice are the thickening agents in this delicious soup. It is made without cream but is still rich tasting. This will be a family favorite. Serves 4-6.

1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium russet potato (about 1/2 pound), peeled and cubed
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
4 cups chicken stock or broth
1 cup buttermilk or milk
2 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
freshly ground pepper to taste

In a large pot over high heat, bring vegetables, garlic, rice, and 3 cups of the stock to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until vegetables and rice are tender, about 20 minutes.

Transfer in batches to a food processor or blender and blend the soup until slightly chunky. Return to pot. Stir in remaining 1 cup stock, buttermilk or milk, chicken, cheese, salt, thyme and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, until cheese melts and flavors are blended, about 10 minutes. Serve.

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4 comments on “Chicken & Vegetable Chowder

  1. Ron Ares says:

    It says chowder, but looks suspiciously like soup.

  2. Megan says:

    this sounds delicious and great to make for cool fall nights! I’m adding this to my recipe collection ASAP 🙂

  3. rita says:

    Just the type of soup I was looking for on this blustery fall day. Now I’m really looking forward to dinner… Thanks for posting!

  4. lori ares says:

    Emphasis on “comfort” with this soup. It is perfect for lunch or dinner where you don’t want anything complicated in either task or taste. My favorite part of this recipe is that rice is blended in to thicken it. I also love that it is full of veggies that are blended so anti veggie kids don’t pick it apart. Thanks Andrea!!