Corn & Chicken Chowder
Summer isn’t always sunshine and warmth. The previous rainy cool weekend gave me a reason to want a warming bowl of soup. The start of the summer CSA veggies, scallions and zucchini, appeared in this soup, though I used frozen corn, since we are still a few weeks away from fresh local corn.
I’ve recently been poaching chicken breasts more frequently. With very little effort, you can have shredded chicken ready in 20 minutes that’s perfect for summer salads. I find it’s easier and less expensive than fighting with the bones, skin and other undesirable parts of a rotisserie chicken.
Corn & Chicken Chowder
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 6 scallions, sliced, whites and some green portion
- 1 celery stalk, sliced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 small zucchini, chopped
- 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
- 1 ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
- 1 pinch cayenne
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ½ cup milk
- Put the chicken in a medium pot along with 2 cups of water. If the chicken breasts are particularly large, cut them in half. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook the chicken is just cooked, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate, let cool and then shred.
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the scallions, celery, sweet potato, zucchini, thyme, cayenne, ½ tsp salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring until softened, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the cornmeal; cook, stirring until toasted about 1 minute. Add the corn and 5 cups of water. Increase the heat to high and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sweet potato is tender and the soup has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the chicken and the milk. Allow the chicken to become warmed through, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from: www.cookinglight.com
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