Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bacon Beer Chowder.
I feel like we’re serving up a big bowl of August today!
While I’ve been rambling about things like tomatoes and corn being really great for a few weeks, right now we know that they are REALLY REALLY great, right?! The flavor is so spot on an at its peak! At least where we live, which makes corn on the cob a near daily occurrence at our house.
Enter chicken corn chowder… made with bacon. And beer! It’s packed full of flavor and sooo satisfying. In true Jessica form, I want to eat it forever.
I love love love making a summer sort of soup in August and September because I find it to be the perfect bridge between summer and fall. Even though it’s still pretty hot where we are, the air gets slightly cooler at night and heck, I’m always in a soup mood!
Eddie, however, is not always in a soup mood. He’s RARELY in a soup mood. He doesn’t really consider soup to be a meal, unless it’s something like chili or what not. So my goal was to make a really hearty soup that meant he ate it for dinner alone!
Which happened, thank goodness.
I mean, how could you turn a bowl of this down?!
Max wasn’t as into it – he’s still sort of enjoying his food in separate parts, if that makes sense. Fifteen months ago he would have eaten this up. Today he’s like… “pull the chicken and bacon out and I’ll eat that.”
One of the best parts?
You can totally use fresh or grilled or roasted or whatever the heck you want corn in this soup! I used half fresh (cut from the cob!) in the soup and garnished it with a lot more grilled corn right off the cob. Whatever you have on hand – use it. You can even use frozen corn if you want to make this in the middle of winter. Which I probably will like a crazy person.
Can you even BELIEVE we’re entering into the last “unofficial” week of summer before Labor Day? I know I’m a walking cliche but, like, WHERE THE HECK did the last few months go? My mind is blown at the speed. Tomorrow I’ll probably wake up and be 75 years old. At least then my music tastes will match my age.
And it will be acceptable to eat soup in the summer. Always!
Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bacon Beer Chowder
- 6 slices bacon chopped
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup your favorite beer
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
- 1 cup chopped yukon gold potatoes
- 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken breast
- 6 ears corn fresh, grilled or roasted, kernels cut from cob (I did half and half)
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped chives for garnish or any fresh herbs!
- Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy and the fat is rendered. Removed it with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain excess grease.
- Add the onion, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper to the bacon grease and stir. Cook until the onions are softened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Pour in the beer and bring the mixture to a simmer, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pan. Pour in the chicken stock, the potatoes, chicken and a little over half of the corn. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce it to a simmer and cover, cooking until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- In a shaker bottle, add the flour to the half and half and shake well until it is combined. Slowly pour it into the soup mixture while stirring. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes – it should thicken up. Taste and season additionally if needed.
- Serve with the crispy bacon for topping, the extra corn and chives and/or herbs on top.
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45 Comments on “Grilled Corn, Chicken and Bacon Beer Chowder.”
I’m already adding this to my meals this week. It looks so good!
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These colors in the photos are perfect. This looks so good!
thank you ellie!
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Corn on the cob right now is the best!! Have to use some of it to make this.
You’re reading my mind! It has been ABNORMALLY chilly here this month (I’m talking 60* mornings, and highs of 76*) And while i am 1000% bummed summer was cut short, It has me amped for autumn! All I wanted to meal prep this week was some delicious chowder, with yummy summer corn, and THICK CUT LOCAL bacon! The wife wasn’t on board -she is in denial even though she is leaving for work every day in a sweatshirt. You’re my dream girl today, I want this so bad.
hahahaha i love you.
I’m so ready for fall and I don’t care who knows it. Bring on the soup!
me too emily!
This looks like the best corn chowder I’ve ever seen. Grilled corn? You are a genius.
Thank you for answering my question, “Just what the heck do I do with all these chicken thighs I bought on clearance and are expiring soon??” This is the PERFECT answer!
haha you are so welcome! enjoy carrie!
This sounds amazing! It is everything I could want in a bowl. We always have extra corn on the cob because I buy a ridiculous amount. Glad to have a way to use it up!
thank you amanda!
mmm looks so good! I will def have to try this.
the grilled corn MAKES this soup!
thanks girl! xoxo
Yum! I cannot wait to try this recipe out, thanks for the share. Love checking out your blog, keep up the posts!
thank you lori!
I would love to make this if you could suggest a good alternative for the beer. Can I leave it out or do I need to sub in something?
you can totally leave it out! :) just use that amount in chicken stock instead and add it with the rest of the stock!
I’d love to make this chowder. I’d like to add sharp cheddar cheese and Cajun seasonings.
Can that be done?
Thank you for the wonderful recipe! It is very damp and dreary in New Orleans and this is the perfect summer soup for hunkering down.
Oh my goodness! I am putting this on my menu for next week!!
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I get it, this does look hearty enough to be dinner soup! A very nice recipe, or chowder, guess you could even add clams! Anyway, I love it how it is, so thank you!
I made this for dinner tonight, it was great! I made cornbread muffins to go with it, my boyfriend loved it. Thanks for the great dinner idea :)
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I made this for dinner tonight and the family loved it! Would be good with some green chilies in it too for a little kick. The beer adds a nice savory complexity to balance out the sweetness of the corn. Thanks for the great recipe!
I am definitely gonna try this, I will spice it up some but it looks like it would be perfect as is. I just have a thing for spicy, and since it’s winter in North Dakota bring on the heat!!
Would a darker or lighter beer work best?
I have made this recipe so many times since finding it in the summer – I’m not a soup fan and I love this soup. Thank you for this recipe. It’s the greatest soup ever !!
Sorry that was supposed to be 5☆
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Looks so good. I think I may add the flour after the onions are done to cook it a bit. Yum!
Loved it! Thank you for sharing this. I saved the 🌽 just like you said thinking of cold winter days and this recipe came in perfect in what to do with it.
This is the third time I’ve made this since October.
It’s simply amazing. My girls request it while driving home from university. I didn’t change a thing.
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I added a yellow bell pepper and a jalapeno….increased chicken and limited corn to 4 ears. I used reduced fat coconut milk instead of half and half and wheat ale instead of beer and 3/4 Tablespoon cornstarch instead of flour (daughter can’t do dairy or flour).
I was pleasantly surprised that coconut milk married well with dish. Next time I would add more paprika and maybe another bell pepper and jalapeno….