Chicken and Potato Chowder — Damn Delicious

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Chicken and Potato Chowder

This is just like mom’s comforting chicken noodle soup, but it’s even creamier and loaded with cheesy goodness!

I could always use a bowl of chicken noodle soup. It could be 3 degrees out, it could be 103 degrees out, I could be on bed rest with the flu, I could have the cleanest bill of health – it doesn’t matter. Chicken noodle soup can always be eaten. And when you swap out the noodles for some potatoes and chowderize it – well, that’s just the best kind of chicken noodle soup. Ever.

So that’s exactly what this is. A chicken noodle chowder, with tender chicken chunks and crumbly potatoes in an incredibly cheesy, comforting broth. Jason said that this was best soup he’s ever had – although I should note that this was his first meal after a 3-day road trip up in the mountains eating Carl’s Jr and Subway. Still, I’ll take it!

Chicken and Potato Chowder

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Just like mom’s comforting chicken noodle soup, but it’s even creamier and loaded with cheesy goodness!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk, or more, as needed
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Stir in chicken and cheese, a handful at a time, until smooth, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. If the chowder is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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134 comments

You are the queen of creamy, awesome looking soups! Wow this one looks awesome and I know will be a hit! I just looks like comfort food in a bowl! 🙂

Oh my goodness, this looks sooo tasty … especially as I didn’t have any lunch today! Looks easy to make too – always a winner with me!

Oh my goodness…I want some now! Looks amazingly delicious.

This looks so warm and comforting and absolutely delicious!! You’re so right about chicken noodle soup – there’s always time for it. Love that you made this cheesy and added potatoes, yum! Pinned!

Oh I love this creamy soup! It looks so cozy and perfect for all these freezing days!

The perfect bowl of soup during the winter! So comforting and I love all that beautiful Cheddar! Gorgeous photography as always, too. Thanks for sharing, girl. Pinning to group boards at Pinterest!

This soup would hit the spot right now. Nothing like a warm bowl of chowder and this one looks perfect.

Yummy that soup sounds fantastic! I love chowders, especially this time of year when it’s chilly. Be sure to stop by my link party and share your fantastic creations. Have a great rest of the weekend!

I love chowder, this looks so creamy and delicious!

I can’t seem to get enough soup these days, This one looks fantastic!

I would eat 10 bowls of this in one sitting. Gorgeous soup Chung-Ah!

There’s a bowl here with your name on it! 🙂

We are having it for lunch right now….it is delicious!

I’m so glad you were able to give it a try!

Used lefyover turkey….yummy thanks for sharing…scallions nice add

I just made it with leftover turkey too! Super yum!! Husband didn’t like the thyme but I think it’s delicious!

Oh, it is soup weather and this would be perfect dinner to warm you up! Love chowder!

Beautiful Chicken and Potato Chowder!
Thank you for all that you do!
Pinned!
K-

I made this for lunch today. It is amazeballs. Had to get a second bowl. Thank you!

I just made this last night for dinner! It was damn delicious. Really, this is a five star soup that my family wants more of! 🙂

Having this soup for dinner tonight in the middle of this 2014 Polar Vortex for my family of five. It is soooo good. Followed it to a T. Used 3/4 of a large onion and lots of salt. ( to me at least since I do t cook w it very much) the big Yummo occured when I adddd the shsrp cheddar. I would recommend the sharp vs regular cheddar so you get the big wow! Would taste heavnly w a mix maybe Havarti or other nutty cheese!
Looove your recipes!
Megan

Another amazing recipe! The soup was SO good and so easy to prepare. Perfect on a damn cold MN winter night.

Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING! I made this for my husband to warm up after he shoveled our driveway and he LOVED it. I stayed right with the recipe, other than putting the chicken in with the potatoes (because i was using cold rotisserie chicken) and adding a pinch of additional thyme. Okay – i guess i didn’t stay completely with the recipe because I used unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk. Not that he ever notices when i do this. This is going to be one my “go-to-winter-soups”. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

This dish is delicious. I did use low fat milk and added a tiny bit of heavy cream. Yum.

Another soup to be tried out. I do make a variety of chowders and the family loves them. Their favorite being my seafood chowder. But will try this one with them.

Made this tonight after seeing it on Pinterest – my first ever chowder – and it was a big success, getting rave reviews from all the family!! Used leftover turkey and left out the cheese as husband isn’t a fan but still absolutely delicious and such a straightforward recipe to follow – thank you!!

Does anyone know if this soup freezes well?

potatoes do not freeze well. They tend to disintegrate when thawing.

I made this the other day, it was super good! I added about a cup of corn too, which added a nice little bit of crunch and sweetness. I’m going to make it again tonight, but I’m going to use kielbasa sausage instead of chicken, add corn, and throw in a little red bell pepper with the veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

I made this dish. My son, his friends & my husband did not leave me ANY!! That should say it all! This receipe is “FLAWLESS”. Thank u so much!

Today the weather was cool so I made this dish this evening for my family. I made it exactly as the recipe indicated and it was just wonderful. It is definitely on the keeper list. Thank you for the recipe.

This looks like heaven. I’m making it tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

I made this the other day but it did not thicken up at the point it said it was supposed to. I doubled the recipe, checked my ingredients twice and actually had to add a lot more potatoes and added some corn to make it more substantial. It was too late to add more carrots and celery. I don’t know why it did not thicken up. It was quite ‘soupy’ even tho it was very tasty.

Susan, the second step is crucial to ensure the thickening of the soup. And because you are doubling the recipe, it may take longer than what the original recipe states.

Are you kidding?! I know what’s for dinner tonight!! Yummy!!

If/when you guys have kids they’re gonna be the luckiest kids! I wish i could live with you and eat your meals, they look so delicious!

This soup looks completely delicious! Looks so creamy and wonderful. Comfort food at its best! I’ve pinned and will be sharing on my blog’s FB page later today.

Looks yummy! How could I adapt this to the crockpot? Do I just need to reduce the liquid?

Amy, please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

I just made this soup for dinner tonight! It was sooooooo delicious. I doubled the recipe and since I used fat free milk I had to add extra flour to thicken the soup. I also put some bacon on top as garnish!! I will most definitely be making this again. Super easy and delicious! Thank you so much. Looking forward to more of your recipes!

I just made this for dinner, it was sooooo good!! Officailly my new favorite go-to soup 😉 Thanks for the amazing recipe.

I made this tonight for dinner, it was delicious!! Didn’t quite thicken up, but I needed to feed a few extra people so sort of guestimated not quite doubling it. Probably needed to add quite a bit more flour than I did. No matter, it was still devoured and definitely will be made again!!

I added a cup of corn & about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary. Delicious.

After a few modifications on my part, this was the best chowder i have ever ate. This was my first time ever making a chowder, i really didn’t know what i was doing. Ha so i followed the recipe to a T. I had trouble with the broth thickening up from the flour mixture so i had to add in a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up. It took almost 20 minutes for it to get the consistency it needed. This may be just my stoves cooking temperature. I followed everything else exactly, and this was the best chowder EVER. Thanks so much for a cheap easy recipe that i’ll be adding into my weekly rotations!

Kandice, I’m so glad you were able to give this a try! As for the thickness, the flour mixture really should have done the trick – this step takes a bit of stirring and patience, and it is also very important to gradually whisk in the liquid rather than dumping it all in. Hope that helps!

Just made a big pot of this. Oh man, this is good. Help, I can’t stop eating it!

I came across your website today. Oh,my! This was an awesome chowder. We all had seconds. This will be great this winter. I’m gonna try it with leftover turkey come this Thanksgiving : ) Cannot wait to try other recipes. Thank you.

We just made this and it was a hit!! Had to have seconds. Will be making again for sure. Thanks.

if we wanted to eliminate the flour (gluten issues), are there any other thickening agents to try besides cornstarch? Would something like rice flour work?

You can certainly try substituting rice flour but without further recipe testing, I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish. Please make the appropriate substitutions at your discretion to fit your dietary restrictions.

Can this be made in a crockpot

Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

Made this tonight and it was SO good. The family enjoyed it and i even got a second helping 😉 I put a bit more of everything since i have a giant family butit all turned out well! -pinned- 🙂

Oh man, this looks awesome! I’m thinking about making it for dinner tonight!

Chung-Ah. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes! I’ve tried this last night with a few tweaks such as replacing the celery (yuch!) with squash and a dash of soy sauce. Everything thickened up just as it should for me, which is rare, but you make everything so simple and easy to follow. Thank you! I’m going to do your Teriyaki Salmon again tonight. 😉

Made this last night and it was great! Hubby had three bowlfuls also. Added mushrooms just because I had some, and dried parsley with the thyme since I didn’t have any fresh ones. Came out super creamy and delicious (a relief for me since this is my first time making chowder and I had a hungry toddler waiting). Loved that the recipe is so simple and straightforward! Cant wait to try your other recipes, so glad I found your blog! 🙂

Do you think I could do this in a crockpot? I know it probably wouldn’t end up as thick.

Please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a traditional stovetop recipe to the slow cooker method without further recipe testing. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a slow cooker.

i made a double batch today. Added frozen corn and had to add a bit more butter/ flour paste to thicken. The first time I’ve made a chowder and it taste delishious. Thank you for posting.

Made this tonight and it was yummy. I forgot to add the thyme, but did add bacon – because everything is better with bacon!

I made this for dinner tonight and though I tweaked a couple things it was good. I did double it with no problems thickening. I feel it is missing something, a seasoning like old bays maybe? IMy husband loved it and ate a huge bowl topped with cheese and scallions. I will definitely make again and maybe try adding bacon

I’m so glad you tried this recipe. As for “missing something” – please remember to always season with salt and pepper, to taste. A little bit goes a long way!

Made this today, for the first time and it was delish. I add lil smokies to it and it brought a smokiness to the chowder. Thanks so much for this recipe!

Making this tonight! Looks so good:) I love your blog
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Made it tonight and LOVED it. It was all we could do not to eat the whole pot. I was just looking for a way to use up a rotisserie chicken and some Yukon gold potatoes, and boy did this ever deliver! It will definitely go into our regular rotation. Thank you!!

I made this soup tonight for dinner and I have to say that I love most of your recipes,…..but being from the South, this recipe needed more punch. So, I threw in a can of chopped green chilies. It’s a beautiful soup =)

That sounds like an amazing addition – I will definitely have to try that next time!

This recipe is fantastic! I followed your directions step by step. A nice blend of flavors. Even my picky eaters loved it. Thank-you for sharing it.

this was amazing ! we are in the middle of an ice storm and my little guy will not stay inside. We needed something to warm us up. I added a bit of ginger to the soup and two sage leaves. Came out great and we are all warmed up! Thank you for sharing your recipe !

Yum!! I made this tonight and used chicken sausage instead of chicken and it was amazing. I doubled it and had no issues with it thickening. My boyfriend loved it too!

Made this soup for the whole family and they loved it! At the last minute I added some frozen peas to up the veggie intake for our kids, and my husband called it “chicken pot pie soup”. He was right. So creamy and yummy especially for a cold night.

Do you have any nutrition info like calories, fat grams? Thanks!

Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, it is best that you use free online resources at your discretion (you can gooogle “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

This is incredibly delicious. I just made it. My husband loved it as well. I added frozen peas and mushrooms.

Made this last night and it was really, really good. Thank-you!

My new favourite soup – it’s delicious!

I had potatoes and one big chicken breast on hand so decided to wing it and make a soup loosely based on my favorite cauliflower chowder that I make a lot. I decided to do a search for chicken potato chowder just to have a guideline. Wouldn’t you know it I found this recipe written by the same creator as the cauliflower chowder! Absolutely outstanding. A wonderful soup and easy to prepare. I followed the recipe with the exception of frying up a few strips of bacon and then cooking the chicken chunks in the bacon fat. Another favorite soup!

Can this be frozen?

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

Do you think I could add bacon and corn to this recipe and it would still taste good? Or do you think that could be disastrous?

Bacon and corn would be great additions! 🙂

I made this tonight. Big time comfort food. Yum! Since I am not a fan of thyme i subbed dill instead. Added 2 cloves garlic as well. 🙂

This is fantastic! Just made it for lunch and everyone loved it. The only thing i did different was added green onions for a topper. Thanks for the recipe

Super delicious, pretty easy recipe. Loved how creamy it was even though I used lowfat 2%milk! All my kids 6,5, and 2 ate it up!

Thanks for a great recipe. I added some of our favorite seasonings (rosemary, garlic), a bit more of the ones you listed (S,P, thyme), and everyone agrees this one is a keeper. That is rare when I try random soups from surfing. Thanks again.

This was absolutely delicious and so easy! No modifications made.

This is delicious! And so easy and economical. Added to my favorites!

I used ham instead of chicken. I forgot to add the cheese, but it turned out delicious!

Just wondering, can you use little golden potatoes instead of russet?

Thank you, Chungah!

We’re battered by stormy weather on the Pacific Northwest and this hit the spot!

I didn’t have any cooked chicken breast, but I had bacon in the fridge. I subbed rendered bacon fat for the butter to cook the mirepoix and topped our bowls with crispy bacon bits. It was very hearty and there are plenty of leftovers.

I made this for the first time tonight…it was so, SO good. Even my picky 3 year old liked it! I’ve made many recipes from this site the past couple years, and so far none have disappointed! Thank you for all the amazing recipes!!

This was SO insanely delicious and easy to make! My family isn’t a big fan of thyme so next time I’ll cut back the seasoning to 1/4-1/2 tsp other then that it’s amazing.

This sounds delicious! Do you recommend using skim, 2% or whole milk? I love complex flavors, but don’t want a goopy-thick soup!

A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
I used left over thanksgiving day turkey. Cut the butter in half and diced up 3 slices of bacon. Then add a cup of frozen peas at the end. Delicious!

Siri found me this recipe and I chose it from her list based on what I had in the pantry. It was a huge hit with my entire family! That’s saying a whole lot as I have two preschoolers who usually turn their heads immediately when I present them with something new. Definitely will be adding this to my recipe box!

Can i use drumsticks instead of breasts? And the stock from those instead of chicken broth?

This looks delish! Can’t wait to try. I would like to add some noodles. How do you suggest? Just cook them separately and add them in?

This was so super delicious! Even my picky kids ate it and some asked for seconds! Thanks for a new go-to winter meal!

I LOVE this recipe! Except I’m having a smidge of trouble… I’m finding that the soup is wonderful and creamy until right around when I add the cheese, and then it sort of gets seized up. I’m using block sharp cheddar that I grate in, and I’m admittedly putting in about a cup more than the recipe calls for. Is that what’s causing the seizing? Should I be using bagged pre-shredded? It still tastes amazing, it just loses its creamy consistency right around that point in the recipe. Has happened twice now. Help! It’s so yummy, what am I doing wrong?

I’m not too sure! Perhaps too much cheese is being added?

Just made this for my family, hubby and kids hate soup but love chowder. This was a hit!

I too had difficulty getting the soup to thicken, and I followed step 2 to a T — added broth and milk small amounts at a time and whisked an annoying amount. Ended up sticking about a fourth of the soup in a blender (after the potatoes were cooked) and pureeing, then mixing back in before adding chicken and cheese. It was delicious in the end!

Great recipe for a quick winter meal. My kids loved it!

Just made this. Great tasting, hardy chowder. Thanks for sharing …it’s a keeper!

I just made this, subbing out the thyme for marjoram (didn’t realize I’d run out of thyme!) and it is utterly AMAZING!

I made this and didn’t change a thing. It was perfect and delicious!

I just made this, it was delicious. The only change I made was put no cheese in.

Has anyone tried this recipe using coconut milk/cream for a dairy free version?

How many people would it feed.

It yields about 6 servings.

Looks to be a lovely recipe which I will soon try. I think some of the thickening issues are related to using lower fat milk and when using flour, the amount may vary due to the moisture content of the flour. This happens often in baking which is why bakers use a range of amount for flour in baked goods like rolls and breads. Damper flour requires more to get the right dough. Drier climates will use less than wetter or more humid climes as well as on a rainy day! Hope this helps!

Made this again! My go too. My fussy son loves this soup. Always a hit. Thank you.

This was absolutely delicious! We will be having this again and again! Thank you!

What is the best way to cook the chicken? Boil then cut or cut and cook in a pan?

Either works – it simply depends on personal preference.

Do you happen to know the nutrition values? Specifically looking for April. Carbs. Thanks!

I meant approximate carbs lol

Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe like this one, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

I followed the directions as listed. It was really good and I’ll make it a again!

I’m starting to try new recipes and saw this. I just made for dinner and was delish!! Thank you for sharing this. Will definitely make again. I was worried about the thickness when i read other comments but it came out perfect. The flour part is essential and make sure you whisk when putting in broth and milk. Outcome deliciousness.

This came out perfect!!

Thank you for this! This recipe has restored my confidence in my ability to cook soup!! The entire family loved it.

This was a great adventure for a non-cooker. The soup tasted great, but we all agreed that some bacon, perhaps some corn and bit more spice (I went very light on the thyme, s & p) would punch it up a bit. I’m making it for a group this week, since it passed the family taste test! Thanks for sharing – love your recipes!

This soup is delicious! For variety I either omit the potatoes and add pasta instead or use half potato/ half pasta. Also add extra veges – peas, corn, beans or whatever I have in the freezer. I’m coeliac, so used gluten free flour mix and if I add pasta, GF pasta and it works perfect!! Love this!

Delicious! I used leftover shredded chicken instead of chunks and it was fantastic! I was short on milk so a bit of evap helped to keep it creamy.

Made this tonight and doubled the recipe. It was delicious, we inhaled it, lol. Definitely saving this one for future too. Thanks for sharing!

It’s one of our faves!

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