Easy Chicken Corn & Butternut Squash Chowder

This chicken corn and butternut squash chowder with bacon will warm you up on those chilly fall and winter nights! And it’s so easy to make!

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comfort food for fall and winter

The fall and winter seasons are all about creating a cozy feeling in our homes. We light the fireplace, have a candle burning, and eat good food that fills us up.

This chicken corn and butternut squash chowder fits the bill perfectly!

is this a chowder or a hearty soup?

But I must confess something to you: technically it isn’t ‘chowder.’

I know, I know, you came here for chowder. But I assure you this hearty soup won’t disappoint!

Keep reading to find out why it isn’t technically chowder but you can certainly make it one with one extra ingredient!

list of ingredients:

  • rotisserie chicken from the grocery
  • butternut squash (I roasted and froze ours from our garden)
  • corn (also cooked and frozen from our garden)
  • large onion
  • garlic
  • bacon
  • Orrington Farms Broth Base in Chicken
  • seasonings: sage, thyme, rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • half-n-half cream

All the ingredients and measurements are listed in the recipe card at the end of this post!

my favorite kitchen tools

There are a couple of basic tools I use in my kitchen on a regular basis. Especially when making soups, stews, and chowders.

  • enamel covered dutch oven
  • chef’s knife
  • wooden cutting board
  • emersion blender
  • strainer
  • large measuring cup (8 cups)
  • wooden utensils
  • kitchen shears
incgredients for chicken corn chowder with butternut squash, frozen corn, bacon, seasoning, garlic, onion, cup of cream

prep the ingredients

I made my chicken stock the night before in my Instant Pot. This stock is so easy to make and I have used a crockpot for years to make it. I recently got an Instant Pot from my hubby and it speeds up the time to make the stock.

Here is a post about my homemade chicken stock from a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

The chicken comes off the bone so easily after you have made the stock.

I chopped the onion and the garlic.

ingredients for chicken corn and butternut squash chowder sitting on a cutting board including cooked chicken, chopped onion, frozen corn and chicken stock

The kitchen shears come in handy when cutting up the raw bacon. Doing it this way saves clean-up time too!

The bacon goes right into a pre-heated enamel-covered cast iron dutch oven.

Seriously, this dutch oven is one of my favorite kitchen tools!

lady cutting up bacon into a dutch oven with a pair of kitchen scissors

Next, completely brown the bacon until it is crispy. Remove the bacon and save for later – think toppings!!

Add the onion and garlic and saute till they are softened. Then added the roasted butternut squash.

easy chicken stock

The chicken stock amounted to eight cups. I like to add some additional flavor so the Orrington Farms Broth Base is so good! I added about four teaspoons into the homemade stock.

The next step is kinda fun. I get my Vitamix Emersion Blender and blend up the onion, garlic, butternut squash, and two cups of broth right in the dutch oven.

Be careful with an emersion blender – the blades need to stay below the surface of the liquid so that it doesn’t spray hot liquid all over!

If you don’t have enough liquid, just add more stock. It’s all going in there anyway!

Add the chopped, pulled chicken, the corn, the remaining stock (save one cup for later), and all of the seasonings. Give everything a good stir and bring to a slight boil.

a large dutch oven filled with cooked stock, corn and chopped chicken

corn starch as a thickener

Many chowder recipes say to thicken by adding flour to the fat and making a rue. I have done that many times and it works.

I have also used this method many times and I like it just as well.

Mix a heaping tablespoon of corn starch to one cup of the cooled chicken stock. Whisk it to blend. Then pour it into the chowder stirring constantly. The chowder will thicken as it heats up.

If it doesn’t thicken to your likeness, just do the same thing with the chilled cream and then add it to the chowder.

Keep this in mind when thickening with corn starch: add the corn starch to a cooled or chilled liquid not directly to a hot liquid. Be sure to mix it in a small quantity and not in the whole pot of chowder.

Weird things happen if you do it the wrong way.

Trust me on this, ok??

lady adding corn starch to cup of chicken stock with a container of creamer in the background

chicken corn & butternut squash

So, have you figured out why this isn’t technically a chowder yet?

There are no potatoes. There, I said it. There are no potatoes.

Confession: I forgot to add them! And I didn’t realize it until I was editing the images for this post!

This is how the Webster Dictionary defines chowder:

chowder: a rich soup typically containing fish, clams, or corn with potatoes and onions.

You could easily add diced potatoes to this hearty chicken corn and butternut squash soup and make it chowder!

It was good without the potatoes but I sure did miss them!

a bowl of chicken corn and butternut squash chowder with bacon bits on the top. a bowl of cooked bacon bits in the background, a sprig of fresh sage, small pumpkins and a buffalo checked towel

Remember the bacon we reserved? Sprinkle it on top and you won’t miss the potatoes one bit!

a bowl of chicken corn and butternut squash chowder with bacon on top, a bowl of bacon bits in the background with a sprig of sage and small pumpkins

We had this for dinner tonight and I served it with homemade sourdough biscuits. You can find that recipe over on Farmhouse on Boone. She has great sourdough recipes! The biscuits are a-maze-ing!!

a bowl of chicken corn and butternut squash chowder with bacon on top, a bowl of bacon bits on the side, fresh sage sprigs, small pumpkins and black and white cheched towel in the background.

chicken corn & butternut squash recipe card

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Chicken Corn and Butternut Squash Chowder with Bacon

A hearty chicken and corn chowder that is easy to make.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken soup, corn, easy meal, fall
Servings: 6 people
Cost: $15


  • enamel coated cast iron dutch oven
  • Chef's knife
  • wood cutting board
  • kitchen scissors
  • Instant Pot or Crock Pot
  • emersion blender
  • colander


  • 1 rotissierre chicken
  • 8 cups homemade chicken stock (or store-bought)
  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash, diced (or frozen)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup half-n-half cream
  • 4 tbsp Orrington Farms Broth Base


  • Prepare homemade stock in the Instant Pot (30-40 minutes) or Crock Pot (7-8 hours).
  • Remove meat from bones. Strain the stock.
  • Saute chopped bacon in dutch oven until browned and crispy. Remove and set aside for topping.
  • Add chopped onion and garlic to the dutch oven with the rendered bacon fat.
  • Saute veggies until tender. Add roasted butternut squash and two cups of homemade stock.
  • Use emersion blender and blender all the veggies and stock until creamy.
  • Add chopped chicken, corn and remaining stock (reserve one cup of stock).
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add diced potatoes to the dutch oven and boil rapidly til the potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add heaping tablespoon of corn starch to remaining one cup of stock and mix well.
  • Stir corn starch and stock mixture to the dutch oven, stirring as you pour.
  • Add cream and stir. **Option to use cream and corn starch to thicken chowder more if desired.
  • Serve with reserved bacon bits, hot bread and enjoy!


Even though I forgot to add diced potatoes, the chowder was amazing.  You could certainly omit the potatoes and make it low carb!

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  1. This sounds so good! It’s making my mouth water.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      It was such a good chowder! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yum Cindy. I’m making this, this upcoming weekend.

    Thanks for sharing. Pinned

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      So glad you area going to make it Cindy! Enjoy!

  3. Teddee Grace says:

    This sounds delicious! And it warmed my heart to see you cutting up bacon with kitchen shears prior to frying it. Any time a recipe calls for crumbled bacon, that’s the way I do it. My sister-in-law thought I had lost my senses when I did this at her house, but I also use them to cut up spinach, pizza and many other things. I’m Pinning this recipe. Thanks!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Don’t the shears make it so easy to get crumbled bacon?? I love your idea of using the shears for other things like pizza! I’ll keep that tip in mind 😊 Thanks for pinning!