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5 from 1 vote

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!