This creamy Corn Chicken Chowder is one of the very first recipes I learned how to cook as an “adult”. You can make it in your slow cooker or on the stove, a few simple swaps keep it healthy, and it is attainable during even the most hectic of weeks.

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This recipe came to me by way of a friend’s mom in a time of culinary need.

About to graduate from college with student loans, I had the creeping realization that, while I could bake a killer pan of Mexican Cornbread, making food that was socially acceptable for dinner was a skill I had yet to acquire.

A small group of friends called our moms to help us put together a cookbook featuring recipes we loved from our own families that were cheap, semi-nutritious, and (this was key) basically impossible to mess up.

A bowl of healthy corn chicken chowder

Corn chicken chowder was my friend Elisabeth’s contribution. It’s the kind of quick, healthy soup we all need more of in our lives.

It is also E-A-S-Y. A group of 22-year-olds with next to zero cooking skills pulled it off. You will too!

5 Star Review

“I made this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday and it was a huge hit! It has been delicious as leftovers too. It was very filling and satisfying, yet felt healthy and didn’t just sit in your stomach like many chowders do.”

— Katie —

How to Make Corn Chicken Chowder from Scratch

While we typically think of corn most often as a side (Crockpot Cream Corn, Grilled Corn, Black Bean Corn Salad, etc.), this recipe, like its cousin Shrimp Corn Chowder, proves that corn can hold its own as a recipe’s star.

I kept my favorite parts about the original recipe—the red peppers, sweet corn, and rosemary—but added an extra kick of cayenne pepper and Greek yogurt to make it lusciously creamy.

Stovetop or Crockpot?

  • My friend’s original healthy chicken corn chowder recipe is made on the stovetop in 20 minutes flat (assuming you have chicken that’s already cooked), but I chose the chicken corn chowder slow cooker route for maximum flexibility on busy days.
  • If you prefer to make this crock pot corn chowder on the stove like the original, I’ve included directions for the stove method in the recipe notes.
healthy corn chicken chowder in a bowl

The Ingredients

  • Corn. I use frozen corn for maximum speed. It makes the chowder creamy and its natural sweetness plays well with the cayenne’s spice.

Market Swap

In the height of summer, fresh corn chowder is a dream. Cut the kernels right from the cob and add them to the recipe as directed.

  • Potatoes. To help thicken the chowder and make it creamy, I prefer Yukon golds for their buttery texture and flavor, but almost any potato will due.
  • Chicken. You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. For most of my healthy crockpot chicken recipes, I recommend thighs, as they can better withstand long cook times without drying out.

Substitution Tip!

If you’d like to speed up the recipe by making it with already cooked chicken, check out these easy methods to prepare it and follow the stove top variation in the recipe notes below:

  • Red Bell Peppers. For a touch of color and natural sweetness. Bell peppers are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.
  • Rosemary + Cayenne. The savory/spicy duo is unexpected and works fabulously with the corn.
  • Greek Yogurt. My trick to making this healthy corn chicken chowder, without the need for heavy cream.

The Directions

sauteing potatoes in dutch oven for corn chicken chowder
  1. Sauté potatoes on onions.
pouring chicken stock in slow cooker with corn
  1. Place chicken, vegetables, and corn in slow cooker, then add chicken stock.
A slow cooker with corn chicken potato chowder
  1. Cook until the chicken reaches 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer.
healthy corn chicken chowder made in a blender
  1. Remove and chop the chicken, then puree the chowder.
  1. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, and cook for another 20-30 minutes. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate leftover chowder in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. I don’t love freezing chowder or potato soups because the potato tends to become mealy in the freezer once thawed. That said, you certainly can freeze it if you like for several months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Meal Prep Tip

Chop the onion and potatoes 1 day in advance. Refrigerate then use in the recipe as directed.

healthy corn chicken chowder in a bowl

What to Eat With Corn Chowder

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Crockpot. 5.5-quarts with many cooking control features, and a locking lid for easy transportation to potlucks and parties.
  • Immersion Blender. This 300-watt hand-held blender has a great grip and variable speeds and attachments.
  • Chef Knife. This 8-inch stainless steel chopping knife stays sharp far longer than expected.

The Best Dutch Oven

This Le Creuset 5.5-quart Dutch oven has superior heat distribution with its top-of-the-line enameled cast iron. It’s durable and withstands temperatures up to 500 degrees F. Plus, so many fun colors!

Corn Chicken Chowder in a white bowl with peppers

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This corn chicken chowder is creamy and comforting, without being overly heavy.

It’s one of the few soups I crave in the summer. Thanks to the availability of frozen corn, you can enjoy it year round. Any season is the right season!

Corn Chicken Chowder in a white bowl with peppers

Corn Chicken Chowder

5 from 5 votes
This healthy corn chicken chowder recipe in the slow cooker uses Greek yogurt to be extra creamy. It's quick, easy prep for a filling meal!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 20 mins
Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and 1/2-inch diced (I used Yukon gold)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 20 ounces corn fresh frozen, or canned (if using canned, drain first)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth plus additional t otaste
  • 1 cup milk I used 1%
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 red bell pepper cored and finely chopped about 1 ½ cups
  • Chopped fresh green onion optional for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a Dutch oven or similar large skillet, melt the butter and oil over medium-high heat. Once it is melted, add the potato, onion, salt, and black pepper. Sauté until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, rosemary, and cayenne. Let cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Arrange the chicken in a single layer in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Place the sautéed potatoes and onions on top. Add the corn. Pour in 2 cups of the chicken broth.
  • Cover and cook until the potatoes are completely tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 hours on low (for breasts) or 4 to 5 hours on low (for thighs). The chicken is cooked through when it reaches 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. Check it early, as some slow cookers run hotter than others.
  • Remove the chicken from the chowder and set aside on a cutting board to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, chop into bite sized pieces.
  • With an immersion blender, puree the chowder until it is thickened, leaving the texture fairly chunky. If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor in a few batches, being careful not to burn yourself.
  • In a medium bowl or large liquid measuring cup, stir together the milk and cornstarch until smooth. Add to the slow cooker. Stir in the Greek yogurt and bell pepper.
  • Recover and cook on high for 20 to 30 minutes, until thickened. If the chowder is thicker than you would like, splash in as much of the additional broth as needed to reach your desired consistency. Enjoy hot, with a sprinkle of green onion.

Notes

  • To make this corn chowder recipe on the stove instead: Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté it in olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper until cooked through. Remove to a plate. Sauté the onions, potatoes, and herbs/spices in butter as directed in steps 1 and 2. Add the corn and sauté a few additional minutes, until the corn is soft. Add 2 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer. With an immersion blender (or in a food processor in batches), puree the soup until roughly blended, leaving a few larger corn pieces. Add the slurry and simmer until thickened. Stir in the Greek yogurt and reserved chicken. Enjoy warm, topped with green onions.
  • TO STORE. Refrigerate chowder in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT. Rewarm leftovers in a Dutch oven on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE. I don’t love freezing chowder or potato soups because the potato tends to become mealy in the freezer once thawed. That said, you certainly can freeze it if you like for several months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6)Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 33gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgPotassium: 1145mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 947IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Seriously, Erin, is it your goal to compel me to make every one of your recipes? My friends already think I’m becoming a stalker or at the very least a groupie, because I talk about them so much already. (I even did a blog post yesterday about your Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon). I’m definitely trying this corn chowder!

  2. I need a slow cooker STAT! This chowder is so gorgeous and I love the use of corn- it’s such a summer staple :)

  3. I am so deeply in impressed by your commitment to housework! (She says while surrounded by stacks of cookbooks in an office that still has no furniture). Congrats on getting it done, taking a break, and enjoying time with the fam. Also, YUM. xo

  4. This looks so delicious! I have a lactose intolerant husband and son..any substitute for Greek yogurt? Or I could omit and it would be thinner, I guess…suggestions? 

    Keep these great post coming! Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura! You could use a soy based yogurt if it’s similar in taste/behavior to plain Greek (sorry I can’t vouch—I’ve never tried it!) or just omit it. The chowder will still be tasty without :)

    2. Hi Laura! I’m lactose free as well. I used Fage “Better Self” plain greek yogurt. It’s lactose free and has the same consistency as regular greek yogurt. Fage just came out with this line, and they come in plain, blueberry, and strawberry :)

  5. I love these ideas now that I spend most of my days working in a kitchen, I could have this waiting for me when I got back – perfect .Chowders are amazing

  6. I have looked all over for this recipe and can’t find it.  I can find the list of ingredients, but no instructions.  I saw a comment about when to add the chicken???  That confused me…..

    1. Hi Brenda! The recipe is located in the recipe box, which is in between the blog post and comments section. It includes a list of ingredients, as well as the recipe directions.

  7. New to your blog! I am making this recipe this week with farmer’s market fresh corn. I can’t wait! It sounds so good!

  8. Hi there, do you think you could use chicken breasts rather than thighs? Or maybe a mix of the two would work well? I was also thinking of adding some regular potatoes to make the chowder more substantial. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    1. Hi Samantha, chicken breasts cook more quickly than thighs, so you’d want to check them early. I think small-diced potatoes would be great, as long as you doesn’t mind the texture of them puréed with the corn. Since the chowder will be thicker, you may need to add more chicken broth at the end to get the right consistency. I hope you love it!

  9. Made this tonight. Subbed boneless/skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs, added half of the red pepper before cooking, and used 2 tsp of fresh rosemary. It took a little longer to cook (I cooked on high due to time) because the corn was frozen, and the chicken breasts and chicken stock were at refrigerator temperature. All-in-all about 3 hour cook time on high. Wonderful recipe!5 stars

    1. Kyle, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to share the adjustments you made and how it went!

    1. Hi Alissa! You could use an unsweetened dairy-free yogurt instead. I hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

  10. This is the first Well Plated recipe I ever tried a few years ago. My husband was an extremely picky eater at the time and this chowder quickly became his favorite. It’s become a regular recipe for us, and I’ve also made it on the stove top when I didn’t get it in the crockpot in time. Bonus- it freezes well! I had a lot of leftovers and when I thawed it and reheated it, you couldn’t even tell it was leftovers. I love having a dollop of Greek yogurt on top. It makes it so creamy and delicious.5 stars

  11. I bought some chowder at a well known membership chain store that had shrimp in it, no chicken. I’ve wanted more but it was a December seasonal offering and not available. Would you please give your advice on how to make this substitution? Thank you very much.

  12. I love corn chowder but usually buy some, already prepared and frozen, at the local farmers market rom one of my favorite vendors. This recipe looked really great, so I tried it today. I ended up pulverizing it too much so I threw in some more corn. Lol! This chowder is AMAZING! Thanks for the recipe, Erin!5 stars

    1. Hi Kris! I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so if you make it without the potatoes you would be experimenting. The potatoes help thicken the chowder and makes it creamy. If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

  13. This really was so easy to prepare and it was delicious. I made it exactly according to the recipe and it turned out great. I’m a huge fan of slow cooker anything and this is going into my Favorite Soups group.5 stars

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