While the trips to Lancaster didn't happen too often, I could always count on the deli to serve up my favorite chowder at least once (sometimes twice) a month. Soon, that wasn't enough to satisfy me! I decided I'd try to make it myself. Someday.
Looking through my trusty Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, I was excited to find there was a recipe for corn chowder without the chicken. Of course, I had to have the chicken, so I always added it near the end of the cooking time. A few other small changes led us to our favorite Chicken Corn Chowder recipe...or in today's case, Turkey Corn Chowder!
Turkey Corn Chowder
adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
- 3 slices bacon, diced
- 1/2 c. onion, diced
- 1/2 c. red bell pepper, diced
- 1 medium potato, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth (canned or homemade)
- 3/4 cup diced turkey breast
- 2 T. all-purpose flour (or Wondra)
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- Chipotle Tabasco sauce, for garnish (optional)
- In a dutch oven, cook diced bacon until crisp.
- When bacon is done, remove from pot with a slotted spoon.
- Drain all but 1 Tbs. bacon grease from pot.
- Add the onions and peppers to the hot oil in the dutch oven, cook until tender.
- Stir in broth, potato and corn.
- Bring to boil.
- Stir in the turkey.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes (until potatoes are tender).
- In a small bowl or glass, mix together the flour and milk. Once well combined, stir into the chowder.
- Season to taste with the salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes while allowing to cook uncovered until thick and bubbly.
- If desired, use an immersion blender to lightly puree the chowder to desired texture.
- Stir in crumbled bacon.
- Once chowder is thick and bubbly, allow to cook for one minute longer before serving.
- You could easily use bacon leftover from the morning's breakfast or from the BLTs you enjoyed for lunch, just be sure to reserve some of the grease to cook your veggies. It brings that wonderful smokey, bacon flavor throughout the entire pot of soup!
I make corn chowder several different ways, but this recipe has continued to be our favorite even after all these years!