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Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder – a super fast and easy soup you can make any night of the week.  This recipe for corn chowder is thick, creamy, and actually good for you!

 There is just something about a comforting bowl of soup. It can be chicken enchilada soup or even just a classic chicken noodle. But a hot bowl of soup with some kind of bread is pretty much my ideal winter dinner.

Corn Chowder isn’t something that I grew up eating, because my dad didn’t like soup. He pretty much wrote off any soup, of any kind.  Maybe a cream of mushroom was ok, but if it was broth based, it was out.

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder in white bowl with cornbread


I love a good cream soup as well, but I don’t love how bad they can be for you. A classic corn chowder recipe is made with plenty of butter and heavy cream, and those calories add up fast!  So I love this chicken corn chowder because it uses evaporated milk to lighten it up, so you don’t have to feel guilty.

I think by now, you know that we are big fans of Mexican food.  Chicken enchiladas are one of my favorite things of all time to make. So it should come as no surprise that I put a Southwestern spin on corn chowder.

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe

Green chilies, ground cumin and chili powder are all it takes to take a classic chicken corn chowder to a Southwestern chicken corn chowder.  And if you serve it with the best cornbread recipe, it is even better!

And you can have this dinner on the table fast!  Just about 20 minutes and you have a comforting and delicious bowl of soup any night of the week.  Want to know a shortcut?  Pick up a rotisserie chicken!  Then you just throw that it towards the end, and dinner is done!

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe


This recipe for corn chowder is not spicy, it just has the Southwest flavor from the chili powder and green chilies. If you want to make it hot, add in some jalapenos or a little cayenne pepper.  I know my family will like that next time I make it, because they are all about the spice!

Mix up your next soup night and make this Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder. It is creamy and delicious, but with no guilt!  The leftovers are great for lunch the next day as well!

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder - collage

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Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder

A bowl of soup on a table

Southwestern Chicken Corn Chowder - a super fast and easy soup you can make any night of the week.  This recipe for corn chowder is thick, creamy, and actually good for you!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth, reduced sodium
  • 10.75 oz condensed cream of chicken soup, reduced fat
  • 4 oz chopped green chilies
  • 2 cans cream-style corn, (14.5 oz)
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cilantro


  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onions and chicken and brown for 4-5 minutes.  Mix in garlic, and cook for 1 minute. 
  2. Pour in chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, and green chilies, mix until well combined.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and mix in corn, evaporated milk, chili powder, cumin, and black pepper.  Bring to a low simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes until everything is heated through.
  4. Serve topped with cheese and cilantro

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 427Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 91mgSodium 1110mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 3gSugar 14gProtein 35g

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

Monday 26th of February 2018

It looks so comforting! Can't wait to try this!


Thursday 22nd of February 2018

My husband used to hate soup, too, but he came around because I love it! And we love anything SouthWestern, so this is happening soon. :)

Agness of Run Agness Run

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Such a perfect lunch recipe which I can't wait to try, Erin! It looks so creamy and delightful. :)

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

I love that this is a quick fix! And of course I love how thick and rich it looks!

Jennifer Blake

Thursday 22nd of February 2018

Yummo! I need this to get in my belly right now! Total comfort soup!

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