Slow Cooker Chipotle White Bean Chicken Chowder: This hearty south-of-the-border chowder features a semi-spicy broth with bites of tender, shredded chicken, white beans and sweet corn.
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I don’t know about you but at my house we all love soups, chowders, chilis, stews…basically anything that’s dinner in a bowl. And it’s a double bonus when it’s southwestern anything…we love a dollop of sour cream and diced avocados anytime we can get it.
The weather here has been really just so beautiful. The blue skies and orange leaves play magnificently off of each other. But it’s starting to get a little chilly. I know it’s soup season if I have to wear socks. I’m one of those people that has really poor circulation to the feet. My toes are constantly freezing in the winter. Today, as I’m typing, I’m wearing socks…so I think it’s a good day for some chicken and corn chowder! And really, even if I wasn’t wearing socks I think it would be a good day for this recipe. I didn’t even realize it while I was making it–but it’s actually gluten free. So this is a good option to share with your friends who have celiac disease.
For this recipe I decided to use Hurst’s Great Northern Beans. You can find these beans in many grocery stores. If you want to find out where you can find Hurst’s products near you you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org . I love usings Hurst’s beans because they always come with a little seasoning packet. My husband always gives me a compliment when I use their products “this has really great flavor!” Little does he know that most all of the flavor is coming from the little packet included with the dried beans. So don’t throw the packet away. Set it aside for later because we’ll be using it.
Start making this soup the night before by soaking the beans. I have found that soaking dried beans overnight is really the best choice. The beans have a better consistency after they are cooked. If you forget you can always do the quick soak method. This just means you rinse the beans, place the beans in a pot and cover them with 2 inches of water, bring the beans to a boil over high heat. Cook the beans for one minute, remove the pot from the heat, cover the pot with a lid and let them soak in the water for one hour. After the hour is up you can drain the beans and rinse them once again. Then they will be recipe ready!
This next step may seem a little weird to some of you but I’ve learned it from the experts at America’s Test Kitchen. It’s just to saute the onions and garlic in the microwave and bloom the spices at the same time. Just use a microwave-safe bowl and add in your a little bit of oil, diced onions, garlic, tomato paste, chili powder and the minced chipotles in adobo sauce. You’ll microwave it for about 5 minutes. I like to stir every 90 seconds or so.
This is what the mixture will look like when it’s done in the microwave. It’s so full of flavor! Add this mixture along with your beans and some water and chicken and salt to the slow cooker. This recipe will take several hours to cook so you can leave it all day if you’re going to be working. I turned mine up to high and it took 5 1/2 hours so on low it will take about 8-9 hours to cook.
When the beans were soft I ladled out a couple of cups of the beans and added them to my blender. I pureed the beans and then added them back into the crockpot to make more of a creamy than broth-y consistency. I then fished out the chicken thighs and shredded them up. They were so tender that it took about 2 seconds. This is the point where you’ll add in the seasoning packet. I also added in some sweet corn (I used frozen, I find that frozen corn really is easiest for me and has great flavor). We topped ours with a little sour cream and diced up some ripe avocados. Try this recipe out this week. It would be a good one for Halloween night!Print
- 1(20 oz) package Hurst’s Great Northern Beans with Ham Seasoning Packet
- 1 tsp canola/olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
- 2 tsp salt
- 5 cups water
- 1 1/2 to 3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs (frozen works well for this recipe)
- 2 cups (or more) or frozen sweet corn
- Salt and pepper
- Cilantro, sour cream, avocado
- Open the bean package and set aside the seasoning packet. You’ll need it later. Soak the beans overnight in a big bowl with a lot of water (soak at least 8 hours). The beans expand a lot so make sure you fill the bowl up with a lot of water. You can also do the quick soak method (instructions for that are above).
- Drain the water and rinse the beans. Place the beans in the bottom of a large slow cooker. I like to use at least a 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine the diced onions, minced garlic, tomato paste, chili powder and minced chipotles. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring every 90 seconds or so. Add the mixture to the slow cooker.
- Add in the salt and 5 cups of water. Then add in the chicken. I like to use frozen boneless skinless thighs because the beans take a long time to cook and this ensures that the chicken and beans will get done at the same time. Thanks so the amount of liquid encompassing the chicken in this recipe the meat will stay moist even if the chicken is not frozen.
- Cover and cook on LOW for about 8-10 hours, or until beans are tender. Alternatively, you can cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours. Each slow cooker is different and cooking times can vary. But these cooking times should be somewhat close to your slow cooker.
- Remove the lid and remove the chicken to a cutting board. Shred.
- Ladle out 2 to 3 cups of beans and add them to a blender or food processor. Puree the beans. Be careful because they are very hot and this can make the blender lid explode off and coat your kitchen with beans. I like to start on the lowest setting and kind of vent the blender lid a bit. Once the beans are pureed, stir them back into the slow cooker. Stir the chicken back into the slow cooker.
- This step is important! Add in the seasoning packet. Stir. Then add in salt to taste. I needed a whole teaspoon to get it to the right taste. Add in pepper to taste.
- Add in corn and stir.
- Serve with minced cilantro, diced avocados and a dollop of sour cream.