Thursday, November 17, 2011

a hug in a bowl

This past weekend I decided to dig out an old favorite. Those of you who have been around for a while may remember this soup that my mom used to make. I realized recently that I haven't made it in probably about a year. As I was looking over the ingredients, I quickly realized why: it's pretty unhealthy. But if your deep into soup season, or just feeling S.A.D. from the lack of sun warming your skin, you might need something a little comforting and indulgent. Like this soup, or a hug.

So here you go, my mom's Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder adapted from a 1980-ish Southern Living cookbook.

You will need:
1 1/2lb boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves minced garlic
3T butter
1/2c water
2t instant bouillon
1t cumin
2c half & half
8oz monterey jack cheese
1 (14oz)can cream corn
1 4oz can chopped green chilis
1t tobasco (I use about 8x that)
1 med. tomato, chopped

First, cook the first four ingredients in a large soup pot. I started my chicken and then added the next three. Then add water and bring to a boil. Dissolve your bouillon and reduce heat to medium-high. 

Add the rest of the half & half, cumin, tobasco, s+p, corn and chilies. But don't drain the corn or chilies. Let simmer for about 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally so that the bottom doesn't scorch.

Stir in cheese and adjust seasonings.

 Add tomatoes and serve.

For some reason, when I copied this down from my mom years ago, I copied down a doubled version. So when I'm looked at my book and saw "3lb chicken" I just shrugged and dumped it in the pot. So now Sanne and I have a couple containers of this soup in the freezer, waiting for another for a blustery day.


What's your favorite soup?


  1. this was always my favorite

  2. mine too, I've got some in the freezer for lunch when you come!

  3. you never know when you might need 5 pounds of moms mexican chicken corn chowder... maybe you could send me some?

  4. Thank you for posting this! I've only been asking you for the recipe for like, years ;)

  5. I know, but it's an effing good recipe. You don't just give them out without years of careful thought. Enjoy! :)