Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder

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Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder cooks low and slow all day long for a hearty, easy rich chowder with lots of bacon.

Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder cooks low and slow all day long for a hearty, easy rich chowder with buttery potatoes and lots of bacon. Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder

Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder is a dish that is deceptively easy and rich. Aside from crumbled bacon theres no precooking involved either!

We’re a huge fan of soups during the cold wintery months (ok ok, it isn’t that cold in California but I reserve the right to feel like this kid from the Campbell’s Soup snowman ad).

One of my favorite things about soups is cooking them low and slow. I think we’re so used to fast meals done in 30 minutes sometimes you forget the great flavors that come from simmering something on the stove. Except no one has time for that! Especially not during the holidays.

The easiest Chicken Chowder in the crockpot and it is rich and creamy!

So Slow Cooker Soups are HUGE for us. The most popular one on the site by far is the Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup and this one is a similar style, full of thick, rich, creamy flavors!

Tips for making the perfect Chicken Chowder:

  • Especially in a slow cooker the most important thing is bold flavors. I love bacon, extra chicken base, cream cheese, heavy cream and garlic in this dish together.
  • Pump up the flavor even more, cook the onions in the bacon fat before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • I used chicken breast here because more of my clients liked white meat, but chicken thighs are an obvious swap here too.
  • Turkey meat is a great swap as is shrimp. If making a shrimp and bacon chowder, add in the shrimp in the last 20 minutes and use a seafood base instead of chicken (Like fish, clam or lobster – I use lobster and it is AMAZING).
  • Yukon potatoes are rich and buttery and hold up well in the slow cooker.

Crock Pot Bacon Chicken Chowder is a set it and forget it meal!

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The creamiest easiest Chicken Chowder you'll ever make with LOTS OF BACON!

Tools Used in making this Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me.
Pig Tail Flipper: I use this to flip bacon easily. I use this tool EVERY time I cook something that requires flipping, it is amazing.
Chicken Base: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.

Recipe

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Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder

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  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Soup
  • Cuisine: American
Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder cooks low and slow all day long for a hearty, easy rich chowder with buttery potatoes and lots of bacon.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 yukon potatoes peeled and chopped into 2 inch cubes
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth *
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 8 ounces 1 package cream cheese, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the chicken, onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, broth, thyme, oregano and half the bacon to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  3. Add the cream cheese to the slow cooker.
  4. Mix the cornstarch with the heavy cream and add it to the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on high for an hour.

  6. Mix in the remaining bacon and serve.

Recipe Notes

*Instead of broth I use Better than Bouillon. So I'd add double the strength it calls for to get an even more rich flavor.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 Servings, Amount per serving: 285 calories, Serving Size: 1 , Calories: 285g

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The creamiest easiest Crockpot Chicken Chowder you'll ever make with LOTS OF BACON!
Slow Cooker Bacon Chicken Chowder cooks low and slow all day long for a hearty, easy rich chowder with buttery potatoes and lots of bacon.

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  1. I made this today. Perfect soup for a day in the teens. I changed things just a bit. I used a rotisserie chicken and just added the picked chicken near the end. My husband hates cream-based soups, so I had to change the amount of cream cheese and cream. Instead of regular cream cheese, I added a heaping tablespoon of chive cream cheese. (I love onions) and I reduced the amount of cream to about 1/4 cup. Also, I had used the oven earlier in the day and so I cooked my bacon at that time. I added the crispy bacon when I added the rotisserie chicken. I seasoned with poultry seasoning and a little chicken base. Don’t forget the cornstarch slurry – it makes it nice and thick. I think a few peas would be a nice touch. Maybe next time.

    Rating: 5
  2. Made this tonight and it’s delicious. I added corn. Will make again! Does it freeze well with the cream??

    Rating: 5
    1. I don’t use the cubes, I use the base. I used 4 teaspoons of Better than Bouillon mixed with water to make the 4 cups of broth.

  3. I’ve been making a lot of your soups lately. My husband works out in the middle of no-man’s land and it’s freezing! He always just packs a sandwich because a measly can of Progresso soup just doesn’t cut it out in the cold. I finally found a big 3 cup soup thermos and that was the ticket! Big enough to satisfy a big man and it warmed him up. You already know what fans we are and this soup did NOT disappoint! He loved the bacon! Fabulously flavorful!

    Rating: 5