Creamy, hot, spicy, cheesy green chili chicken yum! This low carb green chile chicken chowder is to die for (well, maybe not quite, but close)!
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Do you love green chilis as much as I do? This recipe for low carb green chili chicken chowder holds a piece of my childhood and is an awesome comfort food. It’s perfect for fall, but then there’s also that random rain/snow blustery spring day that soaks you to the to the bone and has you calling for the ultimate green chili warm goodness.
Because I grew up in Colorado, I associate fall with pumpkins, apples, spices, corn, and roasting green chilis. In autumn you won’t often find a pumpkin farm or stand that doesn’t also have a chili roaster nearby. Therefore, everyone is always trying to outdo one another with the BEST green chili, pork green chili, green chili salsa, green chili chicken soup, etc. At Thanksgiving in Colorado, you will find in many families it’s not the turkey that’s the most talked about offering, but the green chili! Is Uncle Fred coming this year? He’d better be because he’s in charge of the green chili!
Of course, as one of my favorite comfort foods, I’ve created an ooey, gooey, cheesy green chili chicken chowder. This is a fabulous one pot meal, sure to please even the pickiest of families. The only thing you’ll be arguing about is how hot to make it. I personally opt for a good medium, middle of the road because I like some heat, but not too much!
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How to cook a chicken breast
First of all, you’re going to need to gather your ingredients. What do you find? You’re going to need one pound of cooked, diced chicken. Actually, you can get your chicken several ways. Do you have chicken leftovers? Awesome, chop that stuff up and you’re good to go. Maybe you decided to avoid the whole raw chicken and cooking it at all. In that case, perhaps you went out and bought a rotisserie chicken. That’s a super-easy way to get some great chicken for your chowder.
But let’s just say you happen to have on hand one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, organic and free-range if possible! How do you cook a chicken breast? It’s really not all that difficult, and it’s a skill everyone should learn.
To begin, get out a baking sheet, and coat the cooking area with olive oil. Take the chicken breasts out of the package and set them on top of the oil. Season each one liberally with salt and pepper on all sides, then drizzle a bit more olive oil over the top and rub it in. Then place the pan in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes, or until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the pan and immediately cover the chicken breasts with aluminum foil to keep in the heat and juices. Let it rest for at least ten minutes before chopping it up for your green chili chicken chowder. Yum.
How to make a low carb green chili chicken chowder
Once you have all your ingredients assembled, including the cooked, cubed chicken, place the Dutch oven or soup pot on a medium-high heat. Put two tablespoons of butter in the pot to melt, then add the chopped onion. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir the onion with the butter and cook for 4-5 minutes until it’s soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute more.
Next, pour in 32 ounces of a good quality organic chicken bone broth such as Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth. Once the broth is heated through but not yet boiling, cut in 8 ounces of full-fat cream cheese. Whisk the mixture until the cream cheese is incorporated, and there are no more lumps. After that, put in the chopped green chilis, the salsa verde (green salsa), and stir to combine.
TIP: When buying a pre-made salsa verde be sure to purchase one without sugar.
Then, after the mixture is warmed through and simmering, measure and add in the two cups of Monterrey jack cheese. Whisk the cheese in also so it melts and combines with the other ingredients. All you have left is to add in the chicken and let the green chili chicken chowder simmer for a few minutes (at least 10). Serve in soup bowls and garnish with more shredded Monterrey jack or cheddar cheese, lime with a squirt of lime juice, sliced avocado, and/or chopped fresh cilantro.
Invite some friends over and enjoy!
Invite some friends over or get the whole family to the table! This hearty low carb green chili chicken chowder makes a fabulous meal for the entire family with a definite kick to it. The only thing you may argue about is how spicy to make it. I like it to be a good medium, but my kids like it mild, and the husband likes as much heat as you can get in there.
If you want to accommodate everyone, make a very mild chowder and offer spicy toppings like finely chopped jalapenos, spicy salsa, or even a pepper jack cheese. I personally like a bit of lime juice and chopped cilantro on top with the cheese, and you can also add some sliced avocado. Try this one out, and let me know how it goes with your family or friends! It’s actually super-easy to throw together and a good, filling meal. It’s one of my favorites, and you’ll love it too! Try it today, and your taste buds will thank you!
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More in a chili mood?
Check out this awesome Keto Crockpot Chili – Low Carb Beef Chili recipe from The Health Creative!
Low Carb Green Chili Chicken Chowder Printable Recipe:
Green Chili Chicken Chowder
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 32 oz chicken bone broth
- 1 lb chicken cooked and cubed
- 8 oz cream cheese room temp
- 16 oz salsa verde (green salsa)
- 10 oz chili peppers roasted and chopped (or from a can in a hurry)
- 2 cups Monterrey jack cheese shredded
- Place the two tablespoons of butter in a Dutch oven or large soup pot on the stove over a medium-high heat to melt.
- Cook the chopped onion in the butter for about 4-5 minutes or until softened.
- Add the garlic and continue to stir over heat for a minute more.
- Pour in the chicken bone broth and heat until nearly boiling but not quite.
- Cut in the cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
- Add the jar of salsa verde and the chopped green chilis.
- Whisk in the 2 cups of Monterrey jack cheese. Continue to whisk over the heat until no lumps remain.
- Add in the cubed chicken and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve in bowls topped with shredded cheese. (Monterrey jack, cheddar, or both!)
- Optional toppings: avocado, lime juice, freshly chopped cilantro.