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Adapted from Taste of Home. This creamy, flavorful chowder is wonderful. Just a tip: I mega-cook (OAMC) when I can and will roast 4 chickens at once and then cut-up the meat to freeze, so I always have chicken meat on hand for recipes such as this one, which reduces the cooking time considerably. I also substitute canned evaporated skimmed or low-fat milk for the whipping cream, which cuts the fat and calories significantly.
- 1 broiler chickens (3 to 3-1/2 pounds) or 1 broiler-fryer chicken (3 to 3-1/2 pounds)
- 3 1⁄2 quarts water
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 5 slices bacon, strips diced
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces or 1 (10 ounce) box frozen asparagus, thawed
- 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy whipping cream or 1 1⁄2 cups canned reduced-fat evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Place chicken, water and bouillon in a Dutch oven or soup kettle.
- Cover and slowly bring to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender.
- Remove chicken from broth; let stand until cool enough to handle.
- Remove 1 cup broth and set aside.
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
- Saute the carrots, onion and fresh asparagus (if using frozen asparagus, do not add until the end of the recipe) in drippings over medium heat until crisp-tender.
- Add to kettle along with the potatoes, salt, thyme and pepper; return to a boil.
- Reduce heat;cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Combine flour and reserved broth until smooth; stir into soup.
- Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
- Remove chicken from bones;discard bones and skin.
- Cut chicken into thin strips; add to soup.
- along with cream and parsley (and thawed frozen asparagus, if using).
- Heat through (do not boil).
- Sprinkle with bacon just before serving. Yield: 16-18 servings (4-1/2 quarts).
I used fresh asparagus and evaporated milk. It was wonderful; very tasty and creamy! I will definately be making this again during asparagus season.