Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Spicy but delicious chowder using your own roast chicken.
For the Chicken
- 1 (3 1/2 lb) whole roasting chickens
- 1 head garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 onion, quartered
- 1 lime, quartered
- 1 teaspoon cumin seed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt (as needed)
- black pepper (as needed)
For the Chowder
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 62 1⁄2 ounces chicken broth or 62 1⁄2 ounces stock
- 1 1⁄2 lbs small red potatoes, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 -6 tablespoons cold water
- 1⁄2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 3 canned chipotle chiles, chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon adobo sauce (from canned chipotles)
- 1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
- 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro
- 3 corn tortillas or 1 cup broken tortilla chips
- oil (as needed, to fry corn tortillas) (optional)
- Preheat oven to 475°F.
- Rinse chicken and pat dry, and stuff cavity with garlic, onion, lime, and cumin seed.
- Seal cavity with skewers or toothpicks.
- Fold wing tips under bird.
- Rub exterior of bird with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
- Place on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan and roast, uncovered, at 475F for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 375F and continue to cook chicken, for 60-75 minutes or until temperature in the thickest part of thigh reads at least 160°F.
- Allow chicken to rest for 30 minutes without carving.
- Cook bacon in a skillet until cooked through and crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tbsp bacon drippings.
- Place bacon drippings into the bottom of a large dutch oven, and add onion and garlic.
- Cook until tender, then add chicken broth, potatoes, wine, bell pepper, ground cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and tender.
- Meanwhile, remove meat from chicken, discarding fat, skin, and bone.
- Chop chicken coarsely and set aside.
- Mix together dry milk with cold water until smooth in a small bowl and set aside.
- Heat oil several inches deep in a large skillet.
- Using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut tortillas into thin strips.
- Fry tortilla strips until crispy and golden, then drain on paper toweling and set aside (or may use broken tortilla chips).
- When potatoes in chowder are tender, add cooked chopped chicken, milk mixture, chopped chipotles with adobo (adjust amount for your own taste), and grated cheese.
- Cook, stirring over low heat just until cheese melts- do not boil or cheese will become grainy.
- Just before serving, stir in chopped cilantro, and top each bowl of chowder with tortilla strips.
WOW Sue, I guess you REALLY meant spicy :) Made this for our dinner last night, and when I taste tested it, I thought my ears were gonna blow right off ~ just kidding, but this is definitely a hot and spicy chowder. DH had 2 servings, thought it was absolutely WONDERFUL! We used the prepackaged tortilla chips and a mix of cheddar and jack cheeses. Very WARMING dish!! Thanks SueL for another keeper, made for Potluck Tag, Jan 2009.