Asparagus Chicken Chowder

Recipe by Sweet Diva MJ
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READY IN: 2hrs 40mins
SERVES: 16-18
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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).
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