WOW. This is the most delicious chowder I've had in a long time. I didn't have half-and-half or whipping cream so I used evaporated milk. I also didn't have any cheese, but the flavors are so great you can skip it. I added some creamed corn to this because I wanted more corn in the recipe, and I also added an additional can of white beans (personal preference). I loved that I could boil my chicken and have the stock ready. This is a definite make-again recipe courtesy of Spilling the Beans.