Are you ready for the soup? I am! When my friend Maribeth asked me if I had seen the recipe for Sweet Potato Chicken Corn Soup in the latest copy of Southern Living, I hadn't.
But when Maribeth is excited about a recipe, I get excited too! She is an accomplished cook and enjoys spending time in the kitchen. The chef, my dishwashing sous chef mother and I enjoyed many meals, snacks, appetizers and delicious treats from Maribeth's kitchen.
Once I looked at this recipe I knew this one would be no exception to the long line of recipes I have collected from Maribeth and Southern Living!
We are fans of sweet potatoes so this is the first ingredient that caught my attention. Plus, I like to rationalize that if it contains sweet potatoes then it must be good for me! These sweet potatoes appear to be a little white in the photo, but it was just my too bright photo!
This chowder is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. It's also easy because the first 12 ingredients are added to the Crock-Pot first.
I added white potatoes to the original recipe because I like the color and flavor highlight of a few white potatoes. In addition, I changed the process of cooking the chicken.
Southern Living states that "our testers recommend using bone-in chicken breasts for a more tender and juicy result than bone-in."
The original recipe calls for placing raw, bone-in skinless chicken breast with the rest of the cooking ingredients for the first 4 hours. I am picky about cooking chicken and I don't like to put it with other ingredients that will end up in soup.
Have you ever seen the chicken scum that floats to the top when you boil chicken? Yuck.
You can also tell from the image of the soup in my Crock-Pot that I always use a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner. In fact, I think Reynolds should sponsor this post, but sadly they aren't! But - I still want you to know about liners because they make cleaning easy.
And I always want to make things as easy as possible for my dishwasher sous chef mom! Did I ever tell you that she washes all of our dishes?
I know, but don't be jealous. Isn't it great to cook and have the dishes and the kitchen cleaned like magic! Thanks Mom!
I suggest you start with leftover chicken, cut or shredded. Or cook the chicken ahead of time in chicken broth or my personal favorite suggestion:
Place the chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot with 1 cup of the salsa. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from the Crock-Pot, let cool slightly then shred. This chicken is soft and lightly seasoned.
I served this soup with a superfood kale salad and it was a total hit! As is often the case, this soup gets better and better for several days after cooking.
Cooking this soup in the Crock-Pot filled the house with a wonderful scent of something love coming from the kitchen! My soup-eating chef added a touch of hot sauce to his portion.
It gave me the idea to add chili flakes to the remaining soup. I added 1 1/2 teaspoon and it was a perfect addition to the creamy soup. I added it as a "highly suggested" option in the recipe!
If you have any other favorite soup-worthy vegetables, this is the kind of recipe that can be tweaked to make it your own! Thank you Maribeth and thank you Southern Living for inspiring this recipe!
- 8 cups of chicken broth
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
- 1 pound white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
- 1 pound (2 chicken breasts) cooked and grated (or diced) *
- 2 cups corn kernels, fresh (from 4 cobs) or canned or frozen (thawed)
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 2 onions)
- 1 1/4 cups chopped red bell pepper (from one large bell pepper)
- 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow bell pepper (from one large bell pepper)
- 1 cup chopped celery (from 3 stalks)
- 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes * optional
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 to 8 tablespoons of cornstarch *
- 1/4 cup fresh or dried flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Hot sauce to taste
- Combine the first 12 ingredients in a 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH about 4 hours, or on HIGH 6 to 8 hours, until vegetables are tender.
- Whisk together cream and cornstarch in bowl until smooth; slowly stir into the soup.
- Cover and cook until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.
- Garnish with hot sauce if desired.
* Cook the chicken ahead in chicken broth or my favorite suggestion: Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker with 1 cup of salsa. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from the slow cooker, let cool slightly then shred. This chicken is soft and lightly seasoned.
* Red pepper flakes optional. They don't make the soup "hot" but add a nice layer of flavor.
* Can use only sweet potatoes if desired, but adding the white potato goes well with other vegetables.
* Cornstarch - 5 tablespoons will thicken slightly. I prefer 8 tablespoons for medium thickness to the chowder.
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You do hours of prep work on an intricate dish, only to be totally disappointed once you taste the terminal product. Bummer. Instead of putting in all that effort only to be disappointed, taste while you cook. That way, you’ll realize sooner that the dish isn’t tasting how you’d like it to, and you can make all kinds of last-ditch efforts to save it. This doesn’t just work for bad-to-OK meals. Tasting midway through and realizing how perfect a dash of cayenne or a squirt of lemon juice would be can take a great dinner to legendary status.
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Most foods are ruined by too much salt. Steak is different. When it comes to seasoning your meat ( before you cook it ), more is more. Use a generous amount of coarse Kosher salt—more than you think you need. Since most cuts of steak are pretty thick, even though you’re using a lot of salt, it’s still only covering the surface.
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You’ve probably heard that whenever a dish is lacking a little something-something, the best thing to do is toss in some salt. But, we have it on good authority that salt isn’t always the answer. When you’re tasting a dish at the end and you think it needs a little oomph, often it just needs a splash of acid ( like lemon juice ) to round out the flavor.
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You know how just about every cookie recipe suggests that you chill your dough in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, but oftentimes you don’t listen because you just want cookies now ? ! ( Same. ) Unfortunately, this step actually does make a difference. In addition to limiting how much the dough spreads while baking, chilling your dough intensifies the flavors and produces that perfect chewy, crispy texture we know and love.
It won’t do your breath any favors, but never ( ever ) scrimp on garlic. In fact, we typically double the amount a recipe calls for. Apologies to anyone who was planning on kissing us.