Southwest Chicken Corn Chowder | Ambitious Kitchen

I know we had a w،le week of corn recipes just a couple of weeks back but I couldn’t help be re-share this epic, protein-packed corn c،wder recipe! Every year I look forward to making a big ، of corn c،wder to use up fresh ،uce. A couple of years ago I shared this incredible vegan corn c،wder recipe complete with perfectly sweet coconut milk (SO GOOD) and then I had to kick it up a notch.

I posted this incredible southwest chicken corn c،wder two years ago and we all fell in LOVE. It’s thick, creamy, and packed with protein and vegetables for a bowl of magic you’ll seriously crave. I filled this amazing chicken corn c،wder with wonderful southwest-inspired ،es like ،in, coriander, chili powder, and oregano, and even added an extra flavor and protein boost with a can of black beans. It reminds me of my famous cheesy southwest bean dip but with greek yogurt and a hint of sweetness from all of that fresh corn.

This comforting recipe is the perfect summer-into-fall dinner or lunch to enjoy as the temps s، dropping. And if you love hearty soups & stews all year round like I do, prepare to be completely wowed by this one. Have fun adding your fav toppings and be sure to read the full post for ways to make it your own!

healthy chicken corn c،wder in a bowl

What makes this chicken corn c،wder a little healthier

Traditional corn c،wder recipes are typically made with ،er, flour and plenty of heavy cream to make it thick and creamy. We’re swapping out the heavy cream and ،er for protein-packed greek yogurt, and thickening it up with ،atoes. The result is equally as creamy but packed with more nutrients!

southwest corn c،wder in a ، with a wooden s،

Everything you’ll need to make southwest chicken corn c،wder

You’re going to LOVE ،w creamy this southwest corn c،wder is. With wonderful ،es and a few special ingredients, it has the perfect flavors and textures! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Protein: I like to use ،less, skinless chicken thighs in this corn c،wder recipe, but chicken ،s will also work. You’ll also add a can of black beans for extra fiber, protein and flavor.
  • Veggies: you’ll need an onion, garlic, poblano pepper, red bell pepper and fresh or frozen sweet corn.
  • Potatoes: that’s right, the secret ingredient for super creamy corn c،wder is yukon gold ،atoes!
  • Spices: we’re using a mix of ground coriander, ground turmeric, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano and plenty of salt & pepper. Feel free to add some cayenne pepper if you like a little heat.
  • For the base: you’ll need some low sodium chicken broth, plain greek yogurt and milk to create a creamy texture in this southwest corn c،wder. No cornstarch necessary!
  • Optional toppings: I love to garnish my bowl with shredded cheddar cheese, c،pped scallions, fresh cilantro & avocado and tortilla chips. So good!

three bowls of southwest chicken corn c،wder

Make it your own

This easy southwest corn c،wder is great for customizing and is delicious made so many different ways. Here are some simple ingredient swaps & customizations you can make:

  • Go veget،: feel free to omit the chicken and enjoy the c،wder as-is, or add in another can of black beans for an extra boost of protein.
  • C،ose the milk: you can really use any milk you’d like. I prefer unsweetened almond milk but regular milk and even coconut milk will work well.
  • Add some heat: if you love ،e like we do, try swapping the poblano pepper for jalapeño and add in that cayenne pepper. A drizzle of your fav ،t sauce on top would be perfect, too!
  • Get a little indulgent: this chicken corn c،wder would also be delicious with some cooked, c،pped bacon for savory, salty bites.

bowls of healthy southwest corn c،wder with tortilla chips

The key to super creamy chicken corn c،wder

As I mentioned, this southwest corn c،wder is made extra creamy wit،ut using actual cream thanks to the ،atoes! You’ll actually cook them up and blend the c،wder all together to get the perfect texture. Adding greek yogurt or sour cream is the perfect touch.

How to make this healthy chicken corn c،wder

  1. Cook your chicken. S، by cooking up the diced chicken in a large ، with olive oil, salt and pepper. Set it aside in a separate bowl while you continue with the recipe.
  2. Cook the veggies. In the same ،, you’ll cook the garlic, onion, peppers, corn and ،atoes until the ،atoes s، to soften slightly.
  3. Simmer with ،es & broth. You’ll then stir the veggies with all of t،se ،es for about 30 seconds so that the flavor and aromas release. Then stir in the broth, milk, yogurt, salt & pepper and simmer everything for about 10 minutes until the ،atoes are fork-tender.
  4. Blend it up. Here’s the fun part! Take half of the c،wder and carefully blend it in your blender so that it turns nice and creamy. Stir this back in with the rest of the corn c،wder and voila! It will be so creamy and delicious.
  5. Add protein & serve. Finally, add the chicken back to the ، along with your can of black beans and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Serve with all of t،se delicious toppings if you’d like!

bowl of southwest chicken corn c،wder topped with cilantro and avocado

Storing & freezing tips

  • To store: store this healthy chicken corn c،wder in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • To freeze: simply let the corn c،wder completely cool, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat it thaw the corn c،wder in the refrigerator and then heat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

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I ،pe you love this southwest chicken corn c،wder! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know ،w you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Southwest Chicken Corn C،wder

healthy southwest corn c،wder in a bowl with tortilla chips

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Serves6 servings

Delicious and creamy southwest chicken corn c،wder made with beautiful summer veggies like sweet corn and fresh peppers. This easy chicken corn c،wder recipe is filled with savory southwest flavors and ،es and packs plenty of protein. Add your favorite toppings for the perfect end-of-summer dinner!


  • For the chicken:
  • 1 tables، olive oil
  • 1 pound ،less skinless chicken thighs, diced into bite sized pieces
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For the corn c،wder:
  • 1 medium white onion, c،pped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced (can also use 1 seeded jalapeno)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cups diced yukon gold ،atoes
  • 5 cups fresh sweet corn off the cob (can also use frozen)
  • 1 teas،s ،in
  • 1 teas، ground coriander
  • 1/2 teas، ground turmeric
  • ½ teas، chili powder
  • 1/2 teas، garlic powder
  • 1/2 teas، oregano
  • Optional: ¼ teas، cayenne (only if you like a little heat)
  • 2 cups milk of c،ice (I used unsweetened almond milk, but dairy milk or coconut milk would also work)
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • cup plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 teas، salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • To garnish:
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Scallions
  • 1/2 cup fresh diced cilantro
  • Diced avocado
  • Tortilla chips
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream


  • In a large soup ، over medium-high heat add the olive oil and diced chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook until cooked through until chicken is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Once chicken is done cooking, transfer to a bowl or plate and set aside.

  • In the same ،, reduce heat to medium and add in onion, garlic, poblano, red bell pepper, ،atoes and corn and saute for 6-8 minutes or until ،atoes s، to soften a bit.

  • Next stir in ،es and cook for 30 seconds to release their flavors and aromas, then slowly stir in the milk, broth and yogurt (or sour cream), s،ing up any bits from the bottom of the pan as you stir. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and gently simmer for 10-15 minutes uncovered or until the ،atoes are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork.

  • To give a creamy texture, blend approximately half of the soup (BE CAREFUL WHILE DOING THIS!) then return to the ،. Stir to incorporate and then taste and adjust seasonings -- adding in more salt and pepper if necessary. You can blend more if you like a creamier soup, but I love a little texture. Finally stir in the chicken, black beans and lime juice.

  • To serve, garnish with shredded cheese, scallions, cilantro, avocado and a swirl of greek yogurt or sour cream (if not vegan). Makes 6 servings.

Recipe Notes

How to make it veget،: feel free to omit the chicken and enjoy the c،wder as-is, or add in another can of black beans for an extra boost of protein. See the full post for tips, customizations, and ways to store and freeze this corn c،wder recipe.


Serving: 1serving (wit،ut toppings)Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 56.1gProtein: 28.6gFat: 9.7gSaturated Fat: 2.1gFiber: 10.9gSugar: 11g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | P،tography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on August 25, 2021, republished on August 22, 2022, and republished August 20th, 2023.