Chicken Chowder Recipe

Chicken & Sweet Potato Chowder

What’s better on a cold night than a warm bowl of homemade chicken chowder? This easy recipe tastes like it simmered all day.

40 min. prep time
8 servings
25525 Ratings


2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 large (1 cup) leek, sliced*
2 medium (4 cups) sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes**
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves***
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Salt, if desired
Pepper, if desired


Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan; add leek. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 7-10 minutes or until leek is tender. Add sweet potatoes, chicken broth, garlic and thyme leaves; continue cooking 9-11 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and sweet potatoes are tender. Stir in chicken and paprika.

Combine half & half and flour in bowl until smooth. Gradually add half & half mixture to potato mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly, 6-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened. Add salt and pepper, if desired.

*Substitute 1 medium (1 cup) onion, chopped.

**Substitute white potatoes or carrots.

***Substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves.

Recipe Tip

- Leeks are related to both garlic and onion, but their flavor is milder. To slice leeks; trim roots and leaf ends. Slit the leek lengthwise from top to bottom and wash thoroughly. Slice or chop as desired. Store refrigerated in resealable plastic food bag up to 5 days.

- Cubed or diced cooked chicken is available in the freezer section of the supermarket.

- Sweet potatoes are available in light and dark skins. The lighter skins have a pale yellow or white interior; those with darker orange skins have a bright orange interior. Either may be used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 220

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 570mg

Carbohydrates: 14g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 14g

Recipe #14453©2009Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Substituted frozen onions for Leeks. Added corn & various spices.
Used canned chicken breast
Since my kids love corn I added this to it, they ate every bit of it.
I made this for dinner tonight and had Rave reviews from all. Will make this often as I think its the best chowder I have ever eaten. I did use onions instead of Leeks because that is what I had on hand. One word sums it up, Delicious! I would give it 10 stars if I could!
This chowder was super easy to make and yummy! It does taste like it has been simmering on the stove all day. Thick and full of flavor!
I really like this recipe and have made it several times.
Fantastic chowder (my first attempt)! Only difference, I added pepper flakes when sautéing the onions. Next time I'll thicken with mashed up potatoes instead of flour. I used very little salt, a tiny sprinkle on the onions. Loved it!
I prepared chowder last night with onions & ground thyme. The chowder was excellent! Thanks!
This was my first attempt at making a chowder and I used onions instead of leeks. OMG! It is absolutely divine. It had the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Even my husband who generally isn't a huge fan of soups, couldn't stop eating it and asked me to put this on our "make again" list!
I just made this recipe and my husband and I loved it. Nice flavors.
Forgot to add the stars..!! 5 of course!!
This is a 5 star recipe! One of the best soups I have made. Maybe not low calorie but on a damp cold day who cares.
This soup was Excellent! My family loved it!!! It's a definite keeper!!! :)
This chowder came out just like the picture.!! It is delicious, thick and creamy. The leeks add that special flavor..along with the garlic, thyme and paprika..Such a good taste!!! I only had one can of broth ... I use left over rotisserie chicken .. Always have some crusty bread to serve with soup.. Oh so good!!
Do not let the simplicity of the recipe fool you - it tastes like you have been in the kitchen for hours. Delicious blend of tastes especioally with the Land of Lakes half and half.
The only thing I would change next time is to decrease to 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Very tasty soup!
We made's so comforting & just plain good. Only a few necessary alterations...for health conscious reasons, we sprayed the pan with a pan spray before adding, here, it was onions (just to save calories & fat). Also seldom have fresh garlic on hand so did a sprinkle of garlic powder (perfect), added some steamed & peeled sweet red peppers (for color), did 1/2 sweet potatoes, 1/2 carrots & we prefer rough shredded chicken over cubed (seems to absorb more of the flavor of the liquid). Used lo-sodium chick broth & a lot of course ground pepper. The Fat Free 1/2 & 1/2 was perfect. Definitely comforting for this time of the year! Thanks!
Just delicious! Monday is soup night at our house and we really enjoyed this chowder. Thanks for a great recipe!
I made it with the fat free half and half, and it was just so creamy and delicious! It was sweet and savory at the same time. It is definitely on my "make again" list!
Excellent recipe---delicious and easy to make. Served it in bread bowls and everyone was pleased.
I made this and it's a little sweet, but good. Maybe more onion/leeks? But note it's easier to slice the raw sweet potatoes, then peel the slices, than attempting to peel a whole sweet potato. The recipe is a keeper.
I used onions instead of leeks, since the store I shop at only had one leek left and it was in pretty bad condition. This was the first time I've made a chowder and it was great.
Reallygood and bit spicy. I didnt have paprica so i used cajun. Maybe i would add corn?
I only made 1/2 recipe because I didn't want a lot of leftover...just the 2 of us. Big mistake, this was delicious. I had just made my own chicken stock, so I had that and used the shredded chicken for this...1/2 everything else in the recipe and will definately make this again......
We were having a "soup" day at work & I was looking for something different, but fairly simple. And, I will have to say this was absolutely wonderful. The chowder got rave reviews from each & every person that tried it. I will definitely make again & again!!
This chowder was awesome. I can't wait to have it again!
I made this recipe and the chowder was delicious. I used uncooked chicken and browned it after the leeks.
Wonderful recipe! Would definitely make again. Prepared with fat free half and half and was great.
This is such a deliciously savory chowder. I have never made anything like this before and it turned out amazing. I will definitely make this recipe many, many times. Thanks for providing amazing recipes for free!

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