Chipotle Chicken Chowder

I came to the realization a couple days ago that I’m actually NOT going to be able to go to Ohio and see The Replacements after all this year. Between the cost of summer daycare for the bambino, going to Wisconsin, and actually trying to pay down debt (something that had I taken a more active role in doing, would make this moot), I can’t justify the cost of a plane ticket. I am heartbroken and devastated, and spent most of Tuesday in tears, blaming my red, puffed-up face on an eczema flare-up. And while I know it’s silly to get so worked up about it (I’m 39, for crissakes!), the reality is, it’s not happening. As such, I have my tickets up for sale, and I expect that by the weekend, they’ll be in the hands of someone else.

Chipotle Chicken Chowder

And I hate it. I knew it was a long shot when I bought the tickets. I’m angriest at myself for not budgeting better–I’d stupidly thought “Oh, something will work out, it always does.” Nope. Not this time.

Chipotle Chicken Chowder

Still, I have to remind myself, I was lucky enough to see The ‘Mats at Midway last year, and I know there were a lot of people who wanted to go to that show and weren’t able to. So there’s that.

Chipotle Chicken Chowder

And I’m hoping that maybe once the band gets done with their shows in Europe, they might do more shows in the fall. And perhaps they’ll do something in Minneapolis or even Des Moines or Omaha. Something a little closer to me out here.

Yield: 6

Chipotle Chicken Chowder

Chipotle Chicken Chowder
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 1 7-oz. can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 celery rib, leaves removed, diced
  • 1 tsp. dried coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 C low-sodium chicken broth or stock
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 small yellow potatoes, diced
  • 1 15-oz. can golden hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 C heavy cream
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp. lightly dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • lime wedges, for serving


Begin heating the oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat. Remove one chile from the can of adobo sauce. Chop finely, then add to the pot, along with the onion, carrots, celery, coriander, oregano, thyme, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent.

Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the chicken, and place in a shallow dish. Remove the soup from the heat, and allow it to cool, while shredding the chicken with 2 forks.

Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Return to the heat, and stir in the potatoes and hominy. Bring to a simmer over medium heat for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Add the chicken back to the pot, and stir in the heavy cream. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the chicken is heated through.

Remove from the heat, and stir in the tomato, salt, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges if desired.

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In a perfect world, my tickets would go to someone like I was last year–Never had the chance to see The ‘Mats back in their heyday, because of being too young and getting into them just as they were splitting up. If I could help some fan have an experience like I did with Midway, well, that’s a good thing, right?

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3 Replies to “Chipotle Chicken Chowder”

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  2. Oh no, Rachel! I’m so sorry to hear you won’t be able to make that concert. I remember reading about what an awesome time you had last time. Hopefully your tickets ended up in deserving hands :-)

    • Yeah…I am pretty bummed about it. The timing just stinks–If it was later in the summer or even in fall, no problem. I do have a buyer for the tickets, so I’m hoping she has as good a time at this show as I did at the hometown show last year!

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