Roasted Garlic and Chicken Chowder

Well ouch. That was a tough game yesterday. Our Hawks didn’t win and I’m still a little sad so I’m going to go ahead and bury my head in this bowl of creamy, comforting Roasted Garlic and Chicken Chowder.

If I am being completely honest though, even if they won, I’d probably still want to dig right into this stuff. It’s creamy. Loaded with veggies, chicken and just a hint of roasted garlic. It’s perfect for these cold January days.

Although I can’t really complain, the weather in Seattle has been pretty great the last week or so. Like we actually saw the sun. Which is something that doesn’t usually happen until at least May.

Seriously the other day I went out WITHOUT a coat. In SEATTLE. In JANUARY.

Glorious friends, glorious.

But back to this soup. It’s also glorious and super easy to make. I used pre-cooked shredded chicken to make things a little simpler. I have learned that the best time to add the chicken to soup is right at the end. For this soup, I recommend adding it in at the same time that you add in the kale and only cooking it for 2 minutes or so, so that it stays tender. Because there is nothing worse then a creamy bowl of soup with dry pieces of chicken. Right?

Except of course your team being 1 yard away from a Super Bowl win and then loosing…but…moving on… When do catchers and pitchers report?! :)

Roasted Garlic and Chicken Chowder Recipe

Serves 4 -6 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried summer savory
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 3 cups lacinato kale
  • salt and pepper

Roasted Garlic

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees to roast garlic first.

2

Cut the top 1/4 inch off the garlic, place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt, wrap in aluminum foil and cook for 40 - 45 minutes or until cloves are browned and soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before using a fork to remove each clove.

3

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Allow to cook for one minute. Whisk in broth.

4

Stir in carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, parsley and summer savory. Simmer until potatoes are fork tender.

5

Whisk one tablespoon of hot broth into cream to temper it. Slowly whisk tempered cream into soup. Stir in cream cheese. Once melted, stir in garlic, cooked chicken and kale. Cook just until kale wilts, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper

6

Ladle into soup bowls and serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

  • Michelle De La Cerda-Nash

    I feel ya, I’m still very upset over the loss and I’d have no problem comforting myself with a big ole bowl of this too!

  • Win or lose this chowder looks crazy good! Perfect for this chilly winter day!

  • This looks really good – it’s 20 some odd degrees…I am about to have to take kids to school..and I wish I had this for breakfast. :)

  • I can’t even lie. I didn’t watch the game. I know, I am the WORST! But this chowder looks so good! Perfect for dinner tonight! Pinned!

  • Melissa Russo

    I’ll take a bowl right now! I love corn chowder. Yum.

  • noshandnourish

    It looks so good and satisfying!!

  • Accidental Farm Wife

    Sorry about your Seahawks! BUT this chowder looks amazing…hooray for roasted garlic.

  • We have over 10″ of snow on the ground and are on a snow day. This soup looks like the perfect dinner!

  • Oh my! This is screaming comfort to me!

  • I’ve lived in Seattle for ten years and am actually in New York right now. I could only watch the first half of the game because I was going out to dinner. What a shock to find out how the game ended! Also, it’s snowy here. I am recalling those 65 degree January days in Seattle fondly.

  • Kate Scott

    Mmmm this loos delicious! I love garlic-chicken so this sounds right up my alley!

  • Tonia@thegunnysack

    Yes, it got cold again here in Minnesota! It was -1 when I brought the kids to school this morning so I really do need a bowl of this soup!

  • It’s even cold here in Texas, but being a native northerner, I love it! And I love these types of recipes for those cold days! This just may be dinner tonight. :o)

  • Blessing

    I woke up to a snowish London, this dish is just a perfect one for the cold weather.
    Thanks for the detailed recipe.

  • Salina

    I don’t bother much with sports, but I did watch the game and it was definitely a nail biter. While I am from New England (sorry!), I can appreciate a good chowder because of it! I’m currently making the recipe for your Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Potatoes, and Kielbasa, and looking through your other recipes has me wanting to lock myself away in my house all day and try them all! I’ve always considered myself more of a baker, but I’ve learned recently that it doesn’t always have to be one over the other. Cooking is in my family, after all. Thank you for having such straight forward but different recipes for me to try out on my boyfriend. I look forward to making them!

  • Sally

    Just made this for company. It is amazing! It is my new comfort soup recipe. ahhh. :)

  • So happy to hear that Sally! :)

  • Yummy yummy! This tasted great, perfect for this snowy day. Thanks for the recipe!