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Old 01-22-2014, 02:30 PM   #1
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Chicken Bacon Crockpot Chowder

From Peace Love and Low Carb - Very good, though next time I will leave out the Thyme. Also I cooked the chicken in the bacon fat rather than using the extra 2 tbs of butter

4 Cloves Garlic – Minced
1 Shallot – Finely Chopped
1 Leek – Cleaned, Trimmed, and Sliced
2 Ribs Celery – Diced
6 oz. Cremini Mushrooms – Sliced
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Thinly Sliced
4 Tbs. Butter – Divided
2 Cups Chicken Stock – Divided
1 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 lb. Bacon – Cooked Crisp, and Crumbled
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Thyme


To slow cooker, add garlic, shallot, leek, celery, mushrooms, onions, 2 Tbs. butter, 1 cup chicken stock, and salt and pepper. Cover, and cook vegetables on low for 1 hour.

Complete this next step while the vegetables are cooking – In a large skillet over medium-high heat, pan-sear the chicken breasts in the remaining 2 Tbs. butter until they are browned on both sides. – About 5 minutes each side. (Chicken will not be fully cooked during this stage.)

Remove chicken from pan and set aside. De-glaze the pan with the remaining 1 cup of chicken stock. Using a rubber spatula, scrape up any bits of chicken that may be stuck to the pan. Add chicken stock to slow cooker.

Add heavy cream, cream cheese, garlic powder, and thyme to slow cooker. Stir until well combined and there are no longer any visible chunks of cream cheese.

O nce chicken has cooled, cut into cubes and add to slow cooker, along with bacon. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. Cover and let cook for 6-8 hours.


Makes 16 Servings:
1 Serving: 1 cup
Calories: 236
Carbs: 2.5 net grams

Fat: 13 g

Protein: 16 g
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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This sounds fabulous. I will be making this very soon. Thank you.

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Old 01-22-2014, 06:08 PM   #3
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Just my kind of recipe. Hope to try it this weekend.
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Oh, this looks awesome - I'd probably skip the celery, but this looks like great winter comfort food.
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going to make this on the stove today or tomorrow ! Thanks !!
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:36 PM   #6
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THYME CAN BE OVERPOWERING

Suggestion for those who want to make this great recipe. I'm making it now and will post my final feedback tonight. This is a great recipe and will become part of my regular recipe list....but....

Be careful with the THYME - 1 teaspoon was overpowering for me.

I picked out what I could, added a tiny spoon of sugar and quick shake of ground cloves and am considering adding a potato and just pick around it when eating it.

This is a great recipe, from what I've tasted so far, but I'd use less than 1/4 teaspoon thyme next time, if at all.

It's an expensive recipe with all of the ingredients, so I wanted to warn others. Go easy on the thyme.
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Suggestion for those who want to make this great recipe. I'm making it now and will post my final feedback tonight. This is a great recipe and will become part of my regular recipe list....but....

Be careful with the THYME - 1 teaspoon was overpowering for me.

I picked out what I could, added a tiny spoon of sugar and quick shake of ground cloves and am considering adding a potato and just pick around it when eating it.

This is a great recipe, from what I've tasted so far, but I'd use less than 1/4 teaspoon thyme next time, if at all.

It's an expensive recipe with all of the ingredients, so I wanted to warn others. Go easy on the thyme.
That's what I said in the original post, way too much. I will leave it out next time... I don't think it needs it at all
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Mmmm, I think I might try this with the chipotle cream cheese I got at Grocery Outlet yesterday! I love anything with chipotle and bacon.
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Snowy in NY (as usual this winter) and I've been working on this soup much of the afternoon and really like it.

This is definitely my favorite new recipe of the month so far!

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That's what I said in the original post, way too much. I will leave it out next time... I don't think it needs it at all
You are so right - I missed that in your original post. I had gone out and bought new bulk thyme at the local co-op which was very strong so that might also be why it's overwhelming. For me, it almost ruined it. I've been fiddling and tweaking with it this afternoon to hide the thyme - I think I fixed it with green chile salsa and another couple of cups of broth and another few hours of simmering (and some skimming off the top).

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Mmmm, I think I might try this with the chipotle cream cheese I got at Grocery Outlet yesterday! I love anything with chipotle and bacon.
OMG, now that's an idea. I'll have to wait another week. Now I can imagine several variations that would be good enough to inhale.
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sbarr glad you got it fixed. It sounds amazing and I will make this next !
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sbarr - glad it worked out - I dunno why I put the thyme in the first place cause I really don't like it in general
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I just made this this evening. Too bad it takes so long in the slow cooker. IM HUNGRY NOOOOWWWWW! Smells nice in my house and I can't stand it any longer. I did put a teaspoon of fresh thyme in there. I thought it was a bit odd of a spice to add. I can see it as being added to just chicken but I never knew it went well with bacon.
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