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Chicken and Bacon Chowder

 Chicken and Bacon Chowder
The original recipe for this chowder called for ground beef. One day I decided to use chicken instead. Everyone agreed they liked it even better. You're sure to enjoy it, too.
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 3 cups chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook bacon until crisp. Drain,
  • reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • Saute celery and onion in drippings until tender. Add potatoes, broth
  • and carrots; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20
  • minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in remaining
  • ingredients and heat through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 277 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 795 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein.