Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

Close-up Chicken Corn Showder with chives in white bowl

This is a recipe that Sam and I have been doctoring and tweaking for years. It’s a cheese spicy soup that’s prefect for those nights you want something warm and spicy.

Believe it or not, it actually gets cold in Mississippi. Once temperatures dip below 60°, people start pulling out their super thick winter coats and women pull out their ugly ugg boots. You would swear everyone around here is preparing to climb Mt. Everest. Even though I don’t share the low tolerance of Mississippian’s cold weather, I do love a nice bowl of hot soup on a cool or chilly day. Especially while watching college football.


This recipe is super easy and super tasty. It features chicken, corn, and cheese. How can it get any better than that. We have experimented with a variety of cheeses, but our favorite cheeses are what we have listed in the recipe. Also, feel free to omit the cayenne if you don’t want it spicy. Add more if you want it hotter. I typically make the recipe as is and then sprinkle in my cayenne in my own bowl. My wife doesn’t like a super spicy recipe. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the recipe and be sure to give it a go this fall.


Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder

Hearty, warm, and satisfying Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder is loaded with cheese and flavor. Sure to please the whole family.

  • Author: Samantha Unz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 medium size yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans diced potatoes, drained
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 oz Monterrey jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a medium sized pot (or 5-6 quart dutch oven) over medium heat.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil and saute the onions until just starting to turn translucent.
  3. Add the chicken and cook until starting to turn brown, then add the cumin.
  4. Add 2 to 4 cups of the chicken broth, making sure chicken is covered and cook until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Add the cream style corn, the whole kernel corn, and the potatoes
  6. Simmer until all ingredients are heated through.
  7. Add the heavy cream and bring to a bare simmer.
  8. Add the cheeses a small handful at a time and incorporate each handful before adding more.
  9. Add the cayenne if desired and taste for salt.


Feel free to use precooked chicken from another recipe for this. It’ll make it even faster.
You can of course use raw potatoes for this. Just add them when you add the chicken broth and simmer until they are cooked before adding the corn. You may need to add more chicken broth.


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 501
  • Sugar: 3.94 g
  • Sodium: 935 mg
  • Fat: 22.19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.93 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.06g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.31 g
  • Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 41.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg

Nutrition provided for informational purposes only, if nutrition is specific to your diet we recommend checking with the nutrition calculator of your choice.


Other cold weather dishes to try:

Minestrone Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken and Dumplings

Red Beans and Rice

Beef and Noodles



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