Crockpot Chicken & Bacon Chowder

It's very rich, but keeps well

It’s very rich, but keeps well

So yesterday the crockpot tried to kill me.

I  switched it on and reached out to lightly touch the side to check that it was getting warm. Bam. Electric shock.

My fingers went numb and my arm tingled. It was not a pleasant experience.

yeah, she looks innocent. She's not.

yeah, she looks innocent. She’s not.

But the physical discomfort was nothing compared to the emotional pain. I haven’t felt this betrayed since I was eight and my three ‘best’ friends formed a club without me.

Why crockpot? Why? I’ve used you, loved you, sang your praises to everyone that’ll listen and this is how you repay me.

it's hard to hold a grudge when I've a belly full of warm food

it’s hard to hold a grudge when I’ve a belly full of warm food

Guess it’s true what they say: the things you love, eventually wind up killing you.

Crockpot Chicken & Bacon Chowder (serves 4-6)

*slightly adapted from Peace, Love & Low Carb

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large, white onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 8 oz bacon
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 bella mushrooms, sliced
  1. Add the butter, onion, celery, garlic, mushrooms and leek to the slow cooker. Season and pour in a cup of broth.
  2. Cook on low for an hour.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, fry the bacon in a deep frying pan until crispy then remove and set aside. Carefully add the chicken breasts to the pan and sear on all sides until brown. Remove from pan (they’ll still be pink in the middle – that’s fine).
  4. Scrape up the bacon and chicken bits from the pan along with the fat and pour into the slow cooker. Chop the bacon and chicken and add them too.
  5. Add the cheese and stir until it’s all broken down then pour in the cream and final cup of broth.
  6. Stir then let cook on low for 6 hours.

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7 thoughts on “Crockpot Chicken & Bacon Chowder

  1. How awful that your crockpot tried to kill you! What a betrayal! This recipe sounds delicious, but I’ve always heard not to cook dairy products for long periods of time in the slow cooker as it can get curdled and lumpy. When I’ve done creamy soups in my crockpot, I usually add the dairy in the last hour or two of cooking. You didn’t have any curdling issues with cooking the cream and the cream cheese for that long?

    • Hi Alice. I had the exact same thought when I came across this recipe but decided to jump in and trust it. Thankfully there were no issues with curdling – I’m guessing because it was heavy cream (which is sturdier than milk or half and half) and also because it was on a low setting which never really gets to bubbling.

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