Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chai's Corn Chowder

Ugh...a bit of bad news...the male half of this couple's gums are infected.  The junk thing is we went in last week and told the dentist we thought it was infected and he said it wasn't.  Less than a week later, the dentist says it's infected which means the male half of this couple will need to have his healing gums cut open again this week!  Poor guy.  This will most likely mean soup and smoothies for the entire weekend (at least).

This recipe is NOT a Dukan recipe, it's a comfort food recipe - decided to share it in case you need some comfort food and because it was sooo easy.  You can make it less fatty by replacing the heavy whipping cream with non-fat half and half and cornstarch and not using corn, maybe use green beans or even clam.  You can also have this as a celebration meal!

Right after the first gum surgery a few weeks ago, the male half of this couple requested Corn Chowder, one of his favorite soups.  The female half never made corn chowder.  After a quick google search we came across Chai's Corn Chowder recipe.  We've had his corn chowder at his restaurant and it's always been yummy.   Chai is a popular chef in Hawaii with two restaurants, one Thai restaurant and one Thai Fusion restaurant.  Both are pricey, but the food is always good...we usually only go on BOGO nights.

The female half warned the male half that corn chowder in Hawaii is almost always a thin soup, not thick like New England Clam Chowder.  After taking a few sips of the corn chowder, the person who never gets excited about food said "this is really good, keep this recipe close by".  The female half almost fainted hee hee.

We forgot to take a photo of our chowder, but since the male half will have his gums cut open again, we will probably have corn chowder this weekend!  NOTE:  We used canned corn for ours and sauteed them in a pan since corn on the cob wasn't on sale and it is pretty expensive when not on sale.

The female half had a few spoonfuls to taste the chowder, the male half made two meals out of the rest.

Serves 2-4, depends if you're having this as a side or your meal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-20 minutes, it wasn't long

1 can corn (or 2 sweet corn on the cob)
1 can creamy style corn
1 T. celery, chopped
1 T. green onions, chopped
1/2 c. chopped chicken (we used the rotisserie chicken from Costo)
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. heavy whipping cream
pinch of salt, pepper and natural sweetener to taste

Chai adds 1 whole egg beaten to thicken the soup, but the male half liked it without the egg.  He also does the puff pastry thing, but we didn't do that.

Grill corn.   If using corn on the cob, remove corn from cob after grilling.  In a pot, saute celery and green onions over medium heat using a little bit of non-stick spray.  Saute for a minute.  Then add chicken.  If you're using raw chicken, cook until chicken is done.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add creamy corn and bring to a boil.  Add cream, salt, pepper and natural sweetener.  Simmer a couple minutes.  If you are adding the egg to thicken the soup, add this now.

Enjoy...we sure did!

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