Inspired by local bounty, this chowder is rich with chicken and earthy carrots, rutabagas, and turnips, all bathed in a creamy stock and sprinkled with dill.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place chicken, breast side down, in a large pot. Add enough water to just cover chicken. Add whole 1/2 onion, carrot halves, parsley, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, partially covered. Reduce heat, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Remove chicken, and let cool. Strain broth through a fine sieve lined with cheesecloth into another pot, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes to reduce and intensify flavor. Shred chicken into bite-size pieces, discarding bones and skin.

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  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and diced carrot, and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in reserved chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Add turnip, rutabaga or parsnip, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt. Reduce heat, and simmer until root vegetables are tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Stir in reserved chicken and the cream, and heat until warmed through, about 1 minute. Season with salt, and garnish with dill. Serve immediately with crackers on the side.

Reviews (4)

59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2019
My whole family loves this soup! I added a little lemon juice before adding the chicken and cream. I also used both parsnip and turnip because why the heck not. I wish it wasn't so time consuming but it is totally worth it.
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2017
Best chowder ever! You can make it as thick as you like.
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2012
We love this soup! It is very sweet and chicken-y--so good. You may want to double the recipe.
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Rating: Unrated
03/05/2011
This soup was absolutely delicious and often requested by my boyfriend even though I have yet to make it a second time as it is a little time consuming. We made a day in October of going to the pumpkin patch out at a local mountain farm and picking up the fresh veggies needed for this soup and a farm-raised chicken. The perfect combination of comfort food and tasty flavors, I can't wait to make it again!