Creamy & Comforting Chicken Corn Soup Recipe

This chicken and corn soup recipe has all the comforting flavors of childhood, with a creamy broth, savory chicken, smoky bacon, and sweet, earthy corn.

Updated January 4, 2024
Chicken corn soup

There's something about chicken corn soup that takes you down memory lane. Whether it's the creamy broth or the spoonfuls of chicken and veggies, one thing is certain — it brings a comforting and cozy feeling with each bite. If you're in the mood for a nostalgic soup, we have an easy recipe you can whip up on rainy days (or any day).  

Chicken Corn Soup Recipe

If you're short on prep time, use a slow cooker to make this recipe. Add all your ingredients into your slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. This recipe makes 8 servings. 

Ingredients

  • 3 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped
  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups sweet corn, fresh or canned (if canned, drained)
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot on medium-high.
  2. Add the bacon and cook until it is browned. 
  3. Remove the bacon from the fat with a slotted spoon and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. In the hot bacon fat in the pot, cook the chicken pieces until they are browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the fat with tongs and set it aside on the platter with the bacon.
  5. In the oil that remains, cook the onions, carrots, and fennel, stirring until the vegetables soften. 
  6. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until it is fragrant. 
  7. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  8. Add the corn, chicken broth, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Use the side of the spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  9. Bring to a boil and reduce the temperature to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Return the chicken to the pot. Stir in the heavy cream and simmer for 1 minute. 
  11. Serve garnished with the bacon bits.
Quick Tip

Turn this recipe into a tasty chicken noodle soup by adding 1½ boiled macaroni or egg noodles. 

Go Down Memory Lane With a Bowl of Chicken Corn Soup

Whether you're making this soup on a cold rainy day or looking for a hearty lunch to serve, a bowl of creamy chicken corn soup is one way to put a smile on everyone's faces. As the savory aroma fills your kitchen, take a trip down memory lane and revisit the heartwarming flavors and memories sparked by this delicious soup.

Creamy & Comforting Chicken Corn Soup Recipe