In this healthy broccoli-Cheddar-chicken chowder recipe, heavy cream is replaced with milk and flour-thickened chicken broth and we keep sodium amounts reasonable with lower-sodium broth. By making your own homemade creamy broccoli, Cheddar and chicken chowder, you'll save up to 300 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 500 milligrams of sodium per serving compared to many store-bought or restaurant chowders.

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook




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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown, 3 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle flour, dry mustard, salt and pepper over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Add broth and milk; bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly.

  • Stir in broccoli and potatoes and bring just to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Add chicken and 1 cup Cheddar and cook, stirring frequently, until cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve topped with a little more Cheddar and red onion, if desired.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days, slowly reheat over medium-low or microwave on Medium power.

Nutrition Facts

368 calories; protein 27.5g; carbohydrates 25.2g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 4.8g; fat 17.8g; saturated fat 6.2g; cholesterol 64.5mg; vitamin a iu 1456.1IU; vitamin c 40.2mg; folate 85.3mcg; calcium 230.8mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 52.6mg; potassium 747.9mg; sodium 354.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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Rating: 3 stars
Quick Easy and Creamy Great soup for a cold fall or winter night. Really easy to make. I was a little worried that it was too thick to simmer for 15 minutes but it turned out great you just have to stir it occasionally. I added my chicken in with the broccoli and potatoes because I didn't think it would cook in short amount of time the recipe allowed for it. Probably could have used a little bit more flavor maybe some garlic or cayenne. But it's still fine as is. Pros: creamy filling easy Read More
Rating: 1 stars
YUCK. This was awful. The recipe calls for WAY too much flour but even as I was thinking Wow! That's way too much flour! I measured it out and added it anyway. Flour is all I could taste--no cheese no chicken no broccoli flavors at all. This is what happens when you don't thicken a soup with roux; you end up with a pot of kindergarten paste. Maybe you'll save calories but what's the point if it doesn't even taste like food? Pass on this one--there are MUCH better chowder recipes around. Pros: None. Cons: Tasted mostly like flour paste. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Would definitely make again. I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt and 2 cloves of minced garlic. I also added 1 additional cup of chicken broth to thin it before serving. It was a hit with my family! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy perfect winter night dinner. A make again soup. Pros: Easy ultimate comfort food nothing over cooked. Very thick and creamy. Cons: Might consider less flour next time Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Would never make this as is but swap back out the flour and milk with heavy cream and eliminate the potatoes and it's a delicious keto soup. Read More