Chicken Cilantro Chowder with Chipotle Mojo
Oasis Bar, Hilton Arlington National Landing
Chicken cilantro chowder with chipotle mojo is a hearty chicken chowder packed with creative, complex, deep flavors of cilantro and chipotle mojo.
According to Executive Chef Lucian Weavil, the flavor makes this a great dish to serve during the winter months.
“This chowder is a flavor explosion for every taste bud that just gets richer with every spoonful,” he said.
- 3 strips thick-cut bacon (optional)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 rib celery, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 medium-size white potatoes, peeled and cut into ¼-inch cubes
- 4 cups quality chicken stock or broth
- 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- 1 pound pulled shredded chicken light and dark meat (or just cubed chicken breast)
- Kosher salt to taste
- 3 cups light cream
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 large bunch cilantro chopped fine
- For the mojo:
- 1 each Chipotle pepper en adobo
- ¼ cup lime juice fresh
- ½ cup orange juice fresh
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dry
- 6 garlic cloves
- ½ piece chipotle en adobo (use the whole piece for spicier)
- Set a 4- to 6-quart pot over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bacon, leaving the fat in the pot, and crumble into small pieces; set aside.
- Add the butter, onion, corn, celery, thyme, and bay leaves to the pot. Cook, stirring often, until onions are tender and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Return the bacon to the pot and stir. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the potatoes.
- In a 2- to 3-quart pot on high heat, boil the diced potatoes in salted water until tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Turning back to the onion/bacon mixture, increase the heat to medium-low.
- Add the flour gradually, stirring continuously, until a thick paste forms. Stir and cook 5 minutes.
- Increase the heat to medium and slowly add the chicken stock, 1 cup at a time, incorporating it into the mixture before adding more.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and add the potatoes and chicken meat with its juices. Keep stirring 5 minutes, until the chicken is heated through or cooked completely if using raw chicken breast.
- Add the cream slowly; then stir in the white pepper and cilantro, simmer 5 minutes.
- Discard the bay leaves before serving. Serve hot with crunchy slices of sour dough bread and drizzle the mojo over the soup in the bowls.
- For the mojo:
- Place all ingredients except oil on blender. Turn blender on and drizzle in olive oil slowly.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Use immediately or store in air-tight container for 2-3 days.
- Shake well before using.
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