Bobby’s Lighter Corn Chowder

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By Bobby Deen

240 Fewer Calories
35mg Less Cholesterol

3 strips center-cut reduced-fat bacon, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (32-ounce) container chicken stock
2 russet potatoes, cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (16-ounce) package frozen baby gold and white corn kernels (3 cups)
1 cup fat-free milk
3 tablespoons fat-free half-and-half
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Spray a large nonstick saucepan with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned, 2 – 3 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain.

Add the onion and jalapeno to the saucepan. Cook, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour; cook 1 minute. Add the broth, potatoes, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Add the corn, milk, half-and half. Cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cheese and cilantro; sprinkle with the bacon.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Yield: 8 cups
Per Serving (1 cup): 167 Cal (15% from Fat, 23% from Protein, 62% from Carb); 10 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 27 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 5 g Sugar; 117 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 668 mg Sodium; 6 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen (Chef Jack’s Corn Chowder)
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I make a mean light Chicken Corn Chowder inspired by the Amish in Pennsylvania where I grew up. Every time I visit my Mom I have to make a big pot for her. She freezes it and eats all year. One trick is using fresh corn cut off the cob, you get more starch out of it then and you can use less cream for thickening.

By Christopher Wells on April 11, 2013


This turned out great!! I love Paula's recipes but am trying to cut back on calories. Thanks for the low-cal revisions. I did add red bell pepper and a bit of ham instead of bacon.

By Holly on December 30, 2011


Tried it with the crawfish and it was fantastic!!! I had to add more seasoning but living in Louisiana that isn't unheard of with many recipes! Thanks for the lighter versions of your mom's recipes!!!It's nice to eat something that tastes like you are eating the real thing!!!!!!!!

By Sta on January 12, 2011


I made the Corn Chowder. My Family loved it very much Elaine Stant

By elaine Stant on January 12, 2011


I am wondering how good this would be if I added some crawfish or shrimp and how much it would go up in the nutritional value!! I think I might have to try tonight and let you know!!

By Stacie Fuselier on January 12, 2011


Dear Paula & Bobby, I love all your recipes ! I don't know what's not to love about your kitchen??!! Thank you for the Bobby's Lighter Corn Chowder !!! Love it !! <3<3<3...

By Selva on January 12, 2011


I can't stand cilantro. Is it really needed for the flavor? Is there a substitute I can use?

By SweetSue on January 11, 2011


I made this corn chowder last night and it was absolutely wonderful. one of the best, healthiest chowders I've tasted.

By hoveringmom on January 11, 2011


Bobby's Lighter Corn Chowder sounds delicious, I love corn chowder but have to give the recipe a try. Always good to try new things.

By Sharon Maness on January 11, 2011


This sounds yummylicious!!!!, going to have to give it a try.

By Diana Gonzalez on January 11, 2011


Bobby's Lighter Corn Chowder sounds beautiful--can't wait to try it. I also have 2 sons, Paula--what a blessing they are! Actually our boys even look a little alike. Have a great day!

By Dianne Slama on January 10, 2011


My daughter and I travelled to Florida on December 17 and stopped in Georgia on Sunday Dec 19th and had the buffet at 11:00 am and we both really enjoyed it. Prior to the buffet we shopped at Paula's store and of course we bought lots of things to bring back to Canada. We were only wishing we could see Paula but still I was at the restaurant and store. Thanks loads. Elizabeth Doyle

By Elizabeth Doyle on January 10, 2011


I enjoy your healthy recipes. I love your Mom and you. What a wonderful family!!!. I had the pleasure of meeting you,in front of Gilligan's store june of last year. I ate at the resturant it was wonderful. That was the biggest crabcake I've ever seen. The chocolate torte w/rasberry sauce was to die for. You're a doll and so very sweet. I was watching you and your mom today what a cute story about the olives. It would be a dream come true too cook with you and your mom. I watch your mom everyday.

By Angelia "cusi " Brown on January 08, 2011


By Anonymous on January 06, 2011


Sounds good...But I bet it's not as Good as Paula's. And WHERE'S THE BUTTER!!!!!

By Jennifer Daniels on January 06, 2011


Hi Paula, This sounds delicious, but I make the "old fashioned" kind with less fat. I dice 1 or 2 potatoes and 1 onion and boil, with just enough water to cover them. When the potatoes are tender I add a packet of "Butter Buds", a can of creamed corn and 1 or 2 cans of fat free canned milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. That's and simple!! It's my comfort food..just like my grandma used to make. This serves approximately 2 people, but I usually eat most of it myself!! You're recipes are the greatest...thanks for letting me share mine!! Sincerely, Judy

By Judy Bieger on January 06, 2011


Awesome! I am going to save this and make this recipe either tonight or tomorrow! Thank you Bobby!

By Anonymous on January 06, 2011


Try this...melt 2T butter in saucepan. Add 1/4 cup shredded carrots. Stir over med heat till glossy. Add 1 bag frozen sweet corn. Add 1 bag frozen broccoli florets. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook till just tender. Add 2 cans cream of potato soup and 2 cans of milk. Remove from heat and add 1 to 2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese. Stir till cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!! Fast and easy!

By Karen Walker on January 06, 2011

Bobby’s Lighter Corn Chower…WOW what can I say. I made it today an had 2 bowls even before I offered it to my hubby who is a GREAT fan of Paula. made my day an a new try for “Corn Chowder”. I will proudly make this again an again an offer it to my most precious friends an family. It is easy, healthy and by far the best of the best receipes for Corn Chowder.Thanks again…fyi..I found this receipe in the wee hours of the morning cause I could not sleep. No wasted hours…Warmly, CarolAnn in Virgina Beach.

By CarolAnn Wheeler on November 04, 2010

Corn chowder sounds good!!

By Allison on July 14, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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