Quarantine Cooking: One-Pot Creamy Chicken Chowder

Source: HomeChef.com

I mentioned back at the beginning of this quarantine that I was planning to order a some Home Chef meals each week to get us through. We’ve been using the service for the last couple years (Previous posts: Reviewing Home Chef and Home Chef: 1 Year Check In) and I figured it was a great way to have some more exciting dinners when I’m stuck at home cooking for week after week.

Anyways, I was thinking that maybe some of you were getting bored with your dinners too. So, I thought I’d share one of our favorite dishes from the past couple weeks: One-Pot Creamy Chicken Chowder. Our subscription is set to serve 2 with each meal (I usually stretch it to three for Jack by adding extra sides). I’d recommend doubling or tripling this recipe for a family or to have some leftovers — that’s what we will be doing next time I make it!

One-Pot Creamy Chicken Chowder

Ingredients to serve 2 people:

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 3 oz corn kernels
  • 1 lime
  • 12 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 Tbsp chile and cumin rub
  • 4 oz light cream
  • 2 tsp chicken base
  • 1 oz shredded oaxacan cheese
  • ½ oz tortilla strips (optional, we left them out)

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients.

Halve, peel and dice the onion into 1/4″ pieces. Stem poblano pepper, seed and cut into 1/2″ dice. Quarter lime. Dice chicken, pat it dry and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2: Sear the Chicken.

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tsp olive oil. Add chicken and stir until browned, about 4 – 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 3: Make the Chowder.

Return pot to medium heat and add 2 tsp olive oil. Add onion and poblano and stir until slightly softened, about 3 – 5 minutes. Stir in corn and seasoning rub until combined.

Add chicken and any accumulated juices, ½ cup water, cream and chicken base to pot. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, stir occasionally until slightly thickened and chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 5-7 minutes. Season with a pinch of pepper.

Step 4: Finish the dish.

Serve chowder into bowls and garnish with cheese and tortilla strips. Squeeze a lime wedge over the top. Enjoy!

I made this for Travis and myself last week and we loved it. We did skip the tortilla chips, because we both don’t like the random pokey bits of tortillas trying to stab you when you eat your soup. Next time I make this, I’ll also throw in some easy biscuits so we have something to dip into the chowder broth!

Give $35, Get $35 Referral Code
If you would like to try Home Chef, you are welcome to use my special referral code: https://www.homechef.com/invite/gbd4Ves20o5rY Those who sign up using the referral invitation will receive a $35 discount off of their first order and I will earn $35 in Home Chef credit towards a future order.

If you do decide to try Home Chef, please let me know what you think! A little tip though, when you sign up for your first delivery go in and immediately “pause” your second delivery date. That way you can try out a box and decide whether you want to keep the subscription before having to pay for a second box. Then, if you don’t like it just hit “cancel” and you won’t get any more boxes or be charged more than your initial payment.

Disclosure: This post was not sponsored. I pay for my Home Chef subscription with my own money. If you choose to use my special referral promo code, I will receive a credit towards my future Home Chef orders. For anyone who does decide to use the code… my tummy thanks you!

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Quarantine Baking: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Like everyone else, I’ve found myself drawn to baking comfort food while we are stuck at home with the coronavirus quarantine. Since we’ve been at home we have made brownies, cookie topped brownies, a birthday cake for my husband, the internet famous 5 ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip cookies… and banana chocolate chip muffins.

We had a few overripe bananas, so I put out a call for recipes on my Instagram Stories. I mostly did this for Travis, because I don’t even like banana bread but he does. My bonus sister, Jaclyn, came through with a banana chocolate chip muffin recipe, so I decided to give it a try.

Ingredients to make 12 muffins:

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 – 4 ripe bananas (I used 4)
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream (I didn’t have any, so I used Greek yogurt)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 handful chocolate chips

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 355 degrees and use some oil on a paper towel to wipe around in your muffin pan so they don’t stick.

Step 2: Then, in a small bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder.

Step 3: In a large bowl, combine sugar and eggs until creamy (I did this by hand and didn’t bother getting out my mixer). With a fork, mash the bananas. Add the mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, oil and vanilla to the egg mixture. Mix until combined. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and combine.

Step 3 1/2: Here is where I went off-script. Travis didn’t want chocolate chips in his muffins, but I obviously did. So, I poured half the recipe into the muffin pan, then I threw in a handful of chocolate chips and mixed them into the remaining mixture. When I added the extra-special-good mixture into the muffin pan, I also threw a few chocolate chips on top of each so I could tell which one was which.

Step 4: Bake in a preheated oven at 355°F for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

And… they are DELICIOUS!

Oh my gosh, I don’t even LIKE banana bread, but these banana chocolate chip muffins are so incredibly moist and chocolaty and yummy. In fact, I bought some extra bananas last week so that I can let them get overripe just to give me an excuse to make these muffins again!

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Home Chef: 1 Year Check-In

I did my initial full review of Home Chef about a year ago. If you need a refresher, you can find it here: Reviewing Home Chef.

Home Chef wasn’t my first try at meal service deliveries though, as I had previously tried Blue Apron and Hello Fresh too. So, I thought I’d do a quick one-year check-in and let you all know if we are still loving it.

Short answer: YES. We still love Home Chef and are sticking with it.

Each week, I have 21 meals to choose from. TWENTY-ONE options! There are tons of meals every week: poultry-based, seafood-based, meat-based, or just veggie-based. We typically stick with a 2-person serving size, but if I know it’s something Jack will also love I’ll bump it up to 4-servings and have leftovers. However, many times the 2-serving portion totally stretches enough to include our 2nd grader too (so keep that in mind if there are smaller kids in the house).

Let’s take a look at one of my upcoming orders:

Here are the three meals I picked to be delivered on December 17th:

  • Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mahi-Mahi with charred baby box choy and pineapple rice
  • Roasted Red Pepper Steak Linguine with spinach and Parmesan
  • Shrimp Bruschetta Risotto with Asiago and grape tomatoes

Our total for this week is $63.70 for the three meals.

And here are alllll the other options I had for that same week:

Pretty impressive, right?! I could have added meals, protein packs of meat, salads for lunch, or even a smoothie!

We’ve been using Home Chef for over a year now and I will typically get 1 – 2 orders delivered each month. I love the variety in the options and that we get to try lots of different dishes in the comfort of our own home. I also make sure to keep an eye out for their “Home Chef Express” options which take 10 – 15 minutes to make when I know I have a busy week coming up.

Give $30, Get $30 Referral Code
If you would like to try Home Chef, you are welcome to use my special referral code: https://www.homechef.com/invite/gbd4Ves20o5rY Those who sign up using the referral invitation will receive a $30 discount off of their first order and I will earn $30 in Home Chef credit towards a future order.

If you do decide to try Home Chef, please let me know what you think! A little tip though, when you sign up for your first delivery go in and immediately “pause” your second delivery date. That way you can try out a box and decide whether you want to keep the subscription before having to pay for a second box. Then, if you don’t like it just hit “cancel” and you won’t get any more boxes or be charged more than your initial payment.

{Disclosure: This was not a sponsored review. I paid for my Home Chef subscription with my own money. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. If you choose to use my special referral promo code, I will receive a credit towards my future Home Chef orders. For anyone who does decide to use the code… my tummy thanks you!}

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