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Cauliflower Chicken Chowder in a white bowl over a blue and white napkin on a white table with fresh thyme around it
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5 from 2 votes

Cauliflower Chicken Chowder

Creamy Cauliflower Chicken Chowder is made from scratch with all low carb, keto-friendly gluten free ingredients. With only 10 net carbs per serving, it's a warm, comforting, and filling dish.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine: American, Chicken, Gluten Free, Low Carb
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 788kcal


  • 4 slices bacon * diced
  • 3 cups cauliflower * steamed, from 1 small head
  • 1 shallot * finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic * minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pound chicken * cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock * use gluten free, if necessary
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese


  • Heat a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium high and add the diced bacon.
  • Meanwhile, steam the cauliflower with 1 tablespoon of water in a microwave safe bowl covered with plastic wrap, vented on one edge for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook the bacon until just crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan, and return to medium heat.
  • Add the shallot, garlic, and thyme. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the shallot is softened.
  • Season the chicken with the salt and pepper and add to the pan.
  • Cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken stock, heavy whipping cream and cream cheese.
  • Raise the heat and bring to a boil to melt the cream cheese and thicken the chowder, stirring frequently.
  • Carefully add the cauliflower, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the cheddar cheese.
  • Divide the soup between 4 bowls and top with an equal amount of the bacon and extra fresh thyme, if desired.


Tips and Techniques for the Best Cauliflower Chicken Chowder

  • Shred cheese from a block for the best melting without any graininess from the additives in bagged, shredded cheese.
  • Use fresh thyme, if you can find it, for the best herb flavor.
  • Store leftovers in air-tight containers in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary


Serving: 1g | Calories: 788kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 1049mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1983IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 508mg | Iron: 2mg