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Slow Cooker Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder

This Slow Cooker Cheddar and Ale Chicken Chowder is so simple to make. The addition of the ale adds such a depth of flavour with the cheese and the chicken…so so good!

It’s soup week here on my blog!  Yes a full week of delicious soup recipes!

I can’t wait to share with you all the different soups that we have been enjoying after the last while!  (You might have gotten a sneak peak of them already on my Instagram feed.)  The soups that I will be sharing are all simple to make and bursting with flavour!  And to think I had myself convinced that I didn’t like soup…say wha?!  I don’t know what I was thinking and missing out on for that matter, but I have learned that I do indeed love soup…they’re hearty and comforting and so delicious!  There really is nothing like a hot bowl of soup with crusty bread on a cold day is there?

This first soup that I am serving up to you today is a Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder that you can make in the crockpot!  Yes.  My crock pot is my best friend this time of year.  I love that I can put all the ingredients in one dish, turn it on and have dinner ready to go.  It’s really such a relief after a busy day to know what we’re having for dinner…no last minute rushing around and stressing about what to serve.  The best!

Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder {A Pretty Life}

Anyway, this Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder is so simple to make…just a few minutes of prep, then all you have to do is sit back and wait for dinner.  And what a dinner it is…we enjoyed this soup SO much!  The addition of the ale to this soup totally makes this recipe.  I really love recipes that have beer or wine in the ingredients, because they add so much flavour to dishes, especially soups.  In this chowder, the ale adds such a depth of flavour with the cheese and the chicken…so so good!  This soup is hearty as a meal in itself, but it would be extra delicious served with a Chicken Caesar Salad!


Slow Cooker / Crockpot Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder

This Slow Cooker Cheddar and Ale Chicken Chowder is so simple to make. The addition of the ale adds such a depth of flavour with the cheese and the so good!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jo-Anna Rooney


  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 carrots minced
  • 2 celery stalks minced
  • 1 large onion minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 - 341 mL bottle of ale I used Rickard's Red Irish-style Red Ale
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups half & half cream
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a skillet on medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of oil and cook the carrots, celery, onions and garlic until soft.
  • Stir in the flour, salt & pepper, dry mustard and bay leaves and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the beer.
  • Transfer this mixture to a crock pot and add the chicken breasts and chicken broth.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Once time is up, remove the chicken breasts and shred the meat.
  • Then return the shredded chicken to the crock pot.
  • Stir in the cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes longer, stirring a couple of time until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy immensely!
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Recipe adapted from Epicurious

SO delicious!  I really hope you try this soup…it is amazing!

Slow Cooker Cheddar & Ale Chicken Chowder {A Pretty Life}

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Have a delicious day!
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  • Reply
    Virginia Fynes
    October 15, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    That chowder looks so yummy, perfect for this chilly weather were moving into!

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      [email protected]
      October 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Thanks V! It’s so cold here right now which is perfect soup weather!

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    October 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I can never have too many soup recipes. The weather will be cold and windy before I know it.

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      [email protected]
      October 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      So true! I hope you enjoy this recipe on a cold wintery day!

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    March 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    I’m really excited to try this recipe, but I don’t have any pale ale, would a pilsner work with recipe too??

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      March 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM

      Hi Tunisia! I’m sorry I missed your question…I hope you enjoyed this recipe though!

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