1lbboneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded (3 cups)
8slicesbacon, cooked and crumbled*
1/4cupbutter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces
1large red bell pepper, diced (1 1/2 cups)
1medium yellow onion, diced (1 1/4 cups)
1 - 2jalapenos, seeded for less heat if desired, finely chopped
6cupslow-sodium chicken broth
3medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced slightly less than 1/2-inch thick (3 cups)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 1/2cupsfresh or frozen corn
1 1/2cupshalf and half
Green onions and seeded, finely chopped jalapenos (optional), for serving
In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add red bell pepper, onions, jalapenos and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer. Stir in flour, and cook 2 minutes stirring constantly. While stirring, slowly add in chicken broth and whisk until well blended.
Add potatoes, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil stirring frequently, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or just until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
Add in cooked chicken, corn and half and half and simmer, uncovered 10 - 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Serve warm topped bacon, green onions, and optional jalapeno peppers.