Disney Recipe: Corn Chowder Soup from Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort

One of the best things about summer has to be enjoying fresh corn on the cob, straight from the farmer’s market! And one of our favorite recipes to make with that fresh corn is the Corn Chowder Soup from the Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.

Storyteller's Cafe Corn Chowder -- as served in the restaurant

Storyteller’s Cafe Corn Chowder — as served in the restaurant

This is no ordinary corn chowder – it’s filled with fresh corn, potatoes, and chicken. And, to make it even more delicious, it’s topped with crumbled bacon!

This dish really is a must-try at Storytellers Cafe and now you can make it at home any time you want.

Making this soup will take some time, but it’s perfect for a rainy day!

Storytellers Cafe Corn Chowder Soup

Storyteller’s Cafe – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa


4 ears fresh corn, unshucked
4 slices bacon, divided
1 tablespoon diced onion
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
4 cups chicken stock
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup pulled chicken meat
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. To roast the corn, put whole ears in their husks into preheated oven for 25 minutes. Cool briefly, then peel back the husks and cut kernels off the cobs. Set aside.
3. Dice 2 slices of bacon; saute. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat and add onion and garlic to the pan and saute until transparent but not brown. Add the roasted corn, potato, and chicken stock. Bring to a simmer.
4. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a separate saute pan. Add flour, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until mixture begins to loosen slightly. Let cool.
5. Add the cooled butter/flour mixture to the simmering broth, mixing with a whisk. Stir often to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Simmer 30 to 40 minutes.
6. Add the cream and pulled chicken meat and simmer for another 10 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, cook the remaining bacon until crisp. Drain and chop bacon into small pieces; set aside.
8. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Ladle into bowls and top with garnish of bacon and cilantro.

Serves 4 to 6.

Disney Recipe: Corn Chowder Soup from Storytellers Cafe at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort

Will you be cooking up this delicious corn chowder soup? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Aubrey says

    I have only had the pleasure to eat at Storytellers Cafe for breakfast, but this recipe sounds amazing! I will have to try it and then make a trip out to Disneyland to try the real thing! Thank you for posting!

  2. Jennier says

    My husband and I had the pleasure of eating several dinners at the Storyteller’s Cafe last month. From the first taste we were “hooked” on this corn chowder! It’s delicious and the time I made it myself it turned out great as well. Best chowder ever!!

  3. M says

    Thank you for posting this! We just have returned from Disneyland and outlast dinner was at Storyteller Cafe where we had this chowder! On the way back I began looking at corn chowder receipts and am so happy to see it! Making it this week for sure!

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