Bacon Beer Cheese Soup with Chicken

serves 6-8 

6 slices thick cut bacon

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast

¼ cup butter

¼ cup flour

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons ground chile de arbol (or cayenne pepper; to taste)

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup beer, Belgian style wheat beer

1 cup chicken broth

2 cups half and half

8 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded

2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

chives

croutons

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