Thursday, February 11, 2016

{soups-salads-and-salad-dressings} Cajun Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe


Cajun Chicken & Rice Soup Recipe 

We enjoy this comforting, spicy soup frequently in our household. It's really good served with hot corn bread. —Lisa Hammond, Higginsville, Missouri

 Diabetic Exchange

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. 
Cook: 2 hours 
MAKES: 8 servings


1 stewing chicken (about 6 pounds)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
12 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 cups cooked rice
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained


Place chicken in a large stockpot; cover with water. Add the bay leaves, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until chicken is tender.

Remove chicken from broth; set aside to cool. Strain broth, discarding seasonings. Set aside 6 cups broth for the soup; save remaining broth for another use. Skim fat from soup broth. When cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bones; discard bones. Shred and set aside 3 cups chicken (save remaining chicken for another use).

In a large stockpot, saute onion and celery in butter until onion is crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, orange juice, cilantro, seasonings and reserved broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the rice, beans and reserved chicken; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 393 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 120 mg cholesterol, 776 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 42 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Originally published as Cajun Chicken & Rice Soup in Country Extra March 2010, p51

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