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Southern Chicken Rice Soup

 Southern Chicken Rice Soup
Meet the Cook: A favorite at soup night at our church, this recipe's one my husband concocted after he retired. (We have four children plus two grandchildren and another on the way.) I frequently find it on the table when I get home from work. -Rosalie Biar, Thorndale, Texas
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3 pounds)
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh or frozen okra
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning


  • Place chicken, water and salt in a soup kettle or Dutch oven. Slowly
  • bring to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45-60
  • minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken and set side until cool enough to handle. Remove meat
  • from bones and discard bones and skin. Cut chicken into bite-size
  • pieces. Skim fat from broth. Add the rice, vegetables and
  • seasonings. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  • Add the chicken. Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are

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Directions (continued)

  • tender. Yield: 10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 204 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 53 mg cholesterol, 815 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.