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Cajun Chicken & Rice Soup

We enjoy this comforting, spicy soup frequently in our household. It's really good served with hot corn bread. —Lisa Hammond, Higginsville, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 245 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 709mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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  • VictoriaElaine
    Apr 30, 2015

    I have made this several times & the only thing I change is I cut back the garlic to 6 cloves. I made it with 12 cloves the first time & we thought the garlic overpowered the other flavors. Otherwise,, very tasty soup with a kick to it.

  • chsteachermom
    Nov 30, 2014

    Made this today with the leftover turkey we had. Turned out GREAT! Just the right amount of spice!

  • ksandjs1
    May 12, 2014


  • gnats1222
    Jan 19, 2014

    My husband and I absolutely love soup, and this is one of our favorites! I love how it has rice and beans -- very comforting and delicious!

  • drj06
    Jan 12, 2014

    IT is simply awesome. I made it for my dinner club friends last night and we LOVED it. Just the right amount of heat and lots of flavor.

  • AZHobbyFarm
    Dec 11, 2013

    What a fantastic recipe! Kids definitely approved. I used fresh tomatoes and canned green chilies...improvised on the Cajun seasoning. But, what a great fresh-tasting soup! Leftovers are already in the freezer for another day. Next time, though, I will wait to put the cilantro in add the "fresh" cilantro taste. Yum!

  • danajacobs7
    Oct 8, 2012

    This is our all time favorite soup....all year!

  • mother of 3
    Jan 9, 2012

    Oops - I forgot to add the orange juice, skipped the cajun seasoning & rice, used canned navy beans, and browned boneless chicken breast. Used boxed chicken stock and the prep was 1 hour. Used a crockpot for cooking, 4 hours on high. Smelled so good when I came home from visiting our grandkids.

  • heatd1976
    Oct 24, 2011

    I made this the other night and it was a HUGE hit! I was hoping to have some leftovers but the pot was completely devoured. I cheated a little and used canned chicken broth since I was short on time, but it still turned out amazing. This is going to be put on our list of regular recipes to make. Served with some homemade cornbread, this soup is so good it makes you want to cry!

  • pcratty
    Oct 19, 2011

    Kudo's to Lisa Hammond for sharing this recipe. I'm a soup fanatic and LOVE this recipe. It will be a family favorite for years to come. Keep sharing Lisa!