Chicken and Rice Soup

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken (3 pounds) boned, skinned, and visible fat removed, diced, (save the bones and carcass)
  • Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 cups assorted chopped fresh vegetables, such has beans, zucchini, yellow squash, or cabbage, small dice
  • 1 1/2 cups torn spinach leaves, cleaned and stemmed
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • 1/4 pound long grain white rice, uncooked
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions

In a large sauce pot, heat the olive oil. Season the chicken with Essence. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, bones and carcass and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the meat and bones are brown. Remove the bones and carcass. Add the onions, celery, carrots, green onions, garlic, parsley, basil, and bay leaves. Season with Essence. Saute the vegetables for 4 minutes. Add the chopped vegetables, spinach, and crushed red pepper and saute for 1 minute. Add the stock and rice, bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Reseason if necessary. Serve hot.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup


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Absolutely delicious. I cheated and used a rotisserie chicken but I followed the recipe instructions to a T and adjusting ingredients for what I had in the pantry. Used some left-over herb (thyme, sage, and rosemary) butter I had from the holidays to sub for the basil and green onion and half of the olive oil (I don't think basil or green onion would go very well with the soup flavors). Used kale instead of the spinach or assorted veggies, and one veggie bullion cube and 1 chicken bullion cube instead of the stock. Didn't have Emeril's seasoning so used Tony Chachere's creole seasoning plus a dash of hot smoked paprika. Used brown instead of white rice (healthier and holds up better). There's definitely room to play with this recipe but it's a solid one! Put a small portion in a bag the freezer to test if it freezes well, if so, I will be making this all the time. So yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best chicken soup I ever had. I made my own Essence leaving out the salt. I added kidney beans and peas along with the squash and spinach. Absolutely love the flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had left over turkey that I vacuum sealed and wanted to use it in something so I tried this recipes...It was awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very delicious..just gave it to my Aunt and husband who have terrible colds!!! They love it too!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic soup! Prepare to put a little time in, but well worth it. I will make this again, by request :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was Awesome. So much flavor! Well worth the little added effort.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lots of great flavor and heat! Worth the effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a soup full of delicious flavor! I used diced chicken breasts. I added zucchini and yellow squash for the veggies. I left out the spinach. Since I was serving it to children as well, I used 1/2 the paprika, 1/2 the black pepper and didn't add crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper. Such a versatile recipe that you can make by adding more or less of the veggies depending on what your taste is. Definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great soup! Especially if you like it hot! I used a frozen vegetable mix instead of the fresh vegetables in the recipe, just added them at the end when I put the rice & stock in. Fantastic! Makes those winter sinus problems clear right up! Love it item not reviewed by moderator and published

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