Recipe

Creole Chicken, Red Beans And Rice Soup

  • Yield: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 whole chicken, (about 4 pounds) cut into 8 pieces and skin removed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 pound dried red beans, rinsed, picked over, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 gallon chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions (green tops only)
  • CREOLE SEASONING:
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Directions

  • In a large heavy stockpot, heat the oil. Season the chicken with Creole seasoning. When the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pot and sear on each side until light brown, about 3 minutes per side. Add the onions, celery and carrots to the pot and season to taste with Creole Seasoning. Sauté the vegetables until they are soft, about for 3 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves, cayenne and red beans and sauté for 1 minute. Add the stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook uncovered until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon, carefully remove the chicken pieces from the pot and separate the meat from the bones with two forks, or a knife and fork. Discard the bones and return the meat to the pot, stirring to incorporate the meat into the soup.
  • Add the rice to the pot and cook until tender, about 15 - 20 minutes. Re-season the soup as needed and ladle into soup bowls, garnishing each serving with green onions. Serve with hot French bread.
  • CREOLE SEASONING: In a small bowl combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.
  • Yield: about 2/3 cup