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Categories: Main courses, Soups

Louisiana-Style Chicken and Rice Soup

Louisiana-Style Chicken and Rice Soup
Los Angeles Times
Active work time: 20 minutes | Total preparation time: 50 minutes | Serves 6
Note: Morgan is coauthor of "Dressed to Grill: Savvy Recipes for Girls Who Play With Fire.".
  • 2 andouille or chorizo sausages, about 2/3 pound, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 4 grilled chicken thighs, skin removed, cut into 3/4-inch dice

Step 1Arrange the sausage slices in a single layer in a large stockpot. Cook the sausage over medium heat on both sides until lightly browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate. There should be about 1 tablespoon of fat left in the pan. Add enough oil to the pan so there is a total of 3 tablespoons. Swirl to coat the pan, then add the garlic and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add the green and red peppers and cook 3 minutes longer.

Step 2Add the diced tomatoes, including the juice, along with the chicken broth, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat so the soup just simmers, partially cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the rice, partially cover the pot and simmer until the rice is almost tender, 10 minutes longer. Add the sausage and chicken and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf. Ladle into warm soup bowls and serve immediately.

Each serving:
397 calories; 863 mg sodium; 87 mg cholesterol; 24 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 18 grams carbohydrates; 28 grams protein; 2.69 grams fiber.
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