Chicken and Rice Soup

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 45 min
YIELD: 8 to 10 servings
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ingredients

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
  • 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
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      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.

      Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

      Yield: 2/3 cup

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