I made this exactly as posted, and was rewarded with a very flavorful soup (and a lot of it, too)! It does take a bit of time so, I agree with Sydney Mike, that you can quicken this up by using precooked chicken and chicken stock. This is a great soup for a brisk day! Thanks for sharing. Made for Fall PAC 2011.
Made this to share with a neighbor couple for whom I often cook & it was a big hit, very much a comfort food that we all enjoyed! Another time, however, I'll use the chunks of frozen chicken breast that I usually have around, along with some homemade chicken stock! I particularly liked the black bean & rice combo! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in this fall's round of Pick A Chef]