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    Zesty Chicken Soup with Tomatoes and Rice

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    1 hr 15 mins

    15 mins

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    Mirj's Note:

    This is a zesty North African soup. The chicken can be served in the soup or reserved for other uses. If you'd like a leaner soup, omit the oil. Instead of sauteing the onion and chicken, simply add them to the water and continue cooking the soup as below.

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in a large, heavy soup pot or stew pan.
    2. 2
      Add onion and saute over medium heat until golden.
    3. 3
      Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper and saute 7 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add water, tomatoes, garlic, paprika and turmeric and and bring to a simmer.
    5. 5
      Skim foam from surface.
    6. 6
      Cover and simmer 45 minutes, skimming fat occasionally.
    7. 7
      Add squash and cook for 10 minutes or until zucchini and chicken are tender.
    8. 8
      In a separate saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil and add salt.
    9. 9
      Add rice and cook uncovered over medium-high heat for 15 minutes or until just tender.
    10. 10
      Drain well.
    11. 11
      Rinse with cold water if cooking it ahead, and drain well.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 05, 2003


      When DIL #2 arrived for the holidays with a very bad cold, I cooked her a big pot of your fantastic Chicken Vegetable Soup with Cumin and Dill. A week later, when I started sniffling and sneezing, I was attracted by the tomatoes and seasonings in this soup. What a delicious, soothing and heart warming soup! The only thing I changed was to sub celery for the squash. The paprika and tumeric add a subtle yet enhancing flavor. Thanks Mirjam - you are truly my soup maven !

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    • on April 14, 2009


      This soup was great. I accidentally added way too much tomato but it still turned out really well. I did change the recipe a little (I am totally incapable of following a recipe as written). I added celery, used acorn squash instead of zucchini, and added some cumin, and chili peppers. Thanks!

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    • on October 13, 2004


      I love this soup! The flavors are just right. I may have added a little bit more garlic, and did add one celery rib. I also took a shortcut by using homemade chicken broth and boneless chicken breast, so instead of cooking the chicken for a long time, I added it nearly last, and cooked the vegetables in stock first. To my surprise, I even found zucchini, which is fairly rare in Tokyo. I used cilantro rather than parsley, though I like both, and am sure either would be good. Thank you for posting this recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Zesty Chicken Soup with Tomatoes and Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (681 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 577.4
    Calories from Fat 326
    Total Fat 36.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.6 g
    Cholesterol 156.2 mg
    Sodium 159.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
    Sugars 3.7 g
    Protein 41.4 g

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