Creole Chicken Soup With Okra and Sausage

Okra soup
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  • Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Spicy andouille sausage, chicken, and a variety of vegetables flavor this tasty soup. The soup is similar to a gumbo, but it is made without a roux. If you'd like to have a thicker soup, add a light or dark roux to the pot before you add the onion, peppers, and celery.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 pounds frying chicken
  • 1 onion (cut in chunks)
  • Celery leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups reserved broth from cooking the chicken (add some prepared broth if needed)
  • 6 strips bacon (diced)
  • 1 pound smoked andouille or smoked sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 2 green bell peppers (chopped)
  • 2 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 3 tomatoes (peeled and chopped) or 1 (14.5 ounces) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (approx. 15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels (thawed)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sliced okra (thawed)
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine chicken, the onion chunks, celery leaves, and salt in a Dutch oven or large kettle; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer about 45 minutes or until chicken is tender.

  2. Remove chicken from the pot, reserving 5 cups of the chicken broth; discard onion and celery leaves. Remove chicken from bones; cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

  3. Cook bacon and sausage in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon and sausage, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in Dutch oven. Crumble bacon; set bacon and sausage aside.

  4. Add onion, pepper, celery, and garlic to Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender.

  5. Add chicken, bacon, sausage, reserved broth (should be approximately 5 cups), tomatoes, and remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours.

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