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Kickin’ Arroz con Pollo Soup

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A hearty soup with a spicy kick based on arroz con pollo.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Spanish Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Bell Pepper, Diced (whatever Color Your Prefer)
  • 1 bunch Carrots, Chopped
  • 6 slices Center Cut Bacon, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt, More Or Less To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Pepper, More Or Less To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped
  • 4 whole Boneless, Skinless Cooked Chicken Breasts, Shredded
  • 1 can (8 Oz. Can) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 Oz. Can) Chunky Rotel (Choose Mild Or Hot To Your Taste)
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Frozen Green Peas
  • _____
  • FOR THE RICE:
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Or Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika

Preparation

In a large stock pot, saute onion, bell pepper, carrots and bacon in olive oil until vegetetables are tender and bacon has rendered the fat. Add cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add garlic and continue to saute another 3-5 minutes. Add chicken and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, coating the chicken well. Add diced tomatoes and Rotel and allow to cook for another 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and allow to simmer over medium heat for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

While chicken and vegetable mixture is simmering, cook rice in another pot according to package directions, adding seasoning to the pot to cook with and season the rice. Allow rice to completely cook and then cool somewhat. Add rice and frozen green peas to the soup pot, stir and continue to simmer on low for another 10 minutes.

Serve with corn tortillas or crusty bread or rolls.

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LDuff on 4.27.2010

It is cold and rainy here in Boston today- I am really excited to make this for dinner!

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goaheadbakemyday on 1.28.2010

This is a keeper! Can’t wait to try it!!

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scoop on 12.29.2009

Wow! Wow-weee wow wow! This soup was AWESOME! Everybody in the family (7 of us) loved it. I made a double batch and it was …. GONE. I left out the carrots and peas because some family members don’t like them, used leftover rotisserie chicken instead of the breasts, and added corn. The rest was exactly as the recipe called for including the arborio rice. This one will definitely go in the file with the family favorites!

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sandiegosunshine on 12.25.2009

We loved this soup. So much so that husband asked that I make a batch just for his lunches next week. I leaned on Costco for the already cooked chicken breast tenders (diced a bit smaller) and their already-cooked-brown rice-bowls in place of the arborio rice as I just can’t seem to get arborio to ever work for me. I also diced up baby carrots so they are smaller than the coins big carrots produce. (I have family members that are picky about texture. Have to get veggies in them any way I can right?) Good flavors, hearty texture. Add some fresh sliced bread and it’s a great meal. Thanks BluebonnetGal!

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