Creole Chicken Soup

I was feeling a little under the weather the other day. 30-40 degree daily temperature changes do that to you some times.

Anyway, I decided to make some chicken soup because I knew it would clear up some of my congestion for a minute. Then I started wondering if there was a Creole Chicken Soup. I had never seen one but that didn't mean it was non-existent. So I fired up the Googler and ran a search. Lo and Behold (I like saying that occasionally), there were several recipes. I found a recipe from Zatarain's to use as a guideline and I went to work. My recipe had a few more steps but the results were worth the extra effort. And I was still finished in about 40 minutes. Wanna see how it's done? Check out the recipe below. Ingredients 2 lbs. Boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed 1 small yellow onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped

2 carrots, sliced

5 mushrooms, sliced (I used Baby Bellas) 3 cloves of garlic, minced (OK, 6 cloves) 1 can Diced Fire-Roasted tomatoes 2 tsp. Sea Salt 2 tsp. Granulated Garlic 2 tsp. Black Pepper 1 tsp. White Pepper 1 tsp. Cayenne 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning 1 tsp. Ground Coriander 1 qt. Chicken Stock

Season cubed chicken thighs with salt and pepper and cooked quickly in a wok.

In a large pot, sauteed onion, bell pepper, and carrots. Added mushrooms and garlic and sauteed another minute. Added a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes.

Season with sea salt, black, white and red pepper, granulated garlic, Italian seasoning, and ground coriander. Mix well.

Add 1 qt. Chicken stock and the chicken. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add broccoli, spinach and whatever veggies you want. Adjust seasoning and simmer for 10 more minutes.


Does this sound like a soup recipe that could get the chill out of your bones? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to tell a friend! Bigmista

Neil Strawder (aka Bigmista) is a well-known Pitmaster, spokesperson, author, and entrepreneur. His culinary skills landed him on BuzzFeed, Man Fire Food, The Great Food Truck Race, BBQ Pitmasters, and Ultimate BBQ Showdown.

His 10 years of owning Bigmista's Barbecue and success on the competition circuit made him one of the most celebrated Pitmasters in California.

Bigmista was a spokesperson and recipe creator for Cabo Wabo Tequila, Fresh and Easy Markets, and Mojobricks. He is the author of SPICE: The Variety Of Life and The Secret To Her Heart.

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