Monday, January 28, 2013

Cajun Chicken Soup

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My Hubby is an intelligent, funny, hard working man and I love him to death. Unfortunately, when it comes to eating healthy, he is a bit on the clueless side. I just recently convinced him that smothering a healthy chicken breast with BBQ sauce, makes it... well, somewhat unhealthy. He also happens to be a bit of a Cajun food fanatic and when he recently decided to try his hand at a more healthy lifestyle, I decided that being the wonderful Wife that I am, I would concoct something that would make the transition a bit more easy on him. This mildly spicy Cajun soup is the direct result of my excellent Wiving skills. And guess what? After eating a couple of bowls, my dear Husband even announced that he felt he had already lost a pound or two.

Cajun Chicken Soup Recipe: {Print Recipe}

2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1" cubes)
1 large zucchini (sliced, then cut in half)
3 stalks of celery (chopped)
3 carrots (sliced)
1 onion (diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons cajun seasoning (divided)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup dry rotini pasta
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (divided)

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in dutch oven, or large pot, over medium-high heat. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning, place in dutch oven and brown on all sides. Remove from heat.

Place 1 teaspoon of oil in dutch oven and add zucchini, celery, carrots, onion and garlic. Sautee for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are just starting to become tender. Add diced tomatoes, parsley, thyme and cajun seasoning and cook for additional 1-2 minutes. Add chicken back to mixture. Add chicken broth and bring soup to a boil.

Once soup comes to a boil, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Add pasta and kidney beans and cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

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  1. Ummm. Yum and hello gorgeous photo! Makes me want to make this right now!

  2. how would black beans be in it?

    1. I'd imagine they would be good! The texture of the bean really adds a lot to the soup! :)

  3. This sounds like a soup I would love!

  4. Pinned this to make this winter. I'm trying a new soup recipe every week. This one looks awesome.

  5. Stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen Party~ I love soup and this sounds really good!! Now following on GFC. Stop by for a visit~ Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  6. This soup looks so delicious! I love soup in the winter!

    I am so glad you brought this dish to the In and Out of the Kitchen Party! I can't wait to see what you bring next week!

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  7. oh this looks so delicious!! love the kick of the seasonings!!
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  8. Devi, I wanted to let you know I made this soup today...DELICIOUS!! It will be a definite keeper! Thank you!

    1. Tanya - I'm so glad you liked it!! My hubby said he's going to be requesting it a whole lot! Thanks!! You totally made my day :)

  9. YUM! this looks so good. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and I hope you join us again this coming week.

  10. Looks great - especially with all this cold weather! I'll have to give it a try. :)

  11. I love meals that are hearty and "warm you from the inside out" on cold winter days. Can't wait to try this!

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  14. When is the tomato sauce added


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