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November 5th, 2006

Change of seasons again. Time for the good old comfort food. Maybe the family soup recipe? Have a favorite fall or winter standby? Share you recipe with us all!

Chicken Gumbo Soup
Chicken Gumbo Soup
By Deanna Birkholm (LadyFisher) Washington

All good homemade soups take a little time. This one takes a couple of hours total - I haven't found anyone who doesn't like it...(but with okra who knows?)

It has color, consistancy, enough 'meat' to be hearty, and rice to make it filling. Really a meal in a bowl. A green salad and rolls instead of crackers will make it special.

A friend in Columbus, GA shared the recipe with me in was her families favorite.


  • 2 pounds chicken parts, necks, backs, wings, thighs.

  • Cold water to cover the chicken in the pan.

  • Boxed or canned chicken broth.

  • 2 springs parsley.

  • Handful of celery leaves.

  • 1 Tbs. salt.

  • 1 Cup Celery, diced.

  • 1 Cup Onion, diced

  • 1 large carrot, diced.

  • Large can whole tomatoes.

  • 1 Cup sliced fresh, frozen or canned okra.

  • 1/2 Cup uncooked rice.

Method - Chicken Gumbo Soup

    1. Wash chicken parts under cold running water. Place in large pot and cover with COLD water. Cold water helps keep foam from forming, and produces a clear soup.

    2. Add salt, parsley, celery leaves and salt.

    3. Cover, bring to a boil, turn heat down to a simmer and cook until chicken is tender, about an hour and a half.

    4. Cool meat enough to handle. Strain the stock into another pot. Remove bones and fat from chicken, dice.

    5. Combine stock, chicken meat and remaining ingredients in the saucepot. (If using canned okra, add it at the last five minutes before serving.)

    6. Bring to a boil again, turn down heat and simmer 25 to 30 minutes until the rice and okra are tender.

    7. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. If the soup seems too thick, add the chicken broth (canned or boxed) to thin to your taste. Will also thicken if refrigerated, keep the broth handy. Serves 8 or more.

This is much better than the commercial canned soup. Give it a try and let me know how you like it. Yes, you can add other goodies to it (like small shrimp). ~ LF

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