Chicken Vegetable Soup

by Daisy

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I once served this soup to a man recently in the US from his native Peru.

He said it was the first dish he had tasted in America that he actually liked.

I was both flattered . . . and embarrassed for my great nation.

Here’s the recipe:

Chicken Vegetable Soup

1 T. olive oil

1 med. onion, chopped

1 cup sliced okra (optional)

1 tsp. dried oregano, or 1 T. fresh minced oregano

1 tsp. ground cumin (or more–go crazy cumin-philes)

2 cloves minced garlic

1 1/2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

1 1/2 cups sweet potato, cubed

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed

2 cups chopped cooked chicken, white, dark, or a blend, your preference

1 cup corn, fresh or frozen whole kernel

1 medium or two small zucchini (courgette) squash, cut into cubes

1 (15 oz.) can tomatoes, chopped, or 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped tomato

salt and pepper to taste

For garnish:

shredded cheese

chopped cilantro or basil (whichever is fresh in the garden)

wedges of lime


Heat oil in a good -sized soup pot over medium heat.

Saute onion, okra, oregano, cumin, and garlic together until onion is wilted and the okra is beginning to soften.

Add stock, sweet potato, and beans.  Bring to a simmer.

Add chicken, corn, zucchini and tomato.  Add salt to taste.  Season with pepper.  Simmer soup until the sweet potatoes are soft and the other vegetables are crisp-tender.

Serve steaming hot topped with cheese and herbs and a lime wedge on the side.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya Walton September 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

MMM…sounds delicious…I eat a lot of soups in the colder weather…i always ind they warm you to the very core!!

Linda September 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Oh! Yummm. I’m printing this out for myself. I would think it’s because you have so many food types that would be found in Peru is why he liked it.


jan September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

Sounds so good. Printing this one out for sure. I eat soups year round, they are so filling and generally inexpensive to make. I love the use of sweet potatoes rather than white potatoes. Yummy!

cat @ house clearance October 5, 2010 at 4:25 am

sounds nice this recipe i’ve had a few from the super market but perhaps a freshly made one would taste so much better

Sophiathebackyardfarmer February 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm


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