Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chicken, Okra and Sweet Potato Soup

It is my understanding that okra is one of those foods (like grits and chit'lins,) that northerners such as myself are unfamiliar with for the most part. I'll admit that I probably have no business even posting a recipe using okra because I can make no claim to experience with southern cooking. I can't even say y'all correctly. It comes out "ye haw." However, when I saw a bag of frozen okra at the "big city" grocery store a few weeks back, I threw it in my cart and was determined to come up with a recipe in which it played a starring role. I just love trying new vegetables!

Some leftover chicken and some tweaks with spices and herbs led me to this finished recipe. I was very pleased with the flavor of this soup and would suggest it be served with some johnny cakes or buttermilk biscuits. (See? I did my research.)

Chicken, Okra and Sweet Potato Soup

2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely diced (use two if you like it spicier)
2 stalks celery, diced
kosher salt and pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP all purpose flour
1 quart chicken stock
1 large sweet potato, peeled, small dice
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1 pound frozen cut okra
2-3 cups cooked chicken, diced or shredded

In large soup pot heat olive oil. Add the onion, peppers and celery. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and saute until onions are translucent, 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for several minutes to lose the raw flavor of the flour, then add the chicken stock, sweet potatoes, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add the okra and the chicken and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.

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22 comments:

Daniela said...

What good looks, there is no sin in Spain bame. I made hummus for berenjenas are too good, you let the result.
http://vegetarian-gustos-si-sanatos.blogspot.com/2010/09/hummus-de-vinete-hummus-de-berenjenas.html
See ya.

Moogie said...

Mags.... you had me at sweet potato. Beautiful presentation!

Nanan said...

Nice - that recipe looks positively delicious - and you were smart not to cook the okra too much - if you do it tends to get slimy! You are my hero!!!! I would believe you are Southern!

June said...

I do believe with all the spices along with sweet potato I could get okra to pass my lips. Looks fabulous Mags, and a gorgeous picture as always.

Maria said...

I love your soup bowls! I am ready for soup season and I love the sweet potatoes in there!

CookiePie said...

Oh YUM -- two of my favorite things: sweet potatoes and okra. I have to make this one! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

I love sweet potatoes but okra not so much!! Love the soup bowls.

Barbara said...

Not quite ready for soup season down here yet, Mags, but this is a winner of a recipe! Love okra and you've cooked it perfectly.

stephchows said...

mmmmmmm okra :) I've only ever had it in chili, but loved it :)

Torviewtoronto said...

lots of flavours delicious

Barbara Bakes said...

I don't think the words I just love trying new vegetables has ever come out of my mouth, I just love trying new desserts yes, but I would I would definitely love trying okra in your yummy soup.

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Okra may well be an acquired taste for some, but i grew up on the stuff and love it almost as much as sweet potatoes. You've hit all my Southern sweet spots with this soup recipe. Perfect for early fall!

Jason's BBQ Adventures said...

Love this soup, very original, especially with the okra. Great job with it!

Megan said...

I've never had okra either but you got me with the chicken and sweet potato!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I love okra, but I love that you used it in a unique way! Sweet potatoes + okra, sounds great to me!

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

This is such a great sounding soup. I have seen okra used a great deal lately & I need to get a hold of some. Love everything sweet potato.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That soup sounds good... I don't have okra too often, but I do enjoy it. I'll have to find me a big city grocery store to buy some... Hard to get in these parts :)

Amanda said...

Looks so wonderful! I love fall soups :)

Judimae said...

What a terrific looking soup. My xhubby and son use to turn their noses up at okra, but I have always been a fan of that vegetable. What could be better than sweet potatoes plus the okra and chicken in one gorgeous soup bowl. It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

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Natalie said...

what a great soup! I recently discovered okra and can't get enough of it! bookmarking this for a rainy day!

Kathryn said...

I love this time of year- it's the perfect soup weather! I recently made tortellini sausage soup, but your soup looks WAY better!

diana méndez said...

I shall try this tonight! I've had a box of frozen okra in the freezer for ever and this seems perfect. I will have to tweek your tweeks a little... but will make do :)