Chicken, Ham, and Rice Soup (Canja)

“From The Little Brazilian Cookbook by Elizabeth Lambert Ortizz. She says.....This apparently simple soup is made special by the addition of rice, tomatoes, carrots, and chopped ham. These combine to lift the flavor out of the ordinary, making the soup a substantial one, ideal for a light meal when accompanied by a green salad and a dessert.”
1hr 38mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan combine the chicken, onion, and chicken stock, bring to a simmer, cover and cook over low heat until the chicken is tender (about 45 minutes).
  2. Lift the chicken out onto a platter and set aside.
  3. Strain the stock through a sieve set over a bowl.
  4. Discard the solids and skim off as much fat as possible from the stock.
  5. Rinse out the saucepan and return the stock to it.
  6. Add the rice, tomatoes and carrots.
  7. Taste for seasoning, add salt if necessary and freshly ground pepper.
  8. Bring to a simmer and cook until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes.
  9. When the chicken is cool enough to handle remove the skin and bones and cut into strips about 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches.
  10. Return the chicken to the saucepan with the ham and cook just long enough to heat through.
  11. Add the parsley and serve.

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