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chicken and okra soup in a white bowl

Smoked Chicken and Okra Soup

Easy okra soup recipe with a smoky citrus vibe from a smoked chicken and lime-based broth. A satisfying summertime soup with a bright, festive feel.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • pressure cooker


  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 jalapeño chili deseeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Rice
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 Smoked Chicken
  • 1/2 lb Okra sliced 1/2 inch thick pieces
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • Fresh cilantro optional


  • Set instant pot to saute setting.
  • Add onions, garlic, jalapeño, and half the spices and saute 4-5 minutes
  • Add rice and saute another 2 minutes
  • Add stock, water, smoked chicken, and remaining spices. Stir to mix the ingredients well.
  • Cancel saute settings, close lid and pressure cook for 20 minutes. Do a quick-release pressure.
  • Remove chicken and let cool
  • Add okra and bell peppers to the pot. And cook 10 minutes on saute normal settings uncovered.
  • While soup continues to cook, pull the chicken off the bone and chop up into smaller pieces.
  • Add the chopped chicken back to the pot along with the lime juice.
  • Serve with fresh cilantro



  • Don’t smoke a chicken just for this recipe. Buy a half-smoked chicken from your favorite local bbq spot or just reserved some from your next Summer cookout and use the leftovers in the soup. If neither of these is an option, just use beef like I mentioned they do in Africa and the Low country
  • Saute the onions, peppers, and chicken first to release their flavor
  • Cut the okra into smaller pieces for faster cook times, but no too small such that the other ingredients overshadow that good okra flavor.
  • If using pressure cooker/Instant Pot add the okra after pressure cooking process to preserve the okra texture and fresh okra flavor. Similarly if using traditional slow simmer in a pot approach add the okra later in the cooking process.


Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1321mg | Potassium: 927mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1930IU | Vitamin C: 79.5mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg
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