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chicken souse recipe

chicken souse recipe

  • Author: maria.ann
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Caribbean
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Dive into the flavors of the Caribbean with this traditional Chicken Souse recipe. A light and flavorful soup, it combines succulent chicken with aromatic spices, lime, and hot peppers for a dish that warms both the body and soul.


  1. 2 lbs chicken parts (wings, drumettes, or thighs work well)
  2. Juice of 3 limes
  3. 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  4. 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  6. 1-2 hot peppers (such as Scotch bonnet or habanero), seeded and finely chopped (adjust to your heat preference)
  7. 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  9. 1/2 tsp allspice
  10. 10 cups water
  11. 2 medium potatoes, diced
  12. 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  13. 1 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Clean the chicken parts with the juice from 2 limes, then rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large pot, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery, and hot peppers. Sauté until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the pot and brown slightly on all sides.
  4. Pour in the water and bring to a boil.
  5. Add salt, black pepper, allspice, and the remaining lime juice. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Add the potatoes and bell pepper to the pot.
  7. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked.
  8. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  9. Serve hot, garnished with additional lime slices or chopped fresh herbs, if desired.


  • Chicken souse is traditionally served with "johnny cakes" or light bread in the Bahamas.
  • If you prefer, you can add other vegetables like carrots or turnips.


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 300
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg

Keywords: Chicken Souse, Caribbean Soup, Bahamian Dish