This Jamaican chicken soup recipe is a traditional soup prepared in Jamaica.
Why should we avoid cock noodle soup mix?
For years, we used this cock noodle soup mix which gives nice flavor, but contains ingredients we now wish to avoid such as bleached and “enriched” flour, vegetable oils, hydrolyzed corn, guar gum, dextrose, preservatives like BHT, monosodium glutamate (MSG) etc. These additives do not promote health, and in many individuals cause allergic reactions, headaches, high blood pressure, etc.
I’m sure Jamaicans did not do this “back in the day.” I’ve found a great combination of fresh and/or dried spices that provide a similar flavor without all the unwanted and unnecessary additives.
“Eat soup first and eat it last, and live to till a hundred years be passed.” – French proverb
Pretty much all traditional cultures knew the value of soups for nutrition and healing purposes. And soup is indeed very healing. We’ve been misled to believe there is no truth to the saying that chicken soup boosts immunity, but that is because real soup has been replaced by the fake stuff in boxes and cans that cannot be compared because they are nutritionally dead.
What are some of the benefits of drinking Jamaican chicken soup?
When a base of real broth is used to start a rich chicken soup such as this one, the result is something that is not only delicious, but also very nourishing. This homemade soup helps to heal the gut lining, promote digestion, fight inflammation (which can greatly help with problems such as asthma, arthritis, depression, insomnia, bloating, etc.), boost the immune system, detoxify the body, strengthen teeth and bones, and contribute to beautiful, healthy hair and nails. We do not skim the fat, and often add extra–that way we benefit from the added fat-soluble vitamins which often work in unison with other nutrients. We find that drinking soup regularly promotes healthy bowel movements as well.
Can I make this GAPS-legal?
I have made this soup with cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and other GAPS-legal vegetables and it is still delicious! Use the base of the soup as-is and mix and match your staple ingredients. Put softer veggies later on when the soup is closer to being ready!
Jamaican Chicken Soup Recipe
- 2-3 lbs chicken breast (or your favorite parts)
- 3 quarts broth (can use part water if you don't have enough on hand)
- 1 large kabocha squash
- 1 small butternut squash
- 4 stalks celery
- 1-2 medium onions
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/4 tsp powdered)
- 1 tsp pimento/allspice seeds (1/4 tsp dried)
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper to taste (we typically use 1-2 whole scotch bonnets, we like spicy!)
Any combination of the following
- Boniato potatoes
- Irish potatoes
- Yellow yam
- Ripe plantains
- Green bananas
- Chayote squash
- Add broth to a large stockpot that hold approx 6 quarts or more if you
are making the recipe as-is. and bring to a boil. Add pimento seeds,
chicken and uncooked pumpkin/squash at this point.
- Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes, until chicken is mostly cooked. To make
things easier, like I do, you can bake the squash whole until it is tender prior to making the soup, then you would just scoop the flesh out and add to the soup at a later point.
- Remove chicken from pot, and once cooled enough to handle, shred if desired.
- Peel and cut up anything you’d like to add to the soup, such as onions,
potatoes, yams, plantains and carrots. Make dumplings if you are adding
- Scoop pimento seeds out of the soup and add in onions, celery, yams and potatoes. Let cook about 15 minutes.
- Remove the celery if you wish and add in chicken, plantains, scotch bonnet, carrots and dumplings. Let cook another 15 minutes.
- Add spices (thyme, garlic, salt, powdered pepper, and powdered allspice
if you did not use pimento berries) to taste.
- Let simmer a short while until it smells and tastes awesome and additions are cooked to your
- Serve with additional fats such as butter or tallow for extra
nourishment!Don’t forget to have a side with fermented vegetables
Looking for other simple Jamaican recipes? Try this Jamaican banana chips recipe next!
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