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Traditional Jamaican Chicken Soup Recipe
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Jamaican Chicken Soup Recipe

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: GAPS, Paleo
Servings: 8 people
Author: nourishingtime.com


  • 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
  • Dashine
  • Dumplings
  • Ripe plantains
  • Green bananas
  • Carrots
  • 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
    them in.
  • 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
    Don’t forget to have a side with fermented vegetables