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Jamaican chicken soup recipe

Jamaican chicken soup is on the menu today! Nothing beats this hearty chicken soup dish it is full of flavour and very filling that you won’t need any sides.

jamaican chicken soup

Fridays or Saturdays are Jamaicans soup days. I don’t always stick to the soup days.

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Fish Soup,

Vegan Red Peas Soup,

There are other days that I might feel like having soup, especially when I am feeling sick.

Soups goes down well when you have the cold or flu.

Jamaican soups are cooked with a lot of vegetables and ground provisions in it.

This makes our soup very filling and we eat it as a full meal. 

The provisions that you need to make this chicken soup are pumpkin, yellow yam, carrot, cho cho (chayote) and corn.

If you like potato you can include it.

You will also need the chicken, the seasoning (thyme, onion, garlic, pimento, scalllion, scotch bonnet pepper) and a soup mix.

Another thing, Jamaican soup isn’t complete if it doesn’t have dumplings in it.

It would feel strange to a Jamaican to have soup without dumplings.

Dumpling is plain four mixed with with water to form a firm dough.

Even though I add salt to the ingredients below, I personally do not add it when I am making if for myself.

But I notice that a lot of people finds boiled dumpling that is cooked without salt to taste a bit bland.

Most time I would add a bit of cornmeal to the flour to switch things up. Give that a try and see how you like it compare to the plain flour.

How To Make Jamaican Chicken Soup From Scratch?

Step 1. Wash the chicken in lime juice and water.

chicken soup
the uncooked chicken

Step 2. Place the chicken in a large soup pot along with the pimento (allspice), scallion, thyme, garlic, onion, corn and salt.

Add enough boiling water to cover the food in the pot and put to cook for five to ten minutes.

chicken soup
chicken soup

Step 3. Add the pumpkin. I never peel my pumpkin but you can.

pumpkin soup
raw pumpkin

Step 4. Add the yam, cho cho (chayote), carrots and the dumplings. Add more boiling water to cover all the food in the pot.

diced yellow yam
diced yellow yam

Step 5. Add the soup mix. The soup mix tends to form lumps when you pour it in the soup straight from the pack.

So whenever I am using it I would mix it with a little bit of boiling water in a little bowl before pouring it into the soup.

Step 6. Add a whole scotch bonnet pepper and cover the pot and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes are until all the food in the pot is fully cooked.

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jamaican chicken soup

Jamaican chicken soup recipe

Jamaican chicken soup is packed with a lot of flavour, from the all the foods that is added. This dish is also very filling and you won't have to have any sides.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 101 kcal


  • 1 lb Boneless chicken
  • 1 pack Chicken noodle soup mix
  • ½ lb Fresh pumpkin Cubed
  • ½ lb Yellow yam Cubed
  • 1 Chocho (chayote) Peal and cubed
  • 1 Corn Cut into three pieces
  • 2 Medium carrots Peal and diced
  • 1 Medium onion Sliced
  • 4 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 Scallions (spring onions) Chopped
  • 5 Sprig of thyme
  • 5 Pimento berries (Allspice)
  • ½ tsp Salt Or to your taste
  • Water

Dumpling Mix

  • 1 cup Plain flour
  • Water
  • ¼ tsp Salt optional
  • 1 tbsp Cornmeal optional


How to make the dumpling

  • Mix the flour and salt (if you are adding salt) with enough water to make a stiff dough.
  • Separate into very small pieces and make round flat dumplings

Prepearing the soup

  • Place the chicken in a large soup pot along with the pimento (allspice), onion, scallion, garlic, thyme, corn, salt and cover about an inch with boiling water let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin, carrot, chocho, yellow yam and the dumplings. Adding enough boiling water to cover the foods in the pot.
  • Stir in the soup mix and add the scotch bonnet pepper. Do not cut the pepper, add it whole.
  • Cover the pot and let it cook for 30-55 minutes. Stir occasionally, be careful not to bust the pepper. One the pot starts to bubble, turn the heat down.
  • One the food is cooked and the soup take colour, taste the pot if you need more salt. You may want to remove the pepper at this time.


If you want the soup to be very spicy, you can bust the pepper at the last few minutes before you turn the fire off. But make sure to remove the pepper before you serve. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Great job!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow this was awesome ,went to the local Spanish store and got coco and a lot of ground food and added it . Wow 🤩 $17 later a big pot of soup.

  4. Maria Dixon

    5 stars
    This is so good! I’ve made it a few times now, and I could eat it everyday 🤗😍😉

  5. Make sure the stem is on that scotch bonnet pepper ( word to the wise)

  6. 5 stars
    Excellence recipe thank you.

  7. 4 stars
    I used two boxes of chicken stock, two ears of corn, and celery. Delicious 🤤!!

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