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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.
4.62 from 67 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican chicken soup recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Lesa


  • 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. 


Nutrition Facts
Jamaican chicken soup recipe
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    Great job!

    • I’m so grateful to you for sharing your recipe. I visit Negril every year..except since COVID. I always stay with the locals (no resorts) unless owned by Jamaicans. Annnddd let me tell you that I’m Jamaican at heart. The people, food, the culture but mostly the experience. So thank you for giving me something that makes me feel like I’m there all over again!!

    • Very Great website. Recipes and pictures. Bravo!

  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)

    • Someone please share how you get the right consistency for your dumplings. Also, what soup mix do you use? I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Excellence recipe thank you.

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

  8. Umm Shaakir

    3 stars
    Hi Lesa,

    I tried out this recipe in two consecutive days. (alot of my family were sick these last days)
    Once with my own instant chicken soup mix and secondly with a vegetarian type as they didn’t have any halaal ready made packs.

    Both times soup came out quiet well, but it was missing a rounded flavour. I put coconut cream in both my soup and it notched up the flavour by 30%. It also looked more like your picture. Thank you for the recipe, I really enjoyed cooking it and it was really full on flavour too.

  9. Solitar Duberry

    Thank you. When you haven’t cooked something in a long time but fancy it, It’s great the have a page like this to refer too. 🙂 Thanks again.

  10. Solitar Duberry

    5 stars
    🙂 👍🏽

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy to follow. Best soup I ever made ☺️

  12. 5 stars
    Simply delicious! Add some coconut cream for extra flavour and body. But not too much…😋

  13. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious meal!

  14. Daniella Perreau

    5 stars
    It was perfect. Thank you for sharing.

  15. 5 stars
    This is the best soup I ever made. I added a pinch
    or 2 of Masala powder, plus cooked it in my trusty crockpot. So good!! Thank you for sharing..Blessings to you..

  16. 5 stars
    Family loved it! 😁 Thank you

  17. Sharrie Abrams

    5 stars
    This soup was delicious. I did not have a Pumpkin so I substituted and used pumpkin flavored soup mix and it great out great!

  18. 5 stars
    Thank for this easy recipe it came out get !

  19. Janet Mitchell


    Absolutely delicious!

    Kind regards


  20. Lendybell Stewart

    5 stars
    I made your chicken soup 2day but missed the bit about mixing the soup mix in a bowl
    My chicken soup was a 9 out of 10 because I didn’t have no chow chow..

  21. 5 stars
    Lovely easy how to guide just like my partners mom makes

  22. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, tastes absolutely amazing!!

  23. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. Soap is so yummy.

  24. 4 stars
    Made this soup and my family loved. It’s so flavorful and deliciously comforting.

  25. Kathleen Davey

    5 stars
    It was delicious thanks for the Recipe x

  26. 4 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! I tried making this and followed the recipe to the best of my abilities with the exact ingredients, but the soup colour was more transparent brown, not creamy orange like the picture. Am I missing something? Do I need to use coconut cream? Blend the pumpkin into a puree? Boil the pumpkin until it dissolves?

  27. 5 stars
    This is my go-to soup recipe, I remember the ingredients but never the steps. Thank you for breaking it down so easily that anyone can follow. I’ve made it using your recipe about 4 times (today included) and its tasty every time (I always use an extra soup mix, just to add extra flavour and I substitute yam and cho-cho for Irish potato – the cost of living in Scotland unfortunately).

    • Danielle, glad to here the steps helped with you making the soup. Stop by anytime. P.s. sorry to hear cho-cho and yam are so expensive in Scotland,Irish potato is a great substitute

  28. 5 stars
    This soup came out just GREAT! I have always wanted to make a hearty Caribbean chicken soup and this recipe exceeded my expectations. It was very easy to make. I added a yellow plantain and it gave it a nice little extra touch! Everyone loved it.

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