Caribbean(ish) Chicken Soup

Warm, slightly spiced (with a hint of chilli) and full of autumnal goodies like squash – this soup is ‘hygge’ in a bowl. In fact if regular chicken soup is Jewish Penicillin, this chicken soup is like penicillin with the sun on your back (hence the gratuitous picture of my hubby)!

Inspired by the lovely Debbie (now making her second appearance in a blog) in Monday night’s Pilates class, I hastily googled and gathered provisions for my own version of Caribbean Chicken Soup and boy was it good.

It’s not too hot (I wanted to make it child and Karen friendly) but my heat loving hubby was still able to enjoy it at his temperature with a sprinkling of Cayenne Pepper.

Here goes (it’s super easy btw – I even did it in a saucepan)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 chicken thighs (bone in)
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Pinch of freeze dried garlic granules
  • 1 green (or red chilli) to taste
  • 1 tsp Jamaican Jerk seasoning (I used Barts)
  • Chicken stock (liquid or cube is fine)
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • Half a medium butternut squash
  • 1 small white potato
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme

(Levi Roots adds spring onions at end of cooking and my best friend of Jamaican descent suggests onion too but we enjoyed it without)

Fry off the chicken in a hot pan with coconut oil or other suitable frying oil.

Add finely chopped celery and the lemon juice and cook on low/med heat until celery softens.

Add, garlic granules and around 750ml chicken stock . Bring to the boil. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. This is where the chicken will cook so longer if you’re using up a cooked chicken.

Add the chopped potatoes and squash. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes.

Add the thyme, jerk seasoning and whole chilli. Cook for another 10 minutes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Depending on how you like your soup you could remove chicken meat and blend soup (that’s how we had it) just remember to take the chilli and thyme out before you do this.

We served ours with brown rice. It was so good that our youngest spurned her chicken goujons in favour of soup!

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