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Bahamian Chicken Souse Recipe
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Bahamian Chicken Souse

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"This traditional Bahamian dish is served with a side of grits and bread or Johnny cake. Add lime and hot pepper to spice it up to your individual taste. It's delicious and surprisingly simple!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Toss the chicken wings with 3 tablespoons lime juice and the seasoned salt. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and green pepper; cook and stir until the onion has softened and begun to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrots, red pepper flakes, allspice, bay leaves, marinated chicken, lime juice, and water. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue simmering until the chicken is no longer pink at the bone, and the vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 03, 2010

My Bahamian mother-in-law and husband make chicken souse on the weekends (right here on the island) and they have thrown in carrots and peppers before, among other things. They key is lots of lime and pepper. This is my favorite Sunday brunch food. If there are leftovers I will bring it to a boil and then throw in some egg noodles and cook till the noodles are tender. The first time I did this my husband thought I was crazy...Bahamians take their souse very seriously!! Then he ate it and loved it and he thought it was a great use of the broth! Our kids love it too, but their favorite is when Dad puts dumplings in it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 19, 2008

Firstly let me say I am Bahamian and I Love Chicken Souse! This recipie isn't the Real Traditional Bahamian Chicken Souse. My Grandma passed down her recipie to my Mother who passed it down to me... I NEVER heard of adding green peppers and carrots... it sounds more like Chicken Soup. Traditionally it should have Celery, Onions, Potatoes, Chicken, Clove, Bay Leaf, Lime, Salt and Water... and yes of course served with Johnny Cake and or Grits.


9 Ratings

Jan 18, 2011

This may not be the traditional recipe for Bahamian Chicken Souse, but it's a good tasting nontraditional recipe.

May 23, 2013

Came out DELICIOUS! Reminds me of the islands :-D THANKS!!!

Dec 17, 2012

This recipe was something that I would not ordinarily make. I was so surprised how much I enjoyed these flavors together! Also, my one-year old and my four year-old did eat the chicken out of it. (Not the potatoes, but at least the chicken). Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

Oct 24, 2012

I don't know if it's traditional or not, but I made it & my family loved it. The only things I did different was add more seasoning & boiled the fat & grease off the chicken first.


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  • Calories
  • 1226 kcal
  • 61%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 111.7 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol
  • 206 mg
  • 69%
  • Fat
  • 51.5 g
  • 79%
  • Fiber
  • 15 g
  • 60%
  • Protein
  • 79.5 g
  • 159%
  • Sodium
  • 598 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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