Bahamian Chicken Souse

Bahamian Chicken Souse

Kristal 11

"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!"

Ingredients 2 h 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 1226 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 1226 kcal
  • 61%
  • Fat:
  • 51.5 g
  • 79%
  • Carbs:
  • 111.7g
  • 36%
  • Protein:
  • 79.5 g
  • 159%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 206 mg
  • 69%
  • Sodium:
  • 598 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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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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.


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.


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