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Caribbean Chicken Soup

Antillean Style Caribbean Chicken Soup is filling and hearty, a meal on its own!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 336kcal
Author: Chef Mireille


  • Blender


  • 1 1/4 lbs. pumpkin kabocha or calabaza
  • 2 lbs. chicken pieces drumsticks and thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Scotch Bonnet pepper/Habanero split in half
  • few sprigs of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons roasted cumin powder
  • 4 skinny carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 1 green plantain peeled and chopped
  • 1 ripe plantain peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice


  • Peel pumpkin and deseed. Cut into large pieces.
  • Combine pumpkin pieces in a large pot with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
  • Boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Leave the pumpkin to cool for a few minutes.
  • Cut chicken pieces in half, using a meat cleaver or other strong knife that can cut through bone.
  • Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.
    Chicken Pieces for Caribbean Chicken Soup
  • Transfer pumpkin and all of the liquid to a blender and puree.
  • In the same pot, heat oil.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute until the vegetables are softened.
  • Add chicken pieces and fry until it starts to brown.
    Frying Chicken for Caribbean Chicken Soup
  • Add pumpkin puree, 2 cups water, Scotch bonnet
    and thyme.
  • Add cumin powder.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Add root vegetables and 2 cups more water. Bring to a boil.
    making Caribbean Chicken Soup
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook until vegetables are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • Adjust salt as needed , parsley, and add lemon juice.
    Caribbean Chicken Soup


If you prefer your soup thinner, you can add more water as you like.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6658IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3mg