Caribbean-Style Chicken Soup

February  4, 2019
3 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
What You'll Need
  • 1 whole chicken, cut into quarters
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves plucked from stems
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 (32–fluid ounce) box high-quality chicken stock, plus more as needed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small pumpkin, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 golden potatoes, peeled and quartered (substitute cassava if available)
  • 2 ears fresh corn, cut into 6 equal pieces
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  1. Place chicken pieces in strainer and squeeze lemon evenly over the meat. Wash chicken off with cold water, and pat with paper towels.
  2. Move chicken to a medium-sized bowl and season with salt and pepper. Then add garlic, ginger, thyme, onion, soy sauce, and oyster sauce.
  3. In a deep pot over medium heat, add stock, carrots, pumpkin, tomato, tomato paste, and potatoes. Once veggies begin to soften, add the chicken. Let simmer for about 30 minutes, then add the corn and scallion.
  4. Cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Finish with cilantro, and add additional salt to taste.

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4 Reviews

Vee April 25, 2022
This is not Caribbean chicken soup. There is no soy nor oyster sauce in our soup. Please get a real recipe.
mizerychik May 29, 2019
This sounds delicious, but I don't understand the first step. Do you leave the lemon on the chicken for any length of time, or do you immediately squeeze it and then rinse it off? Does the lemon impart any flavor or is the step just part of cleaning the chicken? I want to make sure I'm doing it right when I make this next week.
Mas A. May 29, 2019
Hey there! All you need to do is squeeze the juice over the chicken, give it a little rub down, then wash it off. It doesn’t impart any flavor, it’s just how we Caribbean folk clean chicken before cooking it. Sorry if I was let more clear. Hopefully you enjoy it!
Vee April 25, 2022
You soak the chicken in lemon for about 8-10 mins. Then rinse thoroughly. Make sure it’s fully covered with water with lemon. This helps to clean the chicken.