Recipe by Estelle Chait

Easy Jamaican Chicken Soup

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Meat Meat
Easy Easy
6 Servings

No Allergens specified

Jamaican chicken soup is delicious, spicy , and full of flavor. With this easy recipe, your soup will come out perfect every time.   When selecting your veggies for the soup, choose between Jamaican sweet potato, normal sweet potato, acorn, or butternut squash – or use some of each! You can also serve with dumplings – or matzo balls, for a fun mashup.   Recipe courtesy of Temima Markowitz and Leora Chait.  


Chicken Marinade

  • whole chicken or package of breasts and thighs

  • 2 white onions, chopped

  • whole head of garlic, crushed

  • 10-15 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • sprinkle of salt

  • sprinkle of pepper

For Soup

  • 4 potatoes, cut into small chunks

  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut in small chunks

  • 1 Jamaican sweet potato, butternut squash, or normal sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks

  • 1 hot pepper (green)

  • 4 tablespoons chicken soup mix OR 2 bouillon cubes

  • 1-5 sprigs fresh thyme

  • small bunch fresh dill (optional)




Place chicken in a container and cover with two chopped onions, a whole head of crushed garlic, 10-15 sprigs fresh thyme (you can do two tablespoons dried if you need to sub), two tablespoons vinegar, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.


Cover and put in fridge overnight. If you are making this day-of, you can let it marinate for only a couple hours and then continue.



Place chicken with all the onion and garlic marinade in a large pot and sauté 10 minutes on each side. Add four cups of water and simmer for 20 minutes.

Prepare the Soup


Meanwhile, prepare four potatoes and four carrots. Choose between Jamaican sweet potato, normal sweet potato, acorn, or butternut squash, or use some of each! Peel and slice all veggies in small chunks. Add to soup and add more water to cover.


Add hot pepper, soup mix or bouillon cubes, and dill if using.


Bring to a boil for one hour and then add dumplings or matzo balls if you’re using.


Cook for one more hour and add more fresh thyme. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

Easy Jamaican Chicken Soup

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