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In the Bahamas, there’s a delightful dish souse soup known as “Chicken Souse” (pronounced “sow-se”), which is a refreshing soup that’s a favorite among families. It’s not just a culinary treat; it’s also commonly used as a remedy for hangovers. But what’s truly remarkable is that Chicken Souse soup is known for its healing properties when it comes to colds and flu.
What sets it apart from the typical chicken soup you might make at home is the addition of a key ingredient – “chole” (chow-lee), which adds a bright flavor that’s perfect for hot weather. You can also spice it up with some crushed red pepper if you like.
We’ve left the chicken pieces whole, but you can choose to remove the skin and bones from cooked chicken before serving, if you prefer. Traditionally, it’s served with Johnny Cake (similar to cornbread), but Chicken Souse soup goes well with any crusty bread or rice side dish too.
Ingredients of Chicken Souse soup:
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 carrots, sliced into rounds
- 1 kilogram of chicken drumsticks
- 4 small potatoes, cut into chunks
- 2 bay leaves
- Juice of one lime
- Crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)
- 1 liter chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add onions and carrots and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken drumsticks, potatoes, bay leaves, lime juice, and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Stir well.
- Pour in the chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
- Cover and simmer for 60 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
- Add a pinch of salt, and if you like, more lime juice to taste. Stir in chopped parsley.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
Nutrition (per serving):
- Calories: 230 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 7 grams
- Protein: 21 grams
- Fat: 13 grams
- Saturated Fat: 5 grams
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 grams
- Monounsaturated Fat: 4 grams
- Trans Fat: 1 gram
- Cholesterol: 103 mg
- Sodium: 1911 mg
- Potassium: 522 mg
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Sugar: 2 grams
- Vitamin A: 5214 IU
- Vitamin C: 19 mg
- Calcium: 41 mg
- Iron: 1 mg
Notes and Tips:
- Need a quicker way to boil the soup? Chicken Souse can also be prepared in a pressure cooker. Slightly larger cuts of potatoes and vegetables are recommended, and sauté the onions in the cooker before adding all the ingredients. Set the cooker to soup setting or pressure cook for 10 minutes.
- Instead of chicken with bones, you can use boneless chicken breasts or chicken wings.
- If you’re watching your carb intake, you can skip the potatoes and add some thyme instead.
So, there you have it – a taste of the Bahamas with Chicken Souse! Enjoy this flavorful and comforting dish with friends and family, and let the warm, tropical vibes fill your kitchen.