Bahamian Chicken Souse (Soup)

Lori Loucas


This is a soup that is generally present on all Bahamian weekend tables to appease the side effects of long nights of partying! Souse is composed of two main ingredients: lime and hot chili pepper. It is known that limes are great for hangovers but what about chili peppers? Bahamian grandmothers say “chilis in this soup can kill the devil.” Recipe from Vera and Mike; A World of Flavors."

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15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


12 large
chicken wings, halved
3 large
1 dash(es)
seasoned salt
2 Tbsp
canola oil
3 large
green onion, finely chopped
1/2 large
green pepper, cubed
1 1/2 lb
potatoes, diced
2 large
carrots, diced
2 large
bay leaves
1 Tbsp
whole allspice
3 medium
jalapeno peppers
1/4 c
cilantro, chopped
1 medium
lime, cut into rounds


1Rinse chicken wings and soak 10 minutes in vinegar water to facilitate the removal of their skin. Remove skin from the wings.
2In a bowl, combine chicken wings with the juice of one of the limes. Add seasoned salt to taste. Marinate for 1/2 hour.
3In a pot large enough, sauté the onions over low heat for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Add the green pepper and sauté for 5 minutes over low heat.
4Add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and chicken wings. Mix well and cook 10 minutes over low heat.
5Add water to cover, then add the allspice, the juice of the other two limes and seasoned salt to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer one hour.
6Halfway through cooking, add the jalapeños.
7When done, ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and a couple of thin lime rounds.

About Bahamian Chicken Souse (Soup)

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Caribbean