Try the Deliciously Comforting Chicken Souse

Are you ready for an invigorating culinary experience? Then try this delicious and traditional Caribbean recipe for chicken souse. Filled with complex flavors and snappy herbs, this mouth-watering dish will tantalize your taste buds and leave you dreaming about the next time you can have it.

Growing up on the Caribbean islands, I’ve been exposed to many cooking traditions. Chicken souse, however, stood out. On the weekends, I would beg my grandmother to make it so I could enjoy the wonderful mix of flavorful spices and rich, succulent chicken. Even just the thought of it brings back fond memories.


• 3 lbs chicken, cut into small pieces
• 3 limes, juiced
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 2 cups water
• 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
• 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
• 2 teaspoons onion powder
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon ground allspice
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• 2 tablespoons of salt
• 1/2 cup chopped scallion


1. In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, water, thyme, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, allspice, black pepper, crushed red pepper and salt. Mix until combined.

2. Add the chicken to the bowl and mix until chicken is well-coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.

3. In a large pot, bring the chicken to a boil in the marinade. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

4. Remove the chicken and reserve the cooking liquid.

5. Place the cooked chicken in a bowl and pour the reserved cooking liquid over it. Top with the chopped scallion and mix to combine.

6. Enjoy your chicken souse.

This recipe is a Caribbean classic, sparked with a unique combination of exotic spices and zesty lime juice. This is a recipe I go back to time and time again, perfect for picnics, parties, or just a comforting home-cooked meal. Serve up this delicacy with some boiled yams or bammy for a feast well-illuminated with the aroma of celestial herbs.

Are you feeling like an adventurous cook? Mix things up by using different herbs or adding in other vegetables such as bell peppers. If you’re looking for something similar yet distinct, you could also try jerk chicken or stewed chicken.

No matter what variations you choose, chicken souse will surely warm your heart and fill your stomach with luscious delight. Bon appetite!