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Simple African Chicken pepper soup

Chicken pepper soup – Sometimes, a comforting bowl of soup is all you need. This easy to put together chicken pepper soup is loaded with spicy, bold, and hearty flavors. It’s so easy to make and you can hardly go wrong putting this together.

African Chicken Pepper soup with plantains

How to make Chicken Pepper Soup

Hardly, will you get to any inn house or restaurant in Nigeria and other African restaurants abroad and not find Pepper soup. Consider serving this soup with homemade No-knead dinner rolls or this crusty No-knead bread.

 Why I like this soup

  • Broth = Good for the health.
  • Chicken = Good home-raised chicken.
  • Green Plantains = Good Carb 
  • Peppersoup spice – Medicinal

 

This chicken pepper soup is loaded with spicy, bold, and hearty flavors.

This outstanding delicacy is highly medicinal, made with aromatic spices, and it can be eaten at any time of the day. Some prefer to eat it when recuperating after childbirth; some like to have it when they want to recover from cold or flu while others eat because they like it. Like I do! I honestly feel anything going into the body should have some great health benefits, whether in sickness or in health.

The ingredients used in making pepper soup gives you a whole package of nourishment and flavor; right from the cooking process, the entire atmosphere is filled with the strong aromatic smell of the spices. Funny enough, I believe in the notion that if anyone is recuperating, the healing process starts from you even just perceiving the aroma of the soup.

 

 

You can have Pepper soup in various forms like Cat Fish Pepper Soup, Goat Meat Pepper Soup, Cow Leg Pepper Soup, or Assorted Meat Pepper Soup. It’s just a matter of substituting and going for your preferred type of protein.

On many occasions, starchy foods like yam, potatoes, or unripe plantains can be introduced to the soup to make it a complete meal. In this recipe, I used green plantains – plantains are highly nutritious and a good source of iron.

Chicken pepper soup Ingredients

  • Chicken – I always prefer to use the home raised chicken, their meat is tougher, they have less fat and they are tasty!
  • Crayfish – This adds a deeper depth of flavor to the soup
  • pepper soup spice – one of the chief ingredients in this soup filled will spices and aromatics. You can buy it here.
  • Stacy food – like green Plantains, potatoes or yam makes a good source of carbs. 
  • Herbs, peppers and aromatics like Garlic cloves, Ginger root, onion, Fresh Basil leaves and scotch bonnets
  • Seasoning powder – Adds that umami flavor to the soup
  • Salt to taste 

 

Notes:

  • Adding a starchy food to this soup is totally optional, however, if you want to make this a full meal then it’s advisable to add it.
  • If the starchy food stays too long in the soup (like the second day or more) it releases its starch inside the food. The starch released will thicken the consistency of the soup. I personally don’t mind, in fact, I like it. However, I know some people may not want that slight change in the consistency of the soup.
  • I always prefer to use the home raised chicken, their meat is tougher, they have less fat and they are tasty!
  • Rinsing the chicken is something I practice. However, if you don’t believe in washing your chicken, you can skip that step
  • I often get the home raised chicken in ethnic stores like the Asian stores. However, if you can’t get them, feel free to use the bigger chicken that is quite easy to find.
  • If you choose to add more water than the recommended amount of water given in the recipe, I’ll I suggest to taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Other African soup and stew recipes you might want to try:

This chicken pepper soup is loaded with spicy, bold, and hearty flavors.

Chicken pepper soup

Sometimes, a comforting bowl of soup is all you need. This easy to put together chicken pepper soup is loaded with spicy, bold, and hearty flavors. It’s so easy to make and you can hardly go wrong putting this together.
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course, starter
Cuisine: African
Keyword: chicken pepper soup, homemade, pepper soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken
  • 2 Tbsp Crayfish
  • 3 inches ginger root
  • 1 Tbsp pepper soup spice
  • 6 to 8 cups water or as needed
  • 2 scotch bonnets
  • 1 onion
  • 2 plantains Green
  • 3 to 4 tsp seasoning powder About 3 cubes
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh Basil leaves

Instructions

  • Blend onions, ginger, garlic, and scotch bonnet and set aside.
  • Cut the chicken into pieces and clean thoroughly.
  • Put the cleaned chicken inside a pot. Add the blended mixture, seasoning powder and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly and leave to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the pepper soup spice, crayfish, and water. Stir and leave to cook for another 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel the plantains and cut them into about 2-inch chunks.
  • Add the cut plantains inside the cooking soup and leave to cook for 15 to 20 minutes or till the plantains become tender
  • Stir in the basil leaves and serve hot or warm.

Notes

  • Adding a starchy food to this soup is totally optional, however, if you want to make this a full meal then it’s advisable to add it.
  • If the starchy food stays too long in the soup (like the second day or more) it releases its starch inside the food. The starch released will thicken the consistency of the soup. I personally don’t mind, in fact, I like it. However, I know some people may not want that slight change in the consistency of the soup.
  • I always prefer to use the home raised chicken, their meat is tougher, they have less fat and they are tasty!
  • Rinsing the chicken is something I practice. However, if you don’t believe in washing your chicken, you can skip that step
  • I often get the home raised chicken in ethnic stores like the Asian stores. However, if you can’t get them, feel free to use the bigger chicken that is quite easy to find.
  • If you choose to add more water than the recommended amount of water given in the recipe, I’ll I suggest to taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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Blessing silver

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Please what if you cooked it without plantains green

Lola Osinkolu

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Green plantains are optional.

Chioma

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Hi Lola. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. Please what's the name of your blender and where can I find it? Does it allow heavy food like crushing beans

Ann

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Where do you purchase the pepper soup spice and what spice is this? It said here on your page you can purchase it, but there is no link.

Ann Omosowofa

Wednesday 25th of December 2019

Thanks

Lola Osinkolu

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

You are welcome :)

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