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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
There isn’t a day or occasion that isn’t good enough for soup. It is had at parties, funerals, weddings and just for dinner at home. It is a great start to the day, a great filling lunch or a hearty dinner.
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Jamaican Chicken Soup is perfect for the ill and recovering, great for babies or those who just are not in the best mood and would like something warm and comforting. It is a great meal that is packed with loads of vitamins and minerals.
It is the definition of a complete one-pot meal because you only need one pot big and it will be enough to feed the entire family and neighbours and friends who just might pass by.
What is awesome too is how customizable it is. You can add or take away quite a few ingredients without taking away from the taste and nutritious benefits. That is, of course, if you keep the non-negotiable ingredients.
Every Jamaican family has their own way of making chicken soup that is usually passed down from elders to youngsters. But there are a few must-haves, there have to be vegetables and ground provisions, for example, chow chow, okra, yellow yam, Irish potatoes, carrots and dumplings are also a must-have whether they are whole dumplings or small spinners.
Another must-have is the chicken, otherwise, it wouldn’t even be chicken soup right? But even then you will find variations of chicken soup, there is the chicken back soup which uses only the carcass of the chicken once the legs, thighs, breasts and wings are removed, you also have chicken foot and neck soup which uses the neck and feet of the chicken.
However, most times when we say chicken soup without specifying if it's the back, neck or feet, we are referring to soup made with the breast or sometimes thighs of the chicken.
The final thing you will need is your seasonings. To season our soups we use a variety of fresh herbs and spices such as garlic, scallion and thyme, pimento seeds and scotch bonnet pepper. Adding a packet or two of the island's popular soup mixes are also a must-have whether it is a Maggi chicken soup mix or grace cock soup mix, the soup just won’t taste complete without either.
Alright, so how do we make this deliciously warm and comforting meal you ask? Well, it’s quite easy. Here are all the ingredients you need to make a pot of Jamaican Chicken soup for your entire family:
Serve in large soup bowls and enjoy your delicious creation.
There really is no set time for how long a pot of soup will take to make. This is because it is made up of a lot of ground provisions and those tend to vary in cook time depending on where they were grown.
You will find that it may take you an hour and a half to make today, and you try next week and it takes an extra hour. But one thing is for certain, the bigger your pot, the longer it takes, so be patient, it will definitely be worth it.
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