Chicken Pepper Soup: A Spicy Delicacy


Experience the warmth and zest of Chicken Pepper Soup, a beloved dish in many African cuisines. This soup is a harmonious blend of tender chicken, aromatic spices, and a bold pepper base, creating a comforting yet exhilarating eating experience. Perfect for cold days or as a delightful starter.

Chicken Pepper Soup: A Spicy Delicacy

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 60 mg
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g


  • Chicken pieces (breast and thigh): 600 g (1.3 lbs)
  • Scotch bonnet peppers, finely chopped: 2
  • Ginger, grated: 2 tsp
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3
  • Onion, chopped: 1 medium
  • Chicken broth: 1 liter (34 oz)
  • Lemon grass stalks: 2 (optional)
  • Curry powder: 1 tsp
  • Thyme: 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: For garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Chicken: In a pot, combine chicken, ginger, garlic, onions, and lemon grass. Add enough water to cover.
  2. Cook the Soup: Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add Spices and Peppers: Add scotch bonnet peppers, curry powder, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Serve: Remove lemon grass stalks. Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Adjust the Heat: Control the spiciness by modifying the amount of scotch bonnet peppers.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh ginger and garlic enhance the soup's flavor profile.
  • Lemon Grass Addition: Lemon grass adds a unique citrusy aroma, but it's optional.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this soup less spicy?

Yes, reduce or omit the scotch bonnet peppers.

Is this soup suitable for freezing?

Yes, it freezes well. Thaw and reheat before serving.

Can I use other parts of the chicken?

Absolutely, chicken wings or drumsticks also work well.