Caribbean Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Caribbean Chicken Soup with Dumplings

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Indulge in the rich flavors of the Caribbean with this tantalizing Caribbean chicken soup recipe. Loaded with hearty root vegetables, this soup is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Whether you’re warming up on a chilly winter evening or simply craving a bowl of soup, this recipe is all you need. So, how do we make this amazing soup? Follow the steps below to bring the flavors of the Caribbean to your kitchen!

Step 1: Infuse the Broth with Flavor

The secret to a successful Caribbean chicken soup is infusing the broth with a medley of unique spices and seasonings. Start by dusting chicken and cow tripe (tripe is optional) pieces with aromatic spices, including allspice, turmeric, salt, and pepper. But wait, there’s more! Elevate the flavor profile by adding freshly grated ginger, garlic, scallions, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, and cilantro. Let the chicken marinate in this flavorful concoction for at least two hours.

Step 2: Prep the Veggies

While the chicken absorbs all those mouthwatering flavors, it’s time to tackle the veggies. Peel and chop root vegetables, such as cassava, sweet potato, carrots, and plantain. For added color and depth, toss in chunks of peeled pumpkin. Once the veggies are peeled and chopped, it’s on to the next step – crafting the signature Caribbean dumpling.

Step 3: Create the Dumplings

Ah, the pièce de résistance – the flour dumplings! These soft, pillowy morsels are essential to any Caribbean-style chicken soup. Fortunately, they’re a breeze to make. Make them by mixing flour, salt, and baking powder, then incorporate cold butter and water to form a soft dough. Roll the dough into small dumplings and set aside for later.

Step 4: Bring It All Together

With the chicken marinated and the dumplings ready, it’s time to make the soup. Heat oil in a deep-bottomed pot, then add the marinated chicken and tripe (if using) to sear for a few minutes. Add the chopped veggies and let them sizzle alongside the chicken, allowing the flavors to meld. Pour enough organic chicken broth to cover everything, then let the soup simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 5: Cook the Dumplings

Now for the fun part – cooking the dumplings! Drop the prepared dumplings into the simmering soup and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until they’re light and fluffy. As they simmer, the dumplings soak up all the savory goodness of the broth, resulting in a burst of flavor with every bite.

Step 6: Indulge in a bowl of comfort – Caribbean Style

And there you have it – a steaming pot of Caribbean-style chicken soup that’s sure to delight your taste buds. Serve it with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro or green onions, and watch as smiles light up the faces of everyone around the table. Happy eating!

Caribbean Style Chicken Soup

This is a delicious, savory soup full of Caribbean flavor. It's full of hearty, healthy root vegetables that will keep you happily full for hours. Enjoy on a cold winter evening or anytime you're craving soup.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time for Marinade 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 8
Calories 376 kcal


  • 1 pound chicken thighs cut up into stew size pieces may use boneless chicken thighs
  • .75 pound beef tripe, cut into small pieces may be omitted
  • 8 cups chicken stock, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil may use any cooking oil
  • 2 cups pumpkin, diced
  • 2 cups cassava, peeled and rough chopped
  • 1 cup caribbean sweet potato, rough chopped
  • 1 large half ripe plantain, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 large carrot, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp ginger root, grated
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and diced alternatively, you can drop the whole pepper into the soup
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped may be omitted
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp each of black pepper, turmeric, allspice powder to taste

Ingredients for Flour Dumplings

  • 1 cup einkorn flour may use all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder may be omitted
  • 1 tbsp butter or vegan spread
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water enough to form a soft dough


  • Wash, peel and cut all vegetables and aromatics. Set aside.
  • Wash chicken and tripe if using and season with salt, pepper, turmeric, and allspice powder.
  • Add garlic, ginger, scotch bonnet, scallion and thyme to the meat and use hands to mix well. Set aside to marinate at least one hour.
  • Heat avocado oil over medium heat. Add meat and saute for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in all of the root vegetables making sure to blend into the seasoned meat.
  • Add chicken stock to the pot and stir well. Make sure you have enough chicken stock to cover the meat and vegetables.
  • Simmer soup over low-medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in chopped cilantro about five minutes before turning off the stove.

Instructions for Flour Dumplings

  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl.
  • Cut in butter or vegan spread into the flour mixture using hands or a fork until fully incorporated into the flour.
  • Add enough water to flour mix to form into a soft dough. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small logs and cut into small pieces.
  • Roll dough pieces into small, round dumplings.
  • Add dumplings to soup and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until fully cooked through.


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