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Spicy Jerk Chicken Soup Recipe

This spicy jerk chicken soup recipe is delicious, flavorful, and very spicy thanks to Grace Foods Jamaican jerk seasoning.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Inactive Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 446kcal


  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil divided
  • 2 yellow onions peeled and quartered
  • 5.5- pound whole chicken giblets, and neck reserved for another use
  • 6 tablespoons Grace Foods Jamaican Jerk Seasoning or your favorite Jamaican jerk sauce
  • 10 cups of water plus more for the soup
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 4 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 5 ribs celery with leaves trimmed and diced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked black cardamom optional
  • Cooked white rice for serving
  • Minced scallions for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the stock:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the quartered onions and sauté for 6 minutes. Add the jerk sauce and sizzle it for 1 minute.
  • Add the whole chicken and cover with 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 2–3 hours or until the chicken nearly falls off the bone. The broth will reduce pretty significantly. Taste the broth and add salt, if needed.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool. Transfer to the refrigerator overnight.

Pick the chicken from the bones:

  • The next day, remove the chicken from the broth. The broth will be quite congealed because of the collagen.
  • Pick the chicken from the bones and discard the carcass.
  • Transfer the pot of congealed broth to the stovetop. Turn the heat to medium. As soon as the broth has returned to liquid, strain through a sieve, and discard any solids. You will have about 4–5 cups of spicy broth for the soup.
  • Wipe out the pot and return it to the stovetop.

Prepare the soup:

  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of neutral oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrots, and celery (with leaves!) and sauté for 10 minutes until beginning to brown in spots—season with salt and pepper. Add the smoked black cardamom and cook for 45 seconds until fragrant.

Simmer the soup:

  • Add the chicken to the pot. Measure the spicy broth base before adding. You'll want about 8 cups of the liquid total for the soup, so if you have 4 cups of broth base, add 4 cups of additional water. Add the broth base and the water as needed and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender—taste and season with salt and pepper.

To serve:

  • Spoon warm, cooked rice between bowls and ladle the soup on top. Garnish with minced scallions. Enjoy!


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 7mg
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