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Chicken Soup with Shrimp

Chicken Soup with Shrimp Recipe

This delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup recipe loaded with juicy jumbo shrimp will send your tastebuds into overdrive!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dinner, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine Caribbean, International, Jamaican
Servings 4


  • ½ whole chicken cut into bite-size pieces
  • 300 g jumbo shrimp raw, peeled and deveined
  • 1 kg pumpkin
  • 3.5 - 4 L water
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 stalks scallion bruised
  • 1 small bunch thyme
  • ½ tsp scotch bonnet pepper or to taste
  • 6-8 pimento seeds
  • 1 large carrot chopped
  • 1 lb yellow yam diced
  • ½ lb sweet potato (optional), chopped
  • 1 small irish potato (optional), chopped
  • 2 cobs sweet corn (optional), chopped
  • 1 pk chicken noodle soup mix powdered, seasoned


  • In a bowl, cut up and wash the raw chicken.
  • Wash, peel and cut the pumpkin into large chunks.
  • Add water to a large ‘soup’ pot and put to boil.
  • Immediately add the chicken, chunks of pumpkin and corn to the pot.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper, pimento, scotch bonnet pepper and half the portion of garlic, thyme and chopped onions.
  • Stir the pot and cook uncovered for 30 - 40 minutes.
  • When pumpkin chunks get soft, use a large spoon to crush them smooth.
  • Add carrots, yam and sweet potatoes, stir the pot and boil for 15 -20 minutes more.
  • Top up the pot with water and bring it to a boil for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Next, add 1 pack powdered chicken noodle soup mix, scallions and the rest of chopped fresh seasoning, stir the soup, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the cover, stir the soup and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Taste the soup for adequate saltiness/flavour. Please note: If the soup is bland and requires more flavour, add 1 teaspoon of salt and more chopped garlic, onion and thyme.
  • Finally, add shrimp, stir the pot and cook for 5 - 8 minutes more.
  • Your delicious surf and turf - Chicken and Shrimp Soup is ready!
  • Serve hot, Bless up and enjoy it!
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