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New Year Tradition
2017-01-06 13:18:28 by Elise Roberts

Photo of Bahamian Chicken Souse

One of my favourite things about the holidays are the traditions. They’re the things you do every year that make it feel like “That time of the year”. While it’s served all year round, for most Bahamians, there is nothing like a good bowl of Chicken Souse with a slice of Johnny Cake or Homemade Bread on New Years Day.

Chicken Souse is an easy traditional Bahamian soup, typically made with chicken wings, potatoes, carrots, onions, lime, hot pepper and all spice. Every family has their own tweaks to the recipe, even changing slightly from generation to generation, and I am going to share with you mine.

Abaco Chicken Souse:
  • 24 Chicken Wings (or 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast)
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3-4 carrots diced
  • 4-5 red potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1-2 cups lime and/or sour orange juice
  • all spice (1 TBS ground, 3-4 TBS whole or 6-8 fresh leaves broken)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • water (or chicken stock if using boneless chicken)
  • 1 TBS vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chili pepper(for optional heat)


Drizzle vegetable oil in the bottom of a large pot. Cook onion and celery until onion becomes translucent. Add carrots, potatoes, lime/sour orange juice(I like to use both), chicken(I prefer boneless), all spice(I use the fresh leaves), bay leaves, enough water(or chicken stock if you use boneless chicken) to cover everything, and salt & pepper to taste. Add chill pepper if you want some extra heat. Cover and boil until chicken is thoroughly cooked and potatoes are done(usually about 40 minutes). Scoop out and discard the leaves and serve with fresh Johnny Cake or Homemade Bread.

*Side-Note: This recipe can be done in a crock pot as well. Again, just cook on high until chicken and potatoes are done.

While this is a recipe that can be cooked anywhere in the world, what could be better than having a relaxing walk on the beach immediately after? Feeling the sand between your toes and the fresh salty air all around you, “Sunnyside Up” in Casuarina Point is the perfect place to make that dream happen! This turnkey 2 bed/2 bath elevated home has an open floor plan allowing the cool Abaco breeze to flow freely throughout the house. The ground floor has a carport, laundry and storage for the generator, hurricane shutters and air condition unit. Make that bowl of souse chicken with fresh limes from your yard, as the property is full of mature bearing fruit trees. This home is located only moments away from the community boat ramp, as well as the beautiful mile-long Casuarina Point beach.

Sounds perfect to me!