You will find Chicken Souse simmering away on most cooktops on the weekends in the Bahamas. This dish pronounced “sow-se” also the word used to describe someone who has had too much to drink, is known as a hangover cure. Add in a few dashes of Old sour and serve with Johnny Cakes. Chicken Souse can easily be a meal by itself.
Chicken Souse Pronounced “Sowse”
- 2 lbs chicken wings and drumsticks
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 large scotch bonnet habanero, serranos or jalapenos, chopped
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 1 tablespoon allspice
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large white or yellow onion
- 2 large carrot peeled and chopped
- 2 celery sticks chopped
- 2 large potatoes peeled and diced
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- In a large air tight container, mix together the lime, season salt, pepper, allspice and bay leaves.
- Add in the chicken, stir well and marinate for 12-24 hours.
- In a large dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat
- Add in the chicken pieces reserving the marinade, cook until browned on all sides, and set aside.
- Add in the onions, carrots and celery, sauté until tender about 5 minutes.
- Add in the potatoes and fresh thyme.
- Return the browned chicken to the pot along with reserved marinade.
- Add enough water to cover the chicken in the pot.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chicken meat is falling off the bone.
- Remove the chicken and de-bone it, adding back into the pot the chicken meat.
- Add salt to taste.
- Remove the allspice berries and bay leaves.
- Serve with old sour, extra limes and Johnny cakes.