This chicken and plantain pepper soup recipe I want to share today is one of many Nigerian delicacies. It is easy, simple, tasty, and good for cold weather however, you can eat it anytime/weather you like. If I want to eat it when the weather is not cold I usually reduce the pepper I’m going to add to it so it won’t disturb my stomach.
Usually, the pepper soup is cooked without plantains but things change and plantain is one of the ingredients most people want to have in the soup. For this chicken and plantain pepper soup, I sed a very ripped plantain but if you like unripe plantain or if it is what you have, feel free to use it but you’ll need to cook the plantain a little bit longer than I did.
You might want to try;
- 8 pieces of chicken (I used the guinea fowl)
- 1 Ripe plantain (peeled and cut into 8 rings)
- 2 Habanero/rodo (adjust to your preference)
- 2 Tablespoons paprika powder for color; (optional)
- 2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Dry ground pepper (ata gigun)
- 1 tablespoon pepper soup spice
- Seasoning powder/cube
- 1/8 cup onion (chopped)
- Salt to taste
- A handful of herbs of your choice. (you can use mint/efinrin/scent leaves or your choice)
Clean your chicken and remove any excess fats, clean the habanero (rodo), and set aside with other ingredients. Clean the chicken very well and add to a pot, pour about 4 cups of water, seasoning powder, onion, salt and boil over medium-high heat.
Boil for about 10 minutes and add the habanero/rodo you can chop it or cut it open and add to the chicken.
Continue to cook when the chicken, depends on how hard your chicken is cook for about 90% then add the remaining ingredients except for the herbs and continue to cook.
Add the plantain (cut up) and boil until the plantain is soft. You don’t want it too soft if not the plantain taste will overpower the pepper soup taste.
Check the seasoning and readjust if necessary. If you desire to add a handful of herb (chopped) and mix.
When it is ready you could leave it for a little bit (heat off) and allow the spices to mellow before serving. You can reheat it if it is cold.
Serve and enjoy.
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