Jamaican Chicken Soup

This is literally the easiest thing you'll ever make. And I'll probably say this about everything I post here. Today we're going to Fred's little sister's graduation and I'm doing makeup on two faces on top of everything else so I figured I'll do the one thing I don't have to hover over constantly. And why not write a post about it in the mean time right? 





INGREDIENTS

3-4 Chicken Leg Quarters
Dumpling (I'll have that recipe below)
2 Packs of Soup Mix (Because I'm not adding any pumpkin to this which you can do, along with cho-cho, corn on the cob & yam, I'm using the pumpkin flavor)
2 Medium Potatoes
2 Medium Carrots 
2 stalks of Scallion
Scotch Bonnet Pepper (red,yellow,green,orange - the color doesn't matter once it's uncut)

METHOD FOR SOUP
Wash, clean and cut up your chicken (see video below for reference).
Put the cleaned chicken in a large stock pot and fill with enough water to cover the chicken. (The more water, the more soup, less water, less soup).
Put it on the stove and set your burner to high. Let that boil for 30 mins. 
While your chicken is boiling start making your dumplings. Add them to the pot. Stir your pot to prevent the dumplings from sticking.
After 30 mins go ahead and add your potatoes, carrots, (pumpkin,yam,cho-cho),  scallions(beat a little with the back of a big spoon), pepper and soup mix. 
Stir your pot to make sure the soup mix is properly distributed.
Cover half of your pot with its lid. 
Check on it after 30 minutes stirring and testing the potatoes & carrots.
If they're done, your soup is ready! I like to leave mine for an extra 15 to 20 mins but once your potatoes are cooked you can eat! 
INGREDIENTS FOR DUMPLINGS
4 cups of flour  
1 1/4 teaspoons of salt 
(some people like to add cornmeal to their dumplings, that is a personal choice and completely optional)
1 cup of warm water

METHOD FOR DUMPLINGS




I'll probably need to do a video for this but for now, here we go. Your hands will get messy so PLEASE make sure they are clean before you start. 
In a large bowl add your dry ingredients and blend them together with your hands.
Slowly begin to add your water as you roll and knead the flour mixture into a dough. 
If it gets too sticky add some more flour a little at a time. (just dip your hand into the flour)
As it begins to form, roll it out length wise and then break of palm sized balls. (pics below)
Form your balls into dumplings as best as you can and then add them to your pot of boiling water. 
Stir immediately to help prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
When your dumplings start to float they're done. (about 30 minutes)


Lori Stewart

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