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How to Cook Delicious Nigerian Chicken Pepper Soup

Eunice loves to cook food from her native Nigerian cuisine and share her recipes with others.

Nigerian pepper soup with chicken

Nigerian pepper soup with chicken

Healing Soup for the Winter

Everyone loves pepper soup! In Nigeria this dish is often eaten during the winter months, especially when one has caught a cold. This is because the peppers and spices contain healing properties that help warm up the body. Any meat or fish can be used to prepare pepper soup, but this recipe uses chicken.

Pair this soup with bread buns, rice or plain corn pudding (agidi).

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  • 1 small piece ginger
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 10 (or more) mixed habanero peppers
  • 1 teaspoon uziza seeds (piper guineese), ground
  • 1 teaspoon uda (negro pepper), ground
  • 1 teaspoon ehuru (African calabash nutmeg), ground
  • 1/2 kilo chicken
  • 5 leaves basil or scent leaves, thinly sliced

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

40 min

50 min

2 servings


  1. Wash the chicken parts and put them in a cooking pot or pan.
  2. Add blended peppers, onion, salt, bouillon cubes, ginger and garlic. If you don't have fresh ginger and garlic, you can use ginger and garlic powder. Stir and allow the chicken to marinate for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and allow the meat to steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of water, ground uziza and uda. Stir and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Add sliced basil or scent leaves. Cover and allow to boil for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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