African Pepper Soup(Chicken)

African pepper soup is a delightfully ,intensely flavored soup that is served throughout West Africa, especially in Nigeria, Cameroon and other neighboring African countries.

Course Main
Cuisine African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 283 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 3- 3 1/2 pound 1.3-1.5 kg chicken cut in pieces
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4-5 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Maggi or bouillon granules
  • 2 green onion chopped whites and green parts
  • 3-5 tablespoon parsley / basil any fresh herb
  • 1-3 Scotch bonnet or habanera pepper
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Njansa optional


  1. Place all the spices in the blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is puree
  2. Add to the pot of chicken, add water about 7-8 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until chicken is tender. Discard bay leaf, add water if necessary.
  3. Adjust for seasonings and thickness. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  1. I like using fresh hen(stewing chicken ) to cook pepper soup- yields more flavor.
  2. Njansa is available in some African markets . You can also purchase on line
  3. The basic ingredients that you need in other to enjoy pepper soup is hot pepper, onions, garlic, ginger then the list goes on with ethnic spices that range from lemon grass to more universal spices like allspice, cumin, curry, fennel seeds. I kept this recipe simple , so anyone, anywhere can try this soup. Use any protein of choice ( goat meat, chicken, fish,  beef, ovals.)