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African Pepper Chicken Soup with Fufu

Here is a spicy chicken soup that is popular in West Africa served with fufu.

Course Main Course
Cuisine West African
Keyword african soup, how to make fufu, spicy chicken soup, west african food,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 485 kcal


  • 1 chicken entire roaster, 3-4 lbs, cut into pieces
  • 1 bay leave
  • 8 cups water

Pepper Paste for Soup

  • 1 onion medium, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup njansa optional
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp basil chopped
  • 2 habanero peppers cored and seed
  • 2 green onions white and green parts chopped


  • 2 plantains green or unripe
  • 16 oz cassava aka: yuca
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 cups water (1.5 cups for firmer fufu)


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces and discard the backbone.

  2. Place the onion, garlic, bouillon, paprika, cilantro, njansa, parsley, basil, habanero and green onion in a food processor. Grind into a puree. Add a little water to get it flowing if needed.

  3. Add the chicken pieces to a large soup pot or Dutch oven then add the water and pepper paste.

  4. Bring to a boil then simmer until the chicken is tender. Add salt to taste before serving.

Prepare the fufu:

  1. Peel the yuca with a potato peeler to remove the outer layer down to the white inner part. Cut into pieces and remove the inner fibrous strands. Cut into 2 inch cubes.

  2. Peel the plantain by taking a small sharp knife to split the peel and pry with your thumb. Cut into 2 inch cubes.

  3. Place all the cubes into a blender or food processor, add 1.5 cups to 2 cups of water and blend into a fine purée or paste. 2 cups of water works better if you want it softer.

  4. Heat the paste in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep stirring to remove any lumps. The paste will turn more yellow as it cooks.

  5. Add ¼ cup water, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for another 8-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
African Pepper Chicken Soup with Fufu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 518mg23%
Potassium 833mg24%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1586IU32%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.