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Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken is a traditional flavourful Jamaican stew made with marinated chicken, aromatic spices, and vegetables that is braised down in one pot until tender, creating boast worthy island taste! This chicken recipe is one you'll want to add in your rotation of meals! Serve as part of your main dish with Jamaican Rice and Peas or Easy Jamaican Pigeon “Gungo” Peas and Rice with a side of coleslaw!

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken in Dutch Pot

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Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken is a traditional flavourful Jamaican stew made with marinated chicken, aromatic spices, and vegetables that is braised down in one pot until tender, creating boast worthy island taste! This chicken recipe is one you’ll want to add in your rotation of meals! Serve as part of your main dish with Jamaican Rice and Peas or Easy Jamaican Pigeon “Gungo” Peas and Rice with a side of coleslaw!

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken in Dutch Pot

What is a Jamaican Dutch Pot?

This picture is not just about the absolutely yummy stew chicken, but about the pot used to cook it! This type of pot is called a “Dutch Pot” or “Dutchie”. It’s a staple in the Jamaican culinary culture, and found in many kitchens whether living in Jamaica or abroad. It is a thick iron cooking pot with a tight heavy lid and some believe, the secret behind great-tasting, authentic, Jamaican dishes. I feel it is also important to note that these kinds of pots are extremely loud, and some use them as noisemakers during times of celebration! Unfortunately, this means there’s no sneaking into the pot without everyone in the house knowing! But enough about the pot… let’s talk chicken!

What Is Brown Stew Chicken?

It is an extremely flavourful and comforting Caribbean stew, where the chicken is marinated in aromatic spices and herbs, braised down and complimented with a delicious, savoury gravy. A key ingredient in this dish is the browning. It is a natural food colouring sourced from a blend of caramel, vegetable concentrates and seasonings. It’s commonly used in Caribbean households. This sauce is what’s used to deepen the flavour and colour of this dish.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken Recipe Tips

Marinate Your Chicken – Combine all the ingredients for the marinade and ensure you massage it well into your chicken so the flavours can meld together and penetrate.

Braise Your Chicken – Before allowing your chicken to slowly simmer in the liquids, you want to braise all sides of your meat until browned. It creates a lovely texture on the outside while ensuring the inside remains moist and tender.

Make It a Meal – Add in pieces of potatoes and carrots to turn this dish into a one-pot meal.

Brown Stew Chicken Recipe Ingredients (Screenshot The Grocery List Below)!

Chicken Marinade
Whole Chicken
Onion
Garlic
Escallion
Sprigs Thyme
Bay Leaves
Browning
Scotch Bonnet Pepper
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Paprika
½ tsp Pimento Seeds crushed (Allspice Berries)
Packed Dark Brown Sugar
Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken
Low Sodium Chicken Stock
Medium Red Bell Pepper
½ Medium Green or Yellow Bell Pepper
Ketchup
Soya Sauce (optional)
Salt, more or less to taste
Olive Oil

What to Eat with Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Easy Jamaican Pigeon “Gungo” Peas and Rice & Jamaican Rice and Peas

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Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

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Jamaican & Caribbean // Chicken & Poultry Jamaican // Caribbean
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken is a traditional flavourful Jamaican stew made with marinated chicken, aromatic spices, and vegetables that is braised down in one pot until tender, creating boast worthy island taste! This chicken recipe is one you'll want to add in your rotation of meals! Serve as part of your main dish with Jamaican Rice and Peas or Easy Jamaican Pigeon “Gungo” Peas and Rice with a side of coleslaw!

Ingredients

  • Chicken Marinade
  • 1 Whole Chicken, chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Stalk Scallion, crushed
  • 1-2 Sprigs Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tsp Browning
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper, whole
  • 1 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • ½ tsp Pimento Seeds crushed (Allspice Berries)
  • 2 tsp Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • ½ Medium Red Bell Pepper, julienned
  • ½ Medium Green or Yellow Bell Pepper, julienned
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, more or less to taste
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

1

Prepare the chicken and cut into smaller pieces. In a large mixing bowl or plastic storage bag, combine chicken, onions, scallions, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, browning, brown sugar, all spice (pimento), paprika, salt, black pepper and scotch bonnet. Season the chicken, and allow to marinate for an hour to overnight.

2

Over medium high heat, heat oil in a large dutch oven or skillet. Remove the chicken from the marinade (leaving larger pieces like bay leaves, thyme etc. in the mixing bowl), and braise each side until browned - approx. 5-6 minutes. Reserve marinade.

3

Once the chicken pieces are browned on all sides, stir in the stock and reserved marinade. Cover pot and bring all the ingredients to a boil, approx. 8-10 minutes. Remove the lid, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer. After about a 30 minutes add in the bell peppers, ketchup and soya sauce.

4

Cover and cook until the chicken is very tender and the sauce has reduced by half, about 30-35 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste as desired.

5

Remove the bay leaves, scotch bonnet pepper, scallion stalks, and thyme sprigs. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

If you realize your sauce has not thickened up, combine a mixture of 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp water in a small bowl then add to the pot.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken in Dutch Pot

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