brown stewed chicken

Dear Diary,

This evening’s dinner is Brown Stewed Chicken. I tend to like spicy foods, as Caribbean people generally do. This is another of those recipes that demand very little attention. Sometimes when i buy chicken, I cut it into sections according to the recipe I intend to use it in. Sometimes I even go as far as to pre-season the meat, packaging each portion in freezer bags and freezing them for use at a later date. This makes life a lot easier, especially when the work week gets really busy.

Brown Stewed Chicken and Sides

Browned Stewed Chicken is a dish which is prepared quite often in Jamaican households. It is also seen on both the breakfast and lunch menus in many fast food restaurants. As a breakfast meal, it is accompanied by a side of fried dumplings, boiled yam or green bananas. At dinnertime it may be coupled with a plate of steamed rice.  Although these are the most common side dishes, browned stewed chicken is so tasty it can be had with any number of sides, namely fried plantains, mashed potatoes, potato salads, pumpkin, and rice and peas, just to name a few.

In this recipe I used chili powder for heat, however, the pepper of choice is normally scotch bonnet. If you are not a fan of pepper, you can reduce the amount of pepper used. Some recipes may also use ginger, and add diced Irish potatoes or vegetables such as carrots. The thyme and pimento seeds add a really nice aroma to this dish. The addition of brown sugar is not always done, but I find that this adds a nice color and mild sweetness that I like. It can also be used in conjunction with the browning or as a substitute for imparting color and flavor.

Spicy Brown Stewed Chicken
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This Jamaican style Brown Stewed Chicken recipe will not disappoint. It will give you a burst of Caribbean flavors and have your diners asking for seconds.
Spicy Brown Stewed Chicken
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Print Recipe
This Jamaican style Brown Stewed Chicken recipe will not disappoint. It will give you a burst of Caribbean flavors and have your diners asking for seconds.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash chicken thoroughly with cold water and then cut into bite size pieces
  2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, garlic, crushed pimento, paprika, chilli powder and browning.
  3. Place 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a frying pan and warm it over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and allow it to start caramelizing then add the chicken.
  4. Allow the chicken to brown on each side for approximately two minutes before flipping. Cook for an additional two minutes then add one cup of hot water. Cover the pot and allow the water to reduce to 2/3 its original volume.
  5. Add another cup of hot water and again allow it to reduce by 2/3. Add the thyme, scallion, chopped onions and cloves. Allow the onions to caramelize, then add the last 1/2 cup of hot water.
  6. Cover and allow the water to reduce by 1/2 then add the ketchup. Season with salt to taste and leave to simmer until the sauce thickens to desired consistency.
  7. Remove from the heat and serve.
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