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Authentic Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

If you love chicken you will love this authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken recipe.

Authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken

Packed with flavour from traditional spices this mouthwatering dish will be a catch with the whole family.

Just like Jamaican curry chicken, the chicken is de-skinned, washed with lime and chopped into small pieces, seasoned and cooked down in a tasty sauce.

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How To Cook Brown Stew Chicken

Step 1. Remove any skin or fat from the chicken and wash it with lime and water.

Step 2. Drain the water away and chop the chicken into small pieces. i.e. a drum stick into two pieces.

Step 3. Season with chicken or all-purpose seasoning, salt, browning sauce, onion, scallion, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic. Coat the chicken well and leave to marinate.

Step 4. Heat about half cup of oil in a pot. Separate the chicken and the seasoning and place the chicken pieces in the pot to fry.

Step 5. Fried the chicken for three to five minutes, making sure all sides are brown.

Step 6. Pour away the oil leaving about a tablespoon in the pot. Add the seasoning, carrot, tomato and bell peppers and sauté for about three minutes.

Step 7. Add the chicken and enough water to just about cover the chicken in the pot. Cover and cooked for about twenty to thirty minutes.

Authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken ingredients includes browning sauce and kitchen to thicken the gravy.

The kitchen also add a slight sweet taste to the dish.

In Jamaican brown stew chicken is usually eaten for Sunday with rice and peas, the recipe you can find here.

But brown stew chicken go well and commonly serve with plain rice or boiled dumpling and boiled green banana.

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Authentic Jamaican brown stew chicken

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

If you love chicken, you are going to love the delicious taste of this Jamaican brown stew chicken.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 280 kcal


  • 3 lb chicken
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic  crushed
  • ½ bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium carrot thinly chopped
  • 1 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 3 stalks scallion chopped
  • ½ Scotch Bonnet Pepper seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 tsp  all-purpose or chicken seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves** (optional)
  • 1 tbsp browning
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Lime/lemon


  • Clean the chicken, (remove skin and fat) and wash it in water with lime/lemon juice.
  • Drain away as much of the excess water from the chicken and chopped into small pieces.
  • Add onion, garlic, scallion, Scotch Bonnet Pepper, thyme, cloves, all-purpose or chicken seasoning, half tsp of salt and the browning. Rub all the ingredients in to the chicken. Once the chicken is fully coated with the seasoning, leave to marinate for about a hour.
  • Heat enough cooking oil in a frying pan that will cover the chicken pieces just half way.
  • Remove the onion, garlic, thyme, pepper, scallion, clover from the chicken as much as possible. Add chicken pieces to the hot oil and fry for no more than 5 minutes. Make sure all sides are fried.
  • Pour away the cooking oil leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan on medium heat. Add the marinate you remove from the chicken.
  • Stir in the carrot, bell pepper and tomato and sauté three minutes.
  • Add 2 cups off water, ketchup and cook until the pot starts bubbling then add the chicken.
  • Stir, cover and leave to cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Once the water is reduced to a thick gravy and the chicken is cooked, your Jamaican stew chicken is ready!


** The cloves in this recipe is optional. It is not a traditional ingredient but I like the taste it adds to this particular recipe and I thought you may want to try it as well.
Keyword Jamaican brown stew chicken

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  1. 5 stars
    Love the recipe. My family and I love brown stew chicken. Good job, thanks!

  2. Shea Harrison

    5 stars
    Loved my brown stew chicken. Thanks for the recipe

  3. Thank you! I had a hankering and finding this recipe made me so happy!

    • Hiya am making this tomorrow want to do chicken tonight and leave overnight to marinate. Could you please tell me which you prefer chicken or all purpose seasoning I have both. Thank you

  4. 5 stars
    I made the curry chicken and it was a big hit! Thank you so much and look forward to trying the other recipes.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was brilliant! Went down very well with my family, tasted great.

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