Jamaican curry chicken recipe

Jamaican curry chicken recipe

If you are going try any Jamaican recipe, try the Jamaican curry chicken recipe. Like all Jamaican cuisines, its busting with flavour. This delicious dish is one for the chicken lovers.  

Try our Jamaican curry chicken recipe below for a curry dish that is bursting with flavour.

Jamaican curry chicken recipe

Jamaican curry chicken recipe

Khaydean Powell
The Jamaican curry chicken recipe is simple, easy to make and is very tasty.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 238 kcal


  • lbs Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Salt Or salt to your liking
  • 5 pimento berries
  • 3 Cloves garlic Crushed
  • 1 Medium onion Chopped
  • 3 Sprig of fresh thyme
  • 2 Medium carrots Chopped
  • 1 Small potato Diced
  • 1 ½ tsp Freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Small scotch bonnet pepper seeds removed and findly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Cooking oil
  • Boiling water

Wash the chicken

  • 1 lime/lemon To wash the chicken
  • 1 tsp Vinegar To wash the chicken


  • Remove the skin (if there is any) from the chicken and cut it into small pieces. With the juice from the lime/lemon and the vinegar, wash the chicken in come water. Drain away all the excess water from the chicken. Dry with kitchen towel if necessary.
  • In a kitchen bowl, add the chicken, onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, pimento berries, ginger, salt, the curry powder and vigorously mix everything together and leave to arinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a sauce pot add the cooking oil and put to hot on medium heat.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the oil and stir well. Let the chicken cook until lightly brown. Don't let the pot burn, add a tip of water if necessary.
  • Stir in the carrot and potato. Add water enough to cover the chicken in the pot. Cover and leave to cook for 25-30 minutes. Stir occassionally.


Instead of curry powder you can also turmeric. I tend to use turmeric in my carries these days. But when using turmeric you won't need as much as you when using curry powder. 
Jamaican curry chicken serve best with hard food or with pumpkin rice or rice and peas
Keyword Jamaican curry chicken recipe


Khaydean Powell

My name is Khaydean and I am the founder of Jamaican foods and recipes. I am a food enthusiast and I am here sharing with you my love for food. Born Jamaican living in the UK and wants the world to learn about Jamaica's culinary culture.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Cassie

    Yum! This is a fantastic recipe to add to my grocery list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Amber Myers

    5 stars
    This looks like a tasty dish! I bet my family will enjoy it. I’ll have to make it for dinner one evening.

  3. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a go!

  4. Chrissie

    5 stars
    Yum! My curry-loving husband would love this. I’ll have to make it for him!

  5. Nadalie Bardo

    5 stars
    Curry chicken is one of my favorite meals of all time! Love being Jamaican.

  6. Tanya

    Have u updated the version of the receipe?? im sure this isn’t the same as a few months ago which WAS spot on!…..

    1. Khaydean Powell

      The only update to this post is the image and the layout. The recipe and instruction is the same.

  7. Erin

    Hello, I was wondering how spicy this recipe is? The curry I happened to have while I was in Jamaica wasn’t spicy but I didn’t know if that is common for Jamaican curry or not. Thanks!

  8. Angela Gooden

    5 stars
    This recipe was so good! I used beef stew meat instead of chicken and let it simmer a bit longer. It was absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lauran

    5 stars
    Love this recipes. I made it yesterday for dinner, the family loved it. Thanks

  10. Rocky

    5 stars
    I added some creamed coconut and cumin 🙂

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