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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 7 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.


Calories: 280kcal
Keyword Jamaican brown stew chicken
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