Authentic Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken
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Authentic Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken








Authentic Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Jamaican
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Serves: 6-8
This is one of the many favourite dishes of my country Jamaica and one that is always requested by others
  • • 1 whole chicken ( about 5lbs)
  • • 2 medium onions ( 1 diced and 1 sliced)
  • • 1 sprig rosemary
  • • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • • Pinch of salt
  • • 2 tsp black pepper
  • • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • • 2 tsp adobe all purpose seasoning
  • • 2 tsp Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • • 1 tsp all spice
  • • 2 tsp Jamaican browning, ( can be substituted with kitchen bouquet)
  • • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • • ⅓ cup oil
  • • 1 ½ cups red, yellow and green bell pepper ( use any color you have)
  • • 3 cups of carrots
  • • 2 tbsp hot sauce ( I used scotch bonnet)
  • • 1 cup chicken broth
  • • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp herb marinade ( check my blog for recipe of fresh herb marinade
  1. Directions
  2. Cut chicken into pieces, remove skin. (this is optional). Wash chicken with water and distilled vinegar. Season chicken with all the dry seasonings, the rosemary, thyme, minced onions ( save the sliced onions for later) and browning. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (more if possible). In a heavy pot with lid, heat oil on high, brown chicken pieces, just to give them a nice brown color, you do not want to fry them dark. Being, sure that you remove whatever onion, thyme and rosemary pieces. When each batch is done, you can put them back in the same bowl you have the seasoned chicken, so not to dirty anymore dish. When you are done, add the sliced onions and sauté for about 2 minutes, then add the brown sugar stir till dissolved about 3 minutes, then the diced bell peppers, ketchup, hot sauce, and carrots, stir to combine really well. Add the chicken pieces back in the pot add 1 cup chicken broth and stir, cover and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add ½ cup of water and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve with rice or baked potatoes
  4. Note: See my blog of mixed baked potatoes with vegetables, that I served with this chicken.
  5. This chicken is amazing as a left over.


Hello, I am a wife and mother who just love cooking for my family and friends. Cooking is a great passion of mine. I am Jamaican and love to cook Jamaican dishes, but my children do not always agree with what they like, so I have had to change recipes around for there liking .