Curry… Jamaican Style

Chicken - Yard Bird

Five years of living in Kingston changed my taste buds forever. There are days when I literally “fiend” for a taste of “home.”

Today was one of those days…. I cooked Jamaican style curried chicken.

Chicken is ubiquitous throughout the world. But, there is nothing like a tough Jamaican yardbird, cooked to succulent tenderness in curry sauce.

Perhaps one of the best things about curry is its main ingredient = turmeric, which is an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory antioxidant that has  numerous proven health benefits. Among other things, it is good for cleansing the liver, treating arthritis, cancer, heart disease and preventing Alzheimers. (See here for more: http://turmerichealthbenefits.org/)

Curried food dishes reached Jamaica with indentured East Indian laborers, who worked on sugar plantations, as did African slaves. Over time, these dishes were incorporated as staples in Jamaican cuisine. Today, there are special blends of Jamaican curry powder (which tastes substantially different from Madras and other versions).

This recipe is for curried chicken but is also GREAT with other meats, most notably goat, which I also love.

Jamaican Style Curried Chicken

Jamaican Style Curried Chicken

 

INGREDIENTS

1x chicken (cut into small pieces)
¼ cup oil (vegetable or peanut)
1x onion (chopped)
4x escallion (sliced thin, including stems)
½ red bell pepper (chopped)
4x white potatoes (cut in chunks)

 

MARINADE

2x limes (juiced)
2 tbs garlic (crushed)
1 tsp allspice
1 tbs ginger (powder)

SEASONING

6 tbs curry powder (Jamaican style)
1 tsp thyme (leaves)
2 tbs chicken bouillon (powder)
1 tsp pepper (crushed red, optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

MIX marinade in a large bowl
RUB into chicken pieces
MARINATE for 1 hour
HEAT oil in a large/deep skillet
BROWN chicken in oil; REMOVE & set aside
ADD onion, escallion & bell pepper to “dirty” oil
ADD potatoes
ADD seasoning
RETURN chicken to pot
ADD water
MIX well
COVER & COOK on low heat until potatoes are done (about 20 minutes)

SERVE with steamed rice, boiled green banana and pineapple slices on the side… with an icy cold Red Stripe beer to wash it down.

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