Every Caribbean Island has there own version of this, it’s basically chicken and gravy. However everyone cooks theirs differently. My mam adds browning to create the gravy colour, but me I like to use brown sugar. you won’t find me using a lot of chicken breast in my recipes as I favour the brown meat a lot more, although its not as healthy it is a lot tastier. To be honest cooking from scratch is the healthiest option!
I used a whole chicken which I cut in to different portions for this, but you could use 1 Packet of chicken thighs bone in skin removed.
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Black pepper
3-4 cloves of minced garlic
2 teaspoon of brown sugar
4 stalks of scallions chopped.
1-2 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 large onion (chopped)
1/2 red and green pepper
1 healthy sprig of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon of hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
300 ml hot water
Make sure to wash your chicken with lemon or vinegar and pat dry with a paper towel.
Season the chicken with the salt , black pepper, garlic, sugar and scallion and leave to marinade. Overnight is my option but no less than 4 hour before is the time I would then allow the seasoning soak in the chicken.
In a large pan heat the oil and dust the scallions etc off the chicken and fry the chicken for a few minutes on each side until brown.
Remove chicken from the pan.
With the oil still in pan add the onion, scallions and peppers, sauté until onion is transparent.
Add the thyme , 1/2 the hot water, ketchup, hot pepper sauce and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.
Taste and season accordingly.
Add the chicken and the rest of the water, cover the pot and let it simmer for 30/35 minutes.
WARNING : The smell at this point is near enough heavenly.
I served mine with brown rice and boiled corn on the cob. But rice and peas is a great option for this.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.