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Jamaican Curry Chicken

Jamaican Curry Chicken

Fallon Brooks
Curry Chicken or Chicken Curry whatever you like, curry in any form or name is unparalleled. Its diversity offers endless options.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 people


  • 2 lbs chicken quarts cut into medium chunky pieces
  • 4 tbsp Jamaican curry powder or Indian curry powder
  • 2 tbsp bouillon
  • small piece of ginger smashed
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 10 single pimento
  • 2 spring thyme
  • Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero you be the judge
  • 1 medium-large potato chopped
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • cooking oil


  • Clean and cut chicken into medium chunky pieces.
  • Season chicken with curry powder, black pepper, salt, bouillon, 5 crushed pimentos, 1 sprig thyme, and ginger. Blend seasoning into the meat very well.
  • Marinating is optional ( 1 hour )
  • In a wide pot and oil and heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 150 degrees celsius. Add half of the chicken to the pot and stir, (adding color) then add the other half and stir. This helps release the flavors and give the chicken color.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low heat and cover pot to cook the chicken. As soon as the meat is almost done, add potatoes and cook until they are almost tender, then add onions, thyme, pimento, garlic, scotch bonnet, and carrots. Stir in together and let simmer until the seasoning releases its flavor and the gravy is reduced.
  • Serve as you like


Traditionally Jamaican Curry Chicken is cooked bone-in with potatoes and carrots. If you choose boneless meat, the process will take less time. Because of this add your potatoes sooner than later. 
Adding the carrots with the seasoning is a better option because carrots are sweet and you don't want your curry to be sweet. It also adds texture.  
Ginger adds a lot to the flavor so I would highly suggest adding it. 
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