Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe: Lunch and Dinner Idea.

Authentic Jamaican Style Curry Chicken Recipe

You don’t need to go to your favorite Jamaican restaurant to get containers of curry chicken and white rice for your family. You can make your own Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe at home for a lunch and dinner idea.

Whether you call it CURRY CHICKEN or CHICKEN CURRY, you will love the warmth of bold flavors and the richness of Jamaican Curry Chicken at your family dinner table. In the true style of Food Explora, let’s explore and gain some insights about what exactly is curry.

What is Curry?

Curry has different cultural meanings across the world. It often refers to a dish or sauce cooked with a complex blend of spices and herbs.

The name  “curry” translates from the term Kari which means Sauce.  Sukhis further explains that curry is said to have originated in India but was popularized by the British during their colonization of India. 

Alex from Bon Appetit believes that using fresh ingredients is far better than store-bought curry pastes or powders. We completely agree with him. Regardless, they all provide a ton of flavor to any dish. 

The flavor of Curry is due to its blend of spices, often known as “masala,” which most often include turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and chili, among other ingredients.

In India, curry can refer to a wide range of foods, from creamy gravies to dry, spice-coated vegetables and meat. Each region has its own style, such as the coconut milk-based curries in the south and the rich, tomato-based ones mostly found in the north.

Beyond India, curry has been acculturated worldwide, with each variety reflecting local preferences and ingredients.

Not All Curry Are Created Equal: What Different Types Of Curry Exist?

Napoleon gave a very insightful summary of the different types of curry in their article. In Thailand, for example, curry comes in three various colors—red, green, and yellow. Each color curry has its own peculiar flavor and ingredients, such as lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves

Japanese curry, in comparison, is milder and sweeter and is a popular comfort food served with rice.

Meanwhile, Caribbean curries, which were influenced by Indian indentured laborers, use vivid spice combinations and frequently include coconut milk and tropical fruits.

Despite their various reinventions, all curries share the use of spices to produce a rich, aromatic, and tasty dish. Curry, whether it’s a spicy Indian vindaloo, a creamy Thai green curry, or a hearty Jamaican curry chicken, is still a treasured and vital aspect of global cuisine, renowned for its capacity to add warmth and comfort to any dish.


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Authentic Jamaican Style Curry Chicken Recipe

Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe

Kevin Foodie
Experience the vibrant and bold flavors of Jamaica with this authentic curry chicken recipe. Infused with a nose-popping blend of spices and slow-cooked to perfection, this dish captures the essence of Caribbean cuisine.
Perfect for a family dinner, lunch, or a special occasion, this recipe brings the warmth and richness of Jamaican cooking straight to your table.
There are various ways to prepare and cook curry chicken in Jamaica and the Caribbean. This is our rendition of the classic Jamaican dish, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 4 People


  • Sauce Pan or Pot
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Garlic Press


Season Chicken

  • lbs. Chicken Drumsticks, skin removed
  • 3 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 2 tbsp Complete Seasoning
  • 1 packet Sazon Seasoning
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Black Pepper

Other Curry Chicken Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Carrots, sliced
  • 1 tsp Pimento Seeds
  • ¼ cup Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • ½ cup Red, Yellow, Green Sweet Peppers
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, Diced
  • ½ medium Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 3 stalks Scallions, chopped


Let's Season The Jamaican Curry Chicken Drumstick

  • You may use your favorite parts of the chicken. However, for this dish, I chose to use chicken legs.
    I ordered the Bare Chicken drumsticks from Amazon Fresh because they are the closest you will get to fresh antibiotic/hormones-free chicken sold in Jamaica.
    chicken drumsticks
  • The tray includes 8 drumsticks. You do not have to, but I prefer to take the skin from the legs. Cut each drumstick into two fairly equal parts. Wash pieces in vinegar water and drain.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the complete seasoning, curry powder, crushed garlic, sazon seasoning salt, and pepper.
    Sazon is not a traditional ingredient in Jamaican curry chicken recipes. However, I love the flavor and reddish-orange color it gives to the chicken.
    Sazon Goya seasoning
  • Combine all ingredients with a metal spoon. Never use a wooded or plastic spoon. It will be difficult to remove the curry stains. If you are going to use your hands, please wear gloves when mixing seasoning and chicken.
    You can use your preferred curry, but for the most authentic Jamaican curry, I recommend the Jamaican Grace Curry brand. I also recommend Chief Curry Powder. This one is spicier than the Grace curry.
    curry powder
  • Some Jamaicans marinate their chicken with the powdered seasoning, herbs, and vegetables. You can see how I use this method in my Jamaican Stewed Chicken Recipe.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Seasoned curry chicken should be stored in a closed glass or metal container in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Keep the container covered or the curry smell will permeate the entire refrigerator.
  • Dice the red, yellow, and green sweet peppers into ½ cup each. Cut carrots into ¼ to ½ inch thick slices. Finely dice the onions and set them aside.

Time To Cook Your Jamaican Curry Chicken

  • Remove the seasoned curry chicken from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking time and let it cool to room temperature.
  • In a saucepan, heat the olive oil or vegetable oil over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
    Add the pimento seeds, chopped scallions, scotch bonnet pepper, springs of thyme, and 1 tablespoon of curry powder to heated oil.
    Mix and allow these herbs and spices to sweat and release their fragrant natural oils.
  • Brown the drumsticks in flavored heated oil for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Save the curry marinate liquid that remains in the storage container. You will need this later on.
  • You can now add the sliced carrots and diced sweet peppers to the browned curry chicken. Use a metal spoon to mix and continue cooking for another 2 minutes over medium heat.
    Grace coconut Milk
  • Add 3 cups hot water to the remaining chicken juices. Add the finely diced onion then pour the mixture over the chicken. For a creamier Jamaican curry chicken, you can instead, combine 1 can of Grace coconut milk with 2 cups water.
    Allow it to simmer over low to medium heat until the curry chicken and gravy are reduced to a rich and thick consistency.
    Authentic Jamaican Style Curry Chicken Recipe
  • You may serve your curry chicken alongside any starchy side dish. I served mine with garden rice and stir-fried cabbage. Chicken serves about 4 people.
    Authentic Jamaican Style Curry Chicken Recipe
  • In Jamaica, most red meats, seafood (, and poultry have been curried and are a staple in many homes and on many restaurants' menus.
    Think of the delicious goodness of curry fish, shrimp, lobster, chicken, goat, mutton, vegetables, and tofu.
    While the preparation and cooking times vary, the end product is always rich, delicious, and tender especially when paired with rice or other starchy food items like my Jamaican-style dumplings.
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28 thoughts on “Authentic Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe: Lunch and Dinner Idea.”

  1. You gave such a great detailed guide to different types of curry. I had no idea there were so many different kinds. Thank you so much!

  2. 5 stars
    This authentic Jamaican recipe looks amazing! The detailed instructions and vibrant photos make it seem easy to recreate. Can’t wait to try this at home for my next family dinner. Thanks for sharing

  3. 5 stars
    We love our curries here in South Africa. We have selections of Durban curry and Malay curries… and just love them. I personally don’t cook meat with bones. But yours looks really good. I would love to try your recipe. Always love what you create. It is such a hearty meal.

  4. As a huge fan of Jamaican cooking, my mouth is watering just reading the recipe! Cooking with fresh ingredients are so important for me, we’ll definitely be giving this a try this week. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    This Jamaican curry chicken recipe sounds amazing. I absolutely love all of the seasonings blended with the carrots and chicken in the recipe. I can’t wait to try it!

  6. 5 stars
    You had me at curry! And if it’s a little spicy, even better. I’ve never tried Jamaican curry before but it definitely looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 5 stars
    Here is the awesome summer recipe that was looking for. Up on my list of to-do’s. Thanks for sharing!”

  8. You created a detailed recipe guide. I love how you used pictures of the ingredients so people would know what to buy. I always wanted to try Jamaican Curry, so I am bookmarking this recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    Yummy! This sounds so delicious! What I found really interesting is that you mentioned you remove the skin from your chicken. Whenever my Dad is cooking chicken he removes the skin too!

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