Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica.

Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica

Looking for a quick chicken dish for a special occasion or dinner idea? Well, stick a pin on this recipe blog because this Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken: Savor the Flavor of Jamaica will be a hit with your family and friends at your next Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or birthday get-together.

With each tender bite, this stewed chicken will not only satisfy everyone’s appetite but each step will bring you closer to mastering the art of Jamaican cooking. 

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How To Make An Easy Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken?

Kevin Foodie
Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken is a well-known dish that exemplifies Jamaica's diverse culinary traditions. It is perfect for lunch, dinner, or special occasions such as birthdays, New Year's parties, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner.
Imagine delicious pieces of chicken marinated in aromatic spices and herbs, slow-cooked to perfection, and bathed in a luscious, caramelized brown stewed sauce.
This dish is a celebration of bold flavors and a blend of Jamaican traditions that has made its mark on tables in homes and restaurants across the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
I hope you enjoy making this flavorful dish for your family. Let me know what you think in the comment section.
4.93 from 14 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 4 People


  • Cast Iron Dutch Pot
  • Cutting Board
  • Spoon
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cup and Spoon


Brown Stewed Chicken Seasoning

  • 2.5 lbs. Chicken Things and Legs
  • 2 tbsp. Pimento Seeds
  • tbsp. Roasted Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Complete Seasoning
  • tsp. Grounded Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • cup Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • tbsp. Brown Sugar

Other Brown Stewed Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 6 stalks Scallion, sliced
  • 1 medium Green Scotch Bonnet Pepper, diced
  • 3 small Carrots, sliced (optional)
  • 4 whole Campari Tomatoes
  • 1 medium Green Bell Pepper, cubed
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • cup Red Bell Pepper, cubed
  • 1 thumb-size Fresh Ginger, finely diced
  • ¼ cup Tomato Ketchup (optional)
  • 2 cups Hot Water


  • This recipe calls for chicken thighs and Legs. However, you may use any part of the chicken you desire.
    In my opinion, using the legs, thighs, center breast, or any other bone-in section, improves the flavor of the stew.
    Chicken thighs and legs
  • Remove the skin and trim the fat off the chicken thighs. This is optional, however, I prefer to remove them because it results in a less oily stew.
    I opted to leave the skin on the chicken legs, but you may remove them if you desire.
  • Cut each thigh and leg into two fairly equal portions. In a mixing bowl, cover chicken pieces with cold tap water. Add the juice of one lime and allow it to soak for about 10 minutes.
    Acid is said to cut some of the rawness from the chicken. Vinegar or lemon juice may be substituted for lime juice.
    Chicken thighs and legs
  • Drain the lime water from the chicken pieces. Season with complete seasoning, garlic powder, pimento seeds, salt, and ground black pepper.
    Chicken thighs and legs
  • On a cutting board, use a knife to dice the bell peppers, tomatoes, ginger, and onion.
    Cut the scallion and scotch bonnet pepper into small pieces. Pull apart fresh thyme into smaller sprigs.
    Seasoning for Jamaican brown stew chicken
  • Combine the sliced seasonings with the chicken pieces and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours in a covered container. I prefer to marinate them overnight or for up to two days.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica

Let's Brown Stew The Chicken

  • Separate the chicken pieces from the other marinade ingredients (onion, thyme, scallions, bell peppers, pimento seeds, ginger).
  • Heat oil In a cast iron dutch pot for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the brown sugar to heated oil and allow it to cook until it reaches a dark caramel color.
    Mix well together with a spoon. Do not let it become black as this will lead to a bitter stew.
    Burning brown sugar in oil for Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Sear or brown each piece of chicken in the hot oil and sugar mixture for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat.
    Burning brown sugar in oil for Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • In Jamaica, stewing meats was traditionally done by "burning sugar" in hot oil. The sugar and oil give the chicken a lovely brown color and a unique flavor.
    Some Jamaicans use "browning sauce" to season their chicken, resulting in a darker brown stew chicken. I have tried both methods, but prefer the burn-the-sugar method.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Mix the chicken in the caramelized oil mixture completely with a spoon. Allow the chicken to simmer for another 3 minutes on medium heat. You will notice the chicken's natural juices being released.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Add the remaining marinated chicken components to the same saucepan. Continue cooking in their juices for another 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Cut carrots into ¼ to ½ thick slices and set aside. The carrots' sugar and starch content add more flavor and body to the stew. Sometimes pieces of Irish potatoes are added to the stew chicken.
  • Pour in 16 oz. boiling water and mix well. Although this is optional, you can add a few squirts of tomato ketchup for extra flavor. ¼ cup was added to the brown stewed chicken in this recipe.
    Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, stirring periodically, after adding the sliced carrots. Traditionally, carrots are not an ingredient in Jamaican stewed chicken, but they are delicious in this dish.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica
  • Remove from the heat and serve with a bowl of rice. It pairs well with my Jamaican Rice and Peas, but white rice would suffice.
    I also love stewed chicken and dumplings, as well as yams, green bananas, Irish potatoes, mashed potatoes, and cassava.
    This Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken serves 4 to 6 people.
    Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica


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Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica


Authentic Jamaican Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica

54 thoughts on “Jamaican Brown Stewed Chicken: Savor The Flavor Of Jamaica.”

  1. wow! This looks absolutely delicious!! I am always looking for chicken dishes with flavor to eat with rice that’s my favorite as it starts to get colder 😀 . Will have to try this thanks so much for sharing! 😀 great post

  2. 5 stars
    I just can tell how flavorful this is based on its ingredients. I like that it has ginger and thyme, two of my favorite aromatics/herbs. Will definitely be adding this to my list. Thank you for sharing!

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