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Jamaican Chicken Curry Caribbean Recipe

Updated on August 12, 2013

Chicken Curry

Chicken curry is delicious on its own, but when you make Jamaican chicken curry, it is sheer heaven. The notorious scotch bonnet peppers turn up the heat in this savory bowl of curried chicken and rice. Offering Jamaican Red Stripe beer at the table might not be such a bad idea!

For a more authentic flavor, use a curry powder with an Indian or Caribbean brand name. Ethnic curry powders seem to have more "bite" to them than domestic brands do.

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3.7 stars from 14 ratings of Jamaican Chicken Curyy

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 or 2 scotch bonnet peppers, seeded minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 or 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breasts, diced
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cups potatoes, diced
  • 1 can(15oz) chick peas, drained
  • 3-4 cups cooked jasmine, basmati or long grain white rice


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, and Scotch bonnet pepper and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Add tomatoes, curry powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more. Stir in the chicken and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes more. Add the water, carrots, potatoes, and chick peas and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20-25 minutes over medium heat until the chicken is fully cooked, stirring occasionally.
  2. Spoon the rice into bowls and ladle the curried chicken over the top. Serve at once.


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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you again Deborah.

      I am sure you will love it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      THANK YOU!! I love this recipe.. when we lived in turkey we had friends form India that made this dish and I never got the recipe. it was so good. now I can make it. bless you


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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thanks, your recipes look great :)

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      No problem Michele. That is very kind of u to ask my permission, feel free to print anything I post. :)

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I hope you don't mind, this looks wonderful, and I would like to print it out and put it into my recipe book. However, I would like your permission. Voted up!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you rjsadowski and teaches. It is simple, and yes, curry is one of my favorite dishes!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Another great hub recipe! This does look really good, especially right before dinner. The curry is the best part, in my opinion. Voted up.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Your recipe sounds very tasty and simple to make.

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      johnmilste 5 years ago

      Cool post! How much stuff did you have to look up in order to write this one? I can tell you put some work in. ! sleeping masks

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      Skarlet you are so bad,

      this looks too fantastic, but i have a problem i´m supposed to be thinking about fruit, muesli and jogging, it is 7 in the morning after all, not chicken and red stripe. lol maybe tonight ;-))

      Carrie x