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Jamaican Brown Chicken Stew

A mouthwatering chicken recipe from Gizzi Erskine. Inspired by flavours of the Caribbean, this Jamaican-style brown chicken stew is delicious with coconut rice.

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I first got introduced to Caribbean food when I was working as a body piercer in Camden as there was an abundance of small but excellent Caribbean restaurants and takeaways in the area at the time. This classic brown chicken stew has to be one of my favourites.

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1 medium chicken, cut into 8 portions
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vegetable oil
3 spring onions, chopped
2 onions,chopped
1 Scotch bonnet chilli pepper, seeded and chopped
A few thyme sprigs
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
A pinch allspice mix
½ red pepper, seeded, chopped
½ green pepper, seeded and chopped
600ml (1 pint) chicken stock, fresh is best
225g (8oz) butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite- sized cubes
200g (7oz) potatoes, peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
To serve:
550g (1¼ lb) Basmati rice, cooked in coconut milk

Essential kit

You will need a large, deep flameproof casserole.

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Heat the vegetable oil in a large, deep flameproof casserole or sauté pan with a lid until really hot. Add 4–5 pieces of chicken to the oil and fry gently skin-side down for about 5 minutes on each side until the chicken is browned all over.

Remove the chicken from the casserole and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. Carefully pour out most of the oil, leaving just 2 spoonfuls in the base. Add the spring onions, onions, chilli, garlic, thyme and peppers, and stir briefly. Return the chicken to the casserole with the spices, the squash and potatoes. Pour in the stock, then add the butter, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes until the liquid is reduced to a rich gravy and the chicken is cooked through. Serve with the coconut rice.




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