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Caribbean Chicken Curry with Rice

Caribbean Chicken Curry with Rice
I really wanted to learn how to cook good Indian influenced curry and was lost how to begin because I knew that is not as easy as it sounds. This past weekend I went to my friend's house who is originally from Guyana and to my surprise she was making very tasty chicken curry similar to Indian, but not the same though. While I was listening to her talking when she was growing up I felt so calm and was soaking in every word with pleasure, and in a same time I could relate in one way or another with her. 
That learning experience making curry her way turned into few hours of listening great stories about her childhood, about her memories, about food. I felt closer to her and realized that we are all under one sky and each of us have one thing in common, which is love for food from childhood. 
If I tell you my dreams, you would probably laugh! You all know how much I love authentic meals, so my wish is to one day go into people houses in different parts of the world, listen to their story and learn how to cook authentic meals from their kitchen. This might be impossible but we can always imagine that those wishing one day will come true!

Finally today I got the courage to make a change about the curry. I was experimenting few times, and always kind of failed but than started to make the way my taste buds and my stomach would appreciate it. I have to admit that I love spicy food, but for some reason curry spice always hits my stomach really hard, so I had to adjust the amount of everything in this particular recipe. To be honest I avoided for long time eating and cooking with curry powder just because the taste was to strong for me, and I could never calculate how much is too much. However once I tasted my friend's curry, surprisingly it was not very heavy on my stomach. I would also say that this is not a fusion at all, it is just reduction of spices for our taste, for people who are not used to strong flavors that might people in that part of the world are eating on a regular bases. 
Now, let's take you on a dinner trip to Caribbean and have some  Caribbean influenced Chicken Curry.Caribbean Chicken Curry with Rice

Caribbean Chicken Curry with Rice

Serves 4
  • 2 Tbs. Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 Chili Pepper, sliced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. Curry powder or more if you desire
  • 1 Tbs. Cumin powder /or seeds 
  • 2 tsp. Coriander seeds, grind them
  • Pinch of Chili Powder
  • Salt to taste 
  • 1/2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 2 lb. Boneless Chicken thighs, trim the fat and skin
  • 1 Tbs. lemon or lime Juice
  • 2 Tbs. Tomato sauce, or chop 1 large tomato
  • Water
  • 4 Potatoes
  • 1 cup of rice for each serving
  1. Boil the chicken thighs with bit of salt; drain and set aside.{this will get rid of the extra fat from the chicken}
  2. Preheat the Wok and add oil, chopped scallions and onion, minced garlic, sliced green pepper and chili pepper. 
  3. Let that become translucent, and add spices {curry, cumin, chili power, grounded coriander seeds}; Stir fry for few minutes
  4. Add chicken and stir until all the spices are coating the chicken, than add 1 cup of water and salt to taste (about 1/2 Tbs.); stir again and cover with a lid. 
  5. Let that boil for next 5 minutes.
  6. Add more water, to go about an inch above the chicken, 1 more Tbs. of Curry if you desire, and 1/2 Tbs. of brown sugar; cover again. 
  7. At this point peel the potatoes, wash and quarter it. 
  8. Put all the potatoes on top of the chicken, add tomato sauce and squeeze lemon or lime on top;Cover! Check every few minutes if you need to stir because It can burn easily. If you see that chicken is not completely cooked, and water evaporated you can add more water and salt to season it. 
  9. Cook for next 40 minutes on medium high under the lid or until the chicken is very well done and falling apart.
  10. I crushed all the potatoes and made them as part of the sauce and that is optional.
  11. Stir, and serve with a rice or roti.


  • I don't like too much sauce so I made it bit thicker by reducing the amount of water as well. 
  • You can add larger amount of spices if you desire. 
  • This is not original recipe, but after I made it few times I liked this one the best for my own taste. 
  • You can also add to the recipe 1 tbs. madras curry paste. 

I hope you enjoyed this dinner. It is very easy, and at the same time it's something completely new on my blog. 

Hope you all are having fun this summer break!

Your friend,

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  1. This is Perfect Sandra!!
    I am always amazed to see how beautifully cuisine blend with each other.
    This looks wonderful...

  2. This looks so delicious! Carribean food is one of my absolute favorites!

  3. I like less rice and more curry :D it looks absolutely delicious, Sandra :)

  4. Sandra, curries often have a beautiful color but for some reason yours is iridescently wonderful. Absolutely gorgeous plate of food!

  5. You are making me hungry! beautiful photos and yummy looking chicken.

  6. I think that's an amazing dream, Sandra! Food brings people together in a powerful way, and even if there's a language barrier, you can learn so much just by observing a meal preparation. I love curry so this looks delicious!

  7. @Reem, Thanks sweetie!

    @LV, I didn't have a chance to experiment too much with Caribbean but I liked this one since I made it for my own taste palates!:)

    @Medeja, Thanks! I like Rice because it blends the flavor and take down a heat a bit, but potatoes do that too in this curry!

    @Viviane, Aww thank you very much for your kind words!

    @Laura, Thank you! Dreams will be dreams...:) Meal observation is always huge help if you want to learn.

  8. This looks so delicious!! I love meals like this with so many flavors and so healthy to boot! I have been wanting to introduce curry to my daughter so this dish may be the winner!

  9. Hi Sandra, this curry sauce does sound delicious. I amtotally the opposite I like a lot of sauce so I would add more water. Tasty spices. Hope you are having a wonderful week, my friend. We still are getting lots and lots of rain here in Florida. I hopethis storm would move out soon, peoples home are flooding and the some of the main highways are closed.

  10. What a beautiful plate of chicken curry. You picked the right color of plate too. It's so soothing and doesn't look heavy (usually curry tends to be heavy look). Your dream really tells what your true passion is. Now my dream is to eat all kinds of cuisines cooked by you... how easy is that! =) Looks delicious Sandra!

  11. This is a beautifully created dish my friend, with perfect ingredients and all :D


  12. @Maggie, For introducing this kind of dish to your daughter I would reduce even more spices to maybe 1 Tbs. of curry until she can see if she can take the heat and aroma. Thank you!

    @Suzi, i hope you are all doing good over there! Storm wow..We are having hot weather over here, no rain though at all! Thank you and stay safe!

    @Nami, Aww, well I don't like to see my rice swim in the pool of sauce, so I try to reduce it until i found the right amount of sauce to go over the rice and chicken! Thanks honey!

    @CCU, Thank you for you kind words!!!

  13. @Binh, your comment end up in my spam..anyhow wanted to thank you for visiting me again!

  14. Sandra looks wonderful!
    About your dream I also love authentic food and specially knowing the family story around each dish. Meanwhile let's celebrate any food around the world.

  15. @Lola, Yes, let's do that! Thank you sweetie!

  16. This sounds wonderful, Sandra! I love almost anything with the word curry in the title lol.

    And I think your dream sounds fantastic!

  17. What a great hybrid Caribbean/Indian dish! It looks absolutely delicious, and I agree--curry is definitely more difficult than I thought it would be.

  18. Caribbean Chicken Curry? Wow, sounds kinda cool! Wonder how different the taste is like from Indian curry. Love the storyline, dear!

  19. Goodness, this looks great! Its a little different from how we do it in Jamaica but I still love the additional looks so very flavourful! Beautiful photography, as always...!!!

  20. Sounds mighty tasty. Love the balance of sauce to rice and chicken, looks perfect.

  21. @Janet, Thanks honey!

    @Shirley, It taste different in many ways! Although some spices are used like in Indian curry, the way it's prepared and some ingredients are used that Indian do not use at all!Thanks!

    @Lyn, I know it is not like original recipe but I tried to keep it close without adding nothing unusual. Thanks!

    @Lori, Thank you..rice, potatoes and chicken do take away bit of spiciness and heaviness of the other ingredients! Thanks!

  22. I think that's a wonderful dream!

  23. delicious flavours in the chicken and rice Sandra

  24. Sandra, the color of your blue plate against the pretty yellow curry is stunning! I love the color combination and your dish. I'm a fan of both chicken thighs and all your spices- this would be a perfect dinner for me:-) So, of course I pinned to save your recipe for later, thanks for inspiring me to prepare such a beautiful and tasty dish!

  25. @Katie, Thank you!

    @Torview., I am glad you like it! Thanks!

  26. What gorgeous photos, Sandra! I'd love to have you in my kitchen! We'd have a blast cooking together :)

  27. That's what i'm talking about! Half soaked rice with hints of residue from herbs and spices.

  28. Love the flavor combo you used. So spicy! It is a beautiful looking dish.

  29. This looks like amazing. The flavors are PERFECT!!

  30. This looks so amazing, i love those flavors :)

  31. @Liz, I think so too...:D Thank you my friend!

    @Pencil Kitchen, Welcome to my blog...Thanks I appreciate your kind words!

    @Kankana, Thanks sweetie!:)

    @Claire, Thank you very much!:)

    @Just Cake Girl, Thanks honey! :)

  32. chicken curry is so delicious!

  33. This is surely one dish to try very soon. One of my dreams is close to yours; I'd like to go to different bakeries around the world and work in them for one day. And of course sample the goodies!

  34. Beautiful flavors here! I just love curries :)


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