The marinating process of cooking Jamaican curry chicken.

SeasoningCurry chicken is one of my favorite Jamaican foods.  To get it prepared right though you have to ensure you do the most important part; marinate it.

During Saturday nights in almost every Jamaican home, the mothers are seasoning the meat for Sunday dinner.  If you want your meal to taste as good as theirs, then you have to follow this two step process.

First the ingredients for cooking curry chicken:

  • Chicken, you can use a whole chicken or any parts of the chicken
  • curry powder
  • ginger
  • escallion (green onions)
  • onion
  • seasoning salt
  • paprika
  • ginger
  • lime juice
  • potatoes
  • thyme

Ginger, onion and potatoes

The procedure to follow is as follows:

  1. Wash the chicken in water and lemon juice, then cut into bite sized chunks.
  2. Add the onion, green onions, chopped ginger and thyme
  3. Add the seasoning salt, curry powder, paprika
  4. Use your hand to mix all the seasoning into the chicken
  5. Cover and place in refrigerator until the next day.

On Day 2 of this recipe, we will actually cook the chicken after it is nicely marinated.


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  • Kerwin – so on Day 2 is there anything special you have to do in order to cook the chicken? How about adding water or broth?

    • Hi Tony,
      Thanks for checking out the site.

      On Day 2, you add some cooking oil over the chicken (you can actually add the oil the night before as well) and then cover the pot and place on the lit stove. The chicken will start to fry a bit and the steam will start the cooking process. After a few minutes, you add some plain warm water to just cover the chicken. Then let simmer adding additional warm water as needed.

      I hope that helps.

  • Ok so I have always been told that I must “burn the curry first” (This is where the pot is heated with oil only and curry is tossed in). I noted this was not mentioned. can you say what’s the reason behind doing so. Most persons associate the upset stomach after eating a curried meal as the curry not being burnt. Could you elaborate??


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