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Curry chicken recipe (Trinidad recipe)

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Curry chicken is a tasty, spicy chicken recipe made with a unique curry powder blend that is very popular in the Caribbean. It takes some time and a lot of love but it’s all worth it to make this favorite in the Caribbean.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword curry, curry chicken
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings 4
Calories 722
Author We Trini Food


  • 2 – 3 lbs chicken pieces with the bone in
  • 2 tbsp Caribbean green seasoning (made with chadon beni, garlic, Spanish thyme)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • ½ inch ginger (grated)
  • 1 pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp chadon beni (chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • flour or lime juice or vinegar


Prep and marinate chicken

  • Remove unwanted fatty tissue from the chicken pieces. Wash the chicken pieces.
  • Mix with flour or lime juice or vinegar. Scrape to remove sliminess.
  • Wash the meat again.
  • Add green seasoning, pepper, and salt (2 tsps). Mix to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Make curry chicken

  • Add oil to a large pot on medium heat.
  • Mix in chopped onions and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add in grated garlic and ginger. Stir often for one to two minutes.
  • Mix in dry curry powder (add more oil if necessary).
  • Patch the curry for 2 minutes, stir often.
  • Add water (¼ cup).
  • Stir often and allow to reduce to a dry paste for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Toss in the marinated chicken pieces.
  • Mix to coat the chicken in the curry paste.
  • Cover the pot completely and lower the heat.
  • Leave to cook for 15 minutes. The chicken will release its own liquid.
  • Remove the cover and cook for 8 more minutes.
  • Turn the heat up to high for two minutes to patch the curry and meat.
  • Stir often.
  • When all the liquid has boiled off, add water (1 cup to 1½ cups).
  • Stir again.
  • Partially cover pot and turn the heat to medium.
  • Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove cover and cook for another 10 to 20 minutes until the curry sauce is to your liking.
  • Serve hot.