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Jerk Chicken Stew

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Jerk Chicken Stew
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 10
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Jerk Chicken Stew

A rustic brothy take on this Jamaican classic.

Ingredients

5
habaneros
2
tablespoons fresh thyme
1
bunch green onions
2
tablespoons allspice
1
teaspoon cinnamon
1
teaspoon black pepper
1
teaspoon nutmeg
1/2
cup vinegar
1
cup beer
5
cups water
3
cloves garlic
2
tablespoons flour
1
onion
4
carrots
4
ribs celery
2
large sweet potatoes
2
pounds chicken legs

Directions

  • 1 Place the habaneros, green onions, spices, and thyme in the food processor with olive oil and make a paste. This is a simplified jerk chicken rub. Be sure to take the seeds out of the habaneros if you can't take the heat! If you take out the seeds, this recipe will be medium heat, but if you leave them in it will be very hot.
  • 2 Separate the chicken into drums and thighs. Chop the onion, celery, and carrot, and sweet potatoes into large bite sized chunks. Dice the garlic.
  • 3 Brown the chicken on all sides in olive oil in 2 batches. Remove from pan. Add carrots, onion, and celery and saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute.
  • 4 Add flour and stir to mix in well, cook 1 minute while stirring. Add the jerk paste and mix. Cook 1 minute.
  • 5 Add the vinegar, beer, and water and scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate any browned bits into the sauce. Add the chicken and potatoes.
  • 6 Simmer for an hour until potatoes are tender. Serve over rice.
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Step By Step  

Jerk Chicken Stew

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Jamaican jerk chicken is a recipe I have always shied away from making. It seemed like a big production with millions of spices – many that I was not familiar cooking with.

After years of avoidance, I finally checked out a few recipes and realized that it wasn't so bad after all! It even features many of the flavors I have been loving lately in my kitchen, particularly allspice and habanero.

Allspice is an interesting species. Most people think it is a mixture of spices, but it is actually a dried fruit, just like black pepper. The flavor is somewhere between cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. When featured in a stew like this, allspice adds a deep dark and savory aroma and taste.

RECIPE: Jerk Chicken Stew

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

The spice blend. Feel free to use ground spices in the same amounts shown in the recipe. If you are using whole spices, use 3 tablespoons of allspice instead of 2, and for the rest, make sure to heap on the measurements.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

This is the simplified jerk chicken rub minus the wet ingredients.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

At this point, you could add a swig of vinegar and beer or rum and have a killer jerk chicken marinade.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

Instead, I went the stew route. First brown the chicken on all sides. Chicken legs are 10 times better than breasts in this recipe.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

After the chicken comes out, vegetables go in, followed by flour. The flour gets incorporated with the fat to thicken the stew.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

Paste goes in next.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

The chicken is added back in with some vinegar and beer. Yum! This looks and smells good enough to eat now, but refrain from tasting – there is undercooked chicken in there!

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

Some chicken stock and sweet potatoes finish it off. Let this simmer about an hour and you will have a huge pot of amazing goodness.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

Served rustic style.

Jerk Chicken Stew Recipe

It tastes a bit like jerk chicken, and a bit like dinner at Grandma’s! An interesting mix that is as much comfort food as it is spicy and exotic.



Dan Whalen made this dish in honor of Shaun Bridgmohan, the first Jamaican in the Kentucky Derby. Check out his blog at The Food in My Beard; check Dan’s Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
269.9
Daily Value
Total Fat
14.8g
23%
(
Saturated Fat
4.1g
20%
)
Cholesterol
84.4mg
28%
Sodium
133.9mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
15.6g
5%
(
Dietary Fiber
3.1g
12%
,
Sugars
3.6g
)
Protein
16.5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
12.50%
12%
Calcium
6.50%
6%
Iron
7.70%
8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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