August 21, 2014

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When I was growing up in Jamaica curry goat was cooked for special occasions. This recipe using chicken is one I cook as an everyday meal. In Jamaica most people use tomatoes in their curry recipe, but I prefer to use red and green bell peppers instead, and a tablespoon of ketchup and West Indian pepper sauce to add some zip!

Serving Suggestion: Curry chicken is traditionally served with steamed white rice or Jamaican rice and peas along with a salad.


4lbs Chicken, chopped in small pieces (remove skin)
2 Tbsp Lemon juice (for washing chicken)
3 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Black pepper
6 tbsp Curry powder
4 Cloves garlic, chopped finely
1/4 Small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 Small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 Large cooking onion, chopped
2 Tbsp Cooking oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds, not powder (optional)
1 tsp Dried thyme or 1 sprig fresh thyme
1 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
1 Tbsp West Indian pepper sauce (optional)
3 cups Water
2 Medium potatoes, cut in 6 pieces each


Cut and wash chicken: Cut chicken into serving pieces (not too small) and remove and discard skin. Pour lemon juice over chicken, wash in cold water, drain well and dry with paper towel

Season chicken with 2tsp salt, black pepper, 3 Tbsp of curry powder and chopped garlic;
put chicken in fridge for 1 hour to absorb spices

1. Add cooking oil to saucepan and heat on High; saute cumin seeds for 1/2 minute
then add chopped onion, green and red bell peppers,

2. Add thyme, pepper sauce, 3 Tbsp curry powder, 1 tsp salt and tomato ketchup; saute
onion and peppers until just tender

3. Add 1 cup of boiling water and, when sauce is boiling, add chicken. Fold in chicken until it is well covered with sauce and seasonings; add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water; cover and bring to a rolling boil

4. Lower heat to medium, add potatoes and add 1/2 cup water, cover and simmer (slow boil) until chicken is tender and sauce thickens (about 1/2 hour)

5. Taste and adjust with salt, if needed.

Serves 6


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  • Reply
    April 21, 2012

    Hi Fay just wanted say a big thnak you for sharing your receipes. I am in South Wales and tried the chicken curry surprised at how easy it was to make , keep up the good work

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      April 23, 2012

      Hi Jenny,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m glad you tried the chicken curry recipe! I love sharing my recipes so thank you for your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you again soon.
      Blessings, Fay

  • Reply
    June 4, 2012

    Hi Fay

    Tonight I made this dish. I scaled the measurements down for 2 people and it worked wonderfully.
    My partner said it was very good (a mean feat as he is incredibly fussy when it comes to food!)
    This was the first dish of yours I have attempted and I’m looking forward to trying out the rest!

    Thanks a lot


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    July 19, 2012

    Tried this recipe last night for my hubby and I. Turned out fabulous! Thank you so much,


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    July 22, 2012

    I’m cooking this recipe for the first time I hope that it comes out as good as your…I’ll post pics after complete.

  • Reply
    September 3, 2012

    Hi Fay:
    Is Jamaican curry powder used in this recipe different than say Indian curry powder? And if so what curry would you recommend?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 5, 2012

      Hi Chris,
      Thank you for your question. I don’t use Jamaican or Indian curry specifically. I tend use general “all-purpose” curry, often whatever is on sale. However, if I had to choose I’d choose Jamaican curry powder. I think Indian curry might provide a slightly different flavour, but I’m sure it would be fine too. Blessings, Fay

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    September 16, 2012

    Hi, Tried this on friday, very nice, was a little too hot for my friends so i added some coconut milk for them, I like the fact that there is not too much oil as in Indian cooking which I do a lot of. I will be trying more of your recipes this week. thankyou for posting them.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 21, 2012

      Hi Tom,
      Thank you for trying my recipe! Yes, coconut milk is the perfect choice for cooling down a curry! Blessings, Fay

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        January 18, 2013


        I made the chicken again and even took some to my Jamaican neighbours 70th birthday party and they enjoyed it…and they are good cooks and hard to please!

        I will be trying the goat and snapper recipes this week. regards

  • Reply
    October 15, 2012

    Hi Fay,
    I’ve just tried this recipe for the first time, in fact, it’s my very first attempt at JAmaican food,
    It tastes absolutely wonderful, thank you so, so much.
    There’ll be no stopping me now.
    Such a simple but such a delicious recipe. I’m going to try your Curry Goat recipe next and the Red Snapper.
    Jo, London UK

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    October 20, 2012

    Hi fay !

    after 2/3 years of searching on the net for Jamaican recipes i think i finally found someone that i can learn from & understand and makes it so easy to do ! i have a few Jamaican recipe books but they do confuse me a little from looking at your recipes you make it so simple . My partners mum is Jamaican and I’ve never had her over for dinner ( bad on my part i know) :( the dishes i have tried to cook never seem to turn out Jamaican style !! but now I’ve found you & your recipes i should invite my mother in-law over for dinner ( after i tested the new found cooking on my partner of course ) lol Ill be trying the curry chicken at some point this week will let you know how i get on .

    take care

  • Reply
    October 26, 2012

    How long did you leave the chicken and potatoes to cook for? Half an hour or 1-2 hours?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      October 27, 2012

      Hi Jordan,
      The answer is a half hour. It’s actually a fairly quick recipe to make. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    October 27, 2012

    Made this the other night, along with the rice and peas and it was delicious. The curry was a bit too spicy for the kids, but I read another post that said they used coconut milk to ‘calm” it down, and it worked. Everyone loved it. The kids and hubbie all ate seconds. The video really made it easy to follow.

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    October 28, 2012

    thanks for much for taking the time to make out thise recipies..i can tell you know exactly what to do… i am going to attempt this chicken tmrw!!

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    October 29, 2012

    Made this dish about 2 months ago…It was a hit. I also tried the Brown stew chicken and thought I was doing it wrong until it was done and omgggggg Sooooooo delish! Thanks Fay….my boyfriend can’t wait to try the curry chicken tonight! Great meal during hurricane Sandy!

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    November 5, 2012

    I made the curry chicken with peas and rice for Sunday dinner and my ENTIRE family raved about how good it was. I have two brother-in-laws from Jamaica and I have always enjoyed eating their foods, but never really tried to make it on my own . Well now that I have found you Fay – I will be “Cooking like a Jamaican” all the time. Your recipes are so easy to follow and the taste is authentic – Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and making them so easy for a novice like me. Can’t wait to try the Brown Stew Chicken!!!!

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    November 9, 2012


    I love cooking I think like most you make is so easy for every one to follow Your recipes and watching the video made me more confident trying it thank you so much. I would like to know 2 things would using just boneless skinless chicken breast be ok too I think so but thought I would ask and how much oil do you use roughly and any oil and you would recommend using.

    Canada Ontario

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 11, 2012

      Hi Codie,
      Yes, boneless chicken works just as well. You don’t need to change the amount of cooking oil in the recipe, however, you’ll find that the chicken will cook faster so don’t over simmer it or it will turn to mush. Blessings, Fay

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    November 13, 2012

    Omg!! I tried this recipe yesterday for the first time. I did not have an onion, nor did I have cumin seeds to make the dish exactly how Faye made hers but my husband who is from the islands (Antigua) absolutely loved it and had seconds; which brings joy to any real cook. I will be saving this recipe and making this dish again! Thank you so much!

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    November 26, 2012

    Hi Faye.
    I’m looking forward to this being my lunch for the rest of the week (served with white rice and green banana). Well, my and my 15month old Son’s lunch. He adores food.
    I’ll have to substitute the bell peppers for tomatoes today as I don’t have any (and I just came from the supermarket…sigh).
    Keep bringing us these delicious recipes and God’s richest blessings on you, your film crew and your Family. Lots of love and support from Antigua xx

    P.S. I’m a subscriber of yours on your YouTube channel, “CookLikeAJamaican”.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 28, 2012

      Hi Audra,
      Sending love to you in Antigua! Thank you for getting in touch and for subscribing! Glad to hear you’re enjoying my recipes. I look forward to sharing more with you. Blessings, Fay

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    January 7, 2013

    Fallen in love with your videos and recipes! Tried this one this evening and everyone fell in love with it…so must pass the props over to you! Look forward to trying some more soon! Thank you!
    With love from London!

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    jay caddy
    January 8, 2013

    im nigerian, and i tried the recipe for the curry chicken – all i can say is wow – it was so tasty i ended up at the emergency after losing all my fingers from licking the curry chicken

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    richard mortley
    February 2, 2013

    fay cooked your curry chicken tonight for the wife and kids as we all love jamiacan food as we are regular visitors to that wonderful island And i must say that recipe was devine . I am cooking the brown stew chicken tomorrow and i know it will taste just as good. Jah bless one love the mortleys from london england xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      February 3, 2013

      Richard, thank you for getting in touch. I’m glad to hear that you all the Mortleys are enjoying eating like Jamaicans! Thank you for trying my recipes! Blessings, Fay

  • Reply
    February 5, 2013

    I tried this and it was REALLY GOOD!
    THANKS for such a great website.

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    February 24, 2013

    Tried this recipe, it was a total success.
    Thank you for video, it made cooking so easy.
    Did I subscribe ??
    Oh definitely YES !
    Looking forward to trying many more recipes ( and so are my two sons, they loved the curry )
    Again, thank you.

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    March 19, 2013

    Great recipe!!!!! I will be trying to other soon!!

  • Reply
    April 21, 2013

    Hello Miss Fay!
    Last night I cooked curry chicken for the third time. Now everyone of my family is hooked on this dish including my son’s girlfriend ! I had to promise her to teach her how to make it next time I cook it again! Your recipe is really great to follow and curry was done to perfect! I only cooked 2 cups of rice and ran out of it by the end of dinner! 4 people ate very well with seconds! If I had more rice, we all might had the third! Lol
    Thank you!!!!

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    May 5, 2013

    Thumbs up! Just made this rave reviews from myself and my hubby. So easy to do and great flavors. Will definitely make again.

  • Reply
    May 9, 2013

    Hi Fay,

    I tried this recipe last night and it was a hit with my family. Very easy to follow. Looking forward to try more of your recipes. Thanks for the recipe.

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    June 18, 2013

    I made this for my family today and it was wonderful. In fact, it was better than what I usually get in the Jamaican restaurants in my area. I am not Jamaican, however, I LOVE Jamaican food; and since I have long time friends that are Jamaican and that cook VERY well, I know when I’ve gotten good food. This was excellent and I am so pleased with myself. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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    June 20, 2013

    Made this last night and it turned out wonderful! Thanks Fay!

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    August 24, 2013

    Big Tings A GWON! Thank you… My yaad gal made me curry and I try it on my own with your style and it GOOD! Thanks Love…

  • Reply
    September 2, 2013

    I made this dish along with the peas and rice and my Jamaican boyfriend loved it!! Thank you so much for the recipes and your time!!

  • Reply
    September 17, 2013

    Can you please name some brands of pepper sauce? I don’t think your talking about regular hot sauce.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      September 23, 2013

      Hi Sophia,
      You can go wrong with any brand of West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce. Usually it has a papaya base and is orange rather than red. Fay

  • Reply
    September 23, 2013

    Greetings Miss Fay, my family has been following you for about 2 years now and never not once had a bad meal. Im truly a fan. I normally follow your recipes all the way through. I wanted to try 1 slight change on the curry chicken recipe. Instead of adding tomato ketchup, I wanted to try a fresh tomato as a substitute. What you think for your suggestion is very important.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      October 7, 2013

      I believe in being creative when cooking to get the result you prefer that’s why I use ketchup, which is not traditional. So I say go for it and let me know how it works out. Blessings, Fay

  • Reply
    September 24, 2013

    Great website. Thank you so much for sharing. I love Jamaican food and I am going to try this Curry Chicken recipe tonight, it’s my favorite dish so far.

  • Reply
    Juliet Cade
    October 30, 2013

    Thank you Miss Faye. I have finally perfected the curry chicken thanks to your video. I was born in St. Elizabeth Jamaica but raised in the U.S. from age 5. My mother and sisters have tried to teach me but I couldn’t quite get it. I’m so excited to try some of your other recipes. Thanks for taking the time to share and teach! God Bless you!

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    November 15, 2013

    I made this today and it was awesome……..thanks for sharing your recipes

  • Reply
    January 21, 2014

    Hey Faye! I just want to say that this recipe is amazing! Well at least it has my house smelling great right now. I have tried and been unsuccessful with recipes for Jamaican curry chicken before. This already looks like a winner. Thanks so much. As a woman married to a man from Montego Bay, I know he will enjoy this!!!!

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    January 21, 2014

    Fay, I use to work for the Airlines and would travel to Jamaica every chance I got. I fell in love with the country, culture and the wonderful food. It reminded me so much of my youth growing up in the deep south. I have tried to make Jamaican dishes on a whim of my own imagination and never could get close. Thank you so much dear for sharing and I do hope you have a cook book for sale some day. I have made lots of your recipes and have a pot of curried chicken on the stove now and it smells so awesome. You are an angel. Sincerely very much a Jamerican by choice. Keeping Irie

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    January 27, 2014

    Just finished this delicious dish. O my I almost ate it all, but I remembered I must share. I appreciate you sharing this delicious meal.

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    March 11, 2014

    This is just as good if not better than a restaurant ! I love all your recipes and this is the first one that I tried only change I made was to cook it longer ( love my meat we’ll done) I feel like you did me a favour everyone loved it, please post more recipes so I can be a great cook like you :)

  • Reply
    Lora West
    April 14, 2014

    Hi Fay,
    I love your recipes. I was raised with a Jamaicain mother. Unfortunately, I wasn’t interested in learning to cook my favorite Jamaicain dishes. Just eating them. Lol After my mother passed I so wished I paid attention. You are truly heaven sent because now I can make all my favorites. And come to find out my brothers use your delicious recipes too. I feel like I’m learning from my grandmother while watching your video because you favor each other.
    Thanks Fay

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    April 26, 2014

    Outstanding recipe! I really enjoyed this one – I used Chief curry powder and added a habanero.. thanks!

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    May 28, 2014

    How yummy I love your method of curry chicken my husband ( Jamaican ) cooks this dish often I also cook it often always have done since being a black child in London but using the cumin seeds was adorable tasted great thanks

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    June 5, 2014

    I followed the recipe to a T. My curry chicken turned out so good! My hubby is Jamaican & I feel so honored to cook something from his roots. He keeps raving about it!!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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    June 7, 2014

    God! thank you for this website! this dish was absolutely the best what i ate with curry :) i’m form Poland and i was searching something new to eat, and now i can boldly say that Jamaican Cuisine is my favorite :) thanks a lot!

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    June 7, 2014

    Thank you so much for you recipes!!
    I’m Colombia but my husband is jamaican and thanks to you I been cooking his traditional meals.

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    June 18, 2014

    Your curry goat was amazing. My husband made it for the first time this past weekend & it is the best I have tasted since we left Toronto 25 years ago. Now we are going to try your chicken.

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    July 8, 2014

    I am going to cook the chicken curry dish for dinner, after reading reviews I cannot wait for outcome and I know its going to be good.

  • Reply
    August 4, 2014

    I made this recipe tonight and it was sooooooo delicious. I used chicken tenderloins instead of chicken pieces. Aso far as the seasonings go I didn’t have to tweek anything. I haven’t had food like this since I moved from Brooklyn, NY. I am definitely going to try more of these recipes. Thank you so much Fay!

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    Jane Campbell
    August 10, 2014

    Hi I am going to cook your curry recipe today but I have a question, could I swap the pepper sauce for scotch bonnet chillies?

    • Reply Fay & Angela
      Fay & Angela
      August 10, 2014

      Yes, if you prefer you can use fresh peppers instead.

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    Jane Campbell
    August 10, 2014

    Hi we had this for dinner tonight (sent hubby to tesco for pepper sauce) it was amazing, will definitely make again very soon. I am really looking forward to trying other recipes on your site. Thank you.

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