April 20, 2014

cameraWatch our step-by-step video for this recipe below

 
Today, this recipe is best known as Brown Stew Chicken, but in my time it was called Fricasseed Chicken. Either way, it’s the same thing: chicken browned and simmered in a richly flavoured gravy. In this video I show you how really easy it is to make.  If you’re using whole chickens, go to my video to learn how to Cut a Whole Chicken into perfect pieces for this dish.
 
We Jamaicans like to season our meat before cooking it. In my case, I like to season it the night before, if possible, to give the herbs and spices time to infuse into the meat. If you don’t have time for that, I do suggest that you let the chicken marinate in the seasonings for a least one hour before frying.
 
Though you can bake the chicken in the oven instead of browning it on the stove, I don’t think you get the same depth of flavour, so I prefer to do it old-style by browning it first. That’s because all the stuff left in the pan after you fry the chicken is the magic in the gravy. My secret (that I’m lovingly passing on to you) is to include 2 teaspoons of sugar with the chicken seasonings — it’s such a secret I forgot to mention it in the video … LOL. The sugar burns in the pan and not only adds flavour, but gives the gravy that rich dark colour!
 
Ingredients

3lbs Chicken, cut in pieces and skin removed

Chicken Seasonings:
2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
2 tsp Sugar
3 Large cloves garlic, minced
2 stalk scallion (white part only), chopped

Gravy:
1/2 cup Cooking oil (for frying chicken)
1 Large onion, chopped
1/4 each, Red and Green bell pepper, chopped
1 Sprig of thyme or 1 tsp dried
1 tsp Pepper sauce
1 Tbsp Tomato ketchup
2 cups Hot water
1 tsp salt (to taste)

 
Method

Tip: Wash the chicken and make sure to dry it with paper towel to remove any water before frying.

1. Season chicken with salt, black pepper, sugar, garlic and scallion (green onion). Marinate the chicken overnight of at least one hour before frying.

2. Remove scallion from chicken and, on High heat, fry the chicken in cooking oil for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until browned. Remove chicken from pan.

3. Remove half the cooking oil in pan and use remaining oil to fry onions and bell peppers until onions are transparent.

4. Add thyme, hot pepper sauce, tomato ketchup and 1 cup of hot water to pan and stir; taste gravy and add 1 tsp of salt, if needed.

5. Add chicken to gravy. Add 1  cup of  hot water and turn heat to Low and cover pan. Simmer chicken for 30 minutes or until it is tender and the gravy has thickened.

Serve it up with steamed rice and vegetables or salad …, and some Fried Plantains, and you’re good to go!

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Fay

I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.

Fay

70 Comments

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    Sarah
    August 9, 2012

    Good job Ms. Fay, thanks for the recipe!!!

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      Mikhaila
      November 11, 2012

      Ur amazing i cant stop now :))) !!! Thanks Ms Fay

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    Tia Lee
    August 15, 2012

    Hi Fay greetings,

    Your website has helped me tremendously. I know the basics of Jamaican cooking for example. Making fried dumplings, plantings and boiled dumplings ect.
    I was the type of person that never liked to stay in the kitchen when my mom or grandmother was trying to show me and it’s hurting me now. Your recipes are easy to follow and my family loves what i have made so far. can you do a video on liver and bannas . Thanks again Tia Lee

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    Diane Rodriguez
    August 27, 2012

    Hi Faye

    The whole family enjoyed this recipe and will definitely be cooking again. So easy to achieve with the Video.

    regards

    Diane

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    Keisha
    October 17, 2012

    Listen, this was the best, I added molasses instead of sugar, but it was soooooooooooooooo good. My husband loved it. MY KIDS EVEN ATE IT and they don’t eat anything.

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      October 24, 2012

      Is this my cousin Keisha who lives in Maryland? If so, i have been meaning to tell u about this site. I found out about it from your brother, my cousin Kalvin. I love Faye and her recipes. If not hello anyway.

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    fay
    October 27, 2012

    Do i use the breasts with the 3lbs chicken or dark meat only thxs. Loooovvveee ur website

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      October 27, 2012

      Hi Fay,
      Thank you for your question. You can use white or dark meat, but I find dark meat to be more forgiving. When simmered too long white meat can get dry. Enjoy, Fay

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    Joe bloggs
    October 28, 2012

    Made this today and it tasted incredible. Many thanks for the superb recipe and please keep doing what you’re doing!

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    Marissa
    October 28, 2012

    I’m trying this recipe tonight! i cant wait to see how it comes out.

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    Dawn
    October 29, 2012

    I just made this it was amazing,!!!! i never cook with bell peppers so thought i wudnt enjoy it but it was gorgeous, and u were right about the sugar!! , thank you so much for sharing. i thought i was over chicken but not anymore xx

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      October 29, 2012

      Hi Dawn,
      So glad you enjoyed my recipe! Thank you for letting me know. Blessings, Fay

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    fay
    November 2, 2012

    Hi fay goin to make brown stew chicken today one question do i keep the chicken skin on….my parents are jamaican i have 5 sis so they kept me out the kitchen….I’ll let you know how it turns out…

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 3, 2012

      Hi Fay,
      Nice to hear from you. Yes, remove the chicken skin where you can. I have a video on the site that shows you how to cut up a prepare a whole chicken… check it out. Blessings, Fay

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    Ronda
    November 2, 2012

    You are so lovely ! This recipie was the bomb. My husband said my cooking tasted different…in a good way! Your site has truly given me the knowledge I was looking for to become a better cook and try something new. I feel like an iron chef in the kitchen when I follow you. Thanks so much for sharing !

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    fay
    November 9, 2012

    I made this last sat it was delish….my friend said it taste like jamaican restaurant food…thc u soooooo much fay. God bless u with good health & much favor….

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    Kim
    November 11, 2012

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank You!

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    lisa
    November 14, 2012

    You’re a great teacher Ms Fay your videos are the easiest I’ve seen on youtube keep up
    the great work God bless You : )

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    Christa
    December 19, 2012

    Thank you Ms. Fay for this recipie. I have tried many different ways to cook brow stew chicken and I love ths one the most..tastes like restaurant quality..Love Love Love !!!!!!

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    Jay
    December 24, 2012

    Thanks Fay

    I came across your site to see if there are different styles to my own and I am about to try your recipe. I never thought of using sugar so here we go.

    Must say keep up the good work and this site is now on my favourites :-)

    For the record you remind me of my mother, only she is a smallie, my father is Jamaican.

    God bless

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    Yanique
    December 25, 2012

    Hi Ms Fay,
    Thank you for sharing your recipes, I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve tried so far. I grew up in Jamaica and I’ve always used a little bit of browning when making this type of chicken. For this recipe are you substituting the browning with sugar or do you always use sugar? Thanks.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      December 26, 2012

      Hi Yanique,
      Thank you for getting in touch. Yes, I only use sugar in this recipe, which adds more flavour than using browning. Blessings, Fay

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    December 30, 2012

    helps me out , I am just learning to cook

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    Treya
    January 4, 2013

    What is pepper sauce and is there an equivalent that I can purchase if it is not available?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      January 4, 2013

      Hi Treya,
      Thank you for your question. West Indian hot pepper sauce is usually made with scotch bonnet peppers and other ingredients like papaya. If you can’t find it in your area any hot sauce will do. Blessings, Fay

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    Lucy
    January 19, 2013

    So thankful for finding your site Fay. Tonight I made your Brown Stew Chicken, Rice & Peas and your Coleslaw. All were such a hit. Thank you thank you thank you! x

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    Dwayne
    January 25, 2013

    This is a very good recipe. I made it for some friends and they said the food was TUN Up! (That means very good by the way) . I appreciate that you take the time to post these recipes because they are very good and I can tell that you cook your food with love and every jamaican knows that a dish that isn’t made with love can never taste good. Thank you again!

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    kerryann
    January 31, 2013

    Mmmnnh….yummy…thats how we yawddy do it….

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    Chasity
    February 1, 2013

    I used your recipes to make brown stew chicken & rice and peas, steamed cabbage and fried plantains. I never made brown stew chicken or rice & peas, but thanks to you they both turned out fabulous. My boyfriend was very impressed, as a matter of fact I think it was better than we get from the Jamaican restaraunts. Thank you so much, I will be making these again!!!

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    Ree
    February 19, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing my family loved it. Bless you!

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    Janice Hodges
    March 7, 2013

    Thank you Ms. Fay. I love your videos because they are precise and to the point without a bunch of small talk that don’t make no sense. Plus, your kitchen is the cleanest of all the videos I’ve seen. I’d eat your food any day. Thanks again

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    Jason
    March 23, 2013

    Hi, thanks for such great recipes. I’ve tried the banana bread just yesterday and I gotta say it was one of the best I’ve tasted!

    Can you tell me how much ‘a cup’ of water is in millilitres please. I’m from the uk.

    Thanks

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 24, 2013

      Hi Jason,
      Glad to hear your banana bread turned out lovely. Thank you for trying my recipe. One cup of water is equal to 250 mL. Blessings, Fay

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    March 26, 2013

    The brown stew chicken is a favourate of mine now! after years of trying to master it this recipe is briilant. Thank you Fay I will be trying more.

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    lynval
    March 27, 2013

    Going to give this recipe a try today for first time, cant wait!. Never realized how simple this dish was because it taste so good. excited to see what comes of it.

    Many Thanks
    Lynval

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    Plumpraisin
    April 12, 2013

    This was Outstanding! I’ll be making this AGAIN and AGAIN! I have never been more pleased w/ a meal I have cooked before in my life. And I could not have done it w/out your tutelage. You have paid it forward w/ this site. Please keep the wonderful recipes coming & stay encouraged.

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    Petra
    April 28, 2013

    Made this today for Sunday lunch. Yum. Only problem is that I may not have taken out enough oil after frying the chicken so it was a bit oily. Next time I will take out more oil. Overall great dish.

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    Tessa
    April 29, 2013

    This was delicious! My husband is Jamaican so I am trying out new recipes for him, and for my son to learn about the culture as well. This is the first of your we have tried and loved it! My husband said it was great and my 3 year old son couldn’t get enough! I refrigerated for 3 hours this time, next time i will season and refrigerate overnight. But it was still delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes. I will be trying one a week and will let you know how they turn out! Thanks from Vancouver, BC

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    coronamom@sbcglobal.net
    April 30, 2013

    Can you use deboned chicken? And what type of hot sauce do you use?

    Thank you,
    Nancy

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      May 20, 2013

      Yes, you can debone the chicken and will still turn out lovely. I use West Indian pepper sauce. Any one made with scotch bonnet peppers will do.

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    Roberta
    June 5, 2013

    When do you add the sugar, is it in the marinate that is used on the chicken or do you put it in the sauce directly after you added the peppers and onions and water? I have heard people heat the sugar in oil first to brown it and then make sauce, is this okay too?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      June 11, 2013

      As you’ll see above, the sugar is listed with the seasonings used to marinate the chicken. That way when you fry the chicken you’ll getting the “browning”. Blessings

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    Davieon
    June 11, 2013

    I marinated my chicken while I was making beef patties for dinner. I cooked the brown stew chicken the next evening and my family loved it! So flavorful! Thank you Mrs. Fay

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    June 19, 2013

    yes i love the way u keep it real onelove 2 u all bigup

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    Andy
    June 29, 2013

    Hi Mrs. Fay,

    How do you think this would do in a slow cooker? Love your recipes!!

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      July 26, 2013

      Hi Andy,
      That’s a good question. I think it would do well in a slow cooker. But if you want to get the flavour you may want to brown the chicken first. Timing is also important, if you simmer it too long it could turn to mush. Best of luck and let me know how it works out. Blessings, Fay

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    Lilly
    August 20, 2013

    Thank you Miss Fay! I am Jamaican-born, but raised in America since age 10. I never learned how to cook the delicious Jamaican foods that my mom prepared, but I have sort of figured them out. It is wonderful to see these videos and know the “proper” way to cook all my favorites for my family.

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    James Jeffery
    August 22, 2013

    Ms. Fay,

    My stepdad is Jamaican and my mom cooks a lot of Jamaican food. She learnt from his mother who lives in Jamaica. I’ve always loved my mothers Jamaican food, but shes never had the time to teach me. I love your videos and you’re such an adorable kind lady. Im cooking this tonight along with your rice and peas recipe and your dumplings recipe. I decided to use boned chicken thighs is that ok? Hopefully this comes out wonderful tonight. Jamacain food is probably my favorite food on the earth. So raw, yet so tasty! Gordon Ramsy isn’t a patch on you Ms Fay. God bless and love to you and your family from the UK!

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    Lisa
    September 1, 2013

    Love this!!! This has become a favorite dish in my home. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

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    littleokie
    September 29, 2013

    Whaa! Thanks for the memories! I lived on the island of St.Croix for a while (13 years) and have missed the People, food and rum. Your stewwed chicken recipe is excelent. Haveing curried shrimp tommorrow. On the hunt for some goat meat now! Dont think Ill find any saalltfish in the Texas panhandle though. Keep up the good work! Got a goat water recipe? Or some doubles? mmmm doubles.

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    Tee
    October 14, 2013

    Hello,
    How would i prepare brown stew chicken with store bought browning sauce?

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 12, 2013

      M’dear why would you want to? All the flavour comes from browning the chicken in the pan. I use store-bought browning for colour only not flavour. Blessings, Fay

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    Shaye
    October 18, 2013

    I just followed your recipe and made this for my family n they loved it!!! I’m a Jamaican American n some of the foods I enjoy when I visit Jamaica, we just didn’t know how to make. So glad I found you!! I will be making a lot more Jamaican food now!! Thank you soo much and God Bless you!!

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    Angie
    October 22, 2013

    Delicious!!! Thankyou :-)

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    Twaquita Scott
    November 13, 2013

    Hi Mrs. I stumbled across your YouTube videos and seen more than a hand full of recipes I’m anxious to try! I’m only 28 and been cooking since I was 9 or 1o but lately I’ve lost intrest fromccooking the same ole’ which is bad because I have a husband and kids who love to eat. And around the house all we have been eating is a lot of nonsense with absolutely no effort and love :-( sad I know because I was always taught to cook from the heart and soul the flavors will warm and love you back. .. so with that being said your videos and recipes are just what I need to motivate me and fill the family with love plus I love jamaican food and have wanted not just any recipe but one’s that I could feel that certain love from and yours does just that. Im gonna try the brown stewed chicken tonight. It looks yummy . :-):-) by the way this is my 1sr ever jamaican recipe im very excited to try it out!!

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    Pamela Barrett
    December 8, 2013

    Thank you so much Fay! I’ve tried a few of your recipes and each one have turned up perfect. I’ve also added a half of a fresh tomato to the stew. I hope that will be ok. My stew chicken is simmering while I’m typing this and my family is hungrily waiting for the feast. Keep up the good work and thank you again!!

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    Pamela Barrett
    December 8, 2013

    Verdict from my family: DELICIOUS!!!!!!

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    Ericka Allen
    December 10, 2013

    Blessings,

    I am so excited about this dish. I have a family of five and they are all boys so I must get this right. :) Question, do I need to add any more sugar after it marinates? I am making this right now.

    Happy Holidays!!!

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    Lindsi
    December 13, 2013

    Ms Fay, My goodness this is so delicious. It is now my favourite dinner EVER. Made it for guests twice since I stumbled across it – clean plates allllll round. I always heard of Brown Stew Chicken and now I can make it for myself.
    Yum. Thank you. Home cooking at its finest.

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    Pamela
    December 30, 2013

    A great BIG thank you to you Ms Fay. Just served the brown stew chicken for dinner tonight … FABULOUS!!! They say a picture is worth a thousand words … well then your video is worth a million! You keep it simple … yet foolproof. I am also SUPER excited to find the ginger beer recipe … that will be my next Jamaican adventure. We had a small home-style Jamaican restaurant that closed in my town a little over a year ago, she made the BEST ginger beer. Never thought I’d get to taste it again .. surprise, here it is! What a fabulous legacy you are creating! Your family is truly blessed to have a lovely talented lady such as you to lead them in the kitchen as well as in life. Be well. Pamela

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    Catrice
    January 4, 2014

    Mrs. Fay, I am so glad you have this posted recipe for us. It brings back very found memories of my Great Auntie from Grand Cayman who used to make this for myself and my siblings quite often as she took care of us during our upbringing in the 1970′s and 80′s. She did not include the ketchup or scallions (due to frugality and lack of access, we rarely had scallions in our home in the 70′s but we did have lots of regular onions) nor pepper sauce (the little ones could not handle the heat very well). Outside of that this is the recipe and extremely similar to her version of how she cooked her stew chicken.

    Thank you for bringing back fond memories of caribbean food and someone I loved so dearly.

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    Antti
    January 4, 2014

    Hi Fay! Thank you for this recipe. I cooked this today and it was very nice.

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    Chima
    January 12, 2014

    Ms. Fay…honestly, before I made this recipe I had almost given up on cooking chicken. It always came out dry and disappointing. But I made this recipe last night and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Everyone loved it. Thank you so muchhhhhhh :-)

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    Marguerite
    January 12, 2014

    Dear Fay

    I love your recipes, mostly because they are a reminder of what I used to make in Jamaica as a young bride, and I love the little twists and improvements that you make as well as the helpful hints. I made this fricaseed chicken at my News Years Day get together this year, along with your coleslaw. Both were loved by all.

    Thank you for beiing an important part of my life!

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    Marguerite
    January 12, 2014

    Faye – I also made your MightyMac and Cheese and although my kids and grandkids love my mac and cheese, it was the first time I was asked for the recipe!

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    Momof2
    January 13, 2014

    Delicious! Thank you Faye for the wonderful recipes!

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    Michelle Parson
    January 14, 2014

    I cooked brown stew chicken the other Sunday for Sunday dinner. Now this is not a dish I would normally cook on a su8nday. Being British I have gotten into the habit of cooking a traditional English Sunday Roast with some Jamaican side dishes. But as I has some left over seasoned chicken pieces in the freezer I decided to brown stew them. Licious my friend Finger licking licious. Hey Fay thanks for tip regarding the hot water. I will remember that for next time.

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    Damion Jones
    February 9, 2014

    Great recipe just tried it,a also added vegetables taste great.

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    winston
    February 13, 2014

    im going to try to make brown stew chicken using your recipe, hopefully it will be as awesome in texture, flavor and the right tint as yours comes out on screen, although i may have to skip the pepper sauce my in-laws and wife aren’t really big on spicy foods as i am.

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    Wendi
    February 28, 2014

    I cooked this and it come out beautiful really nice whole family loved it thank u Faye for your wonderful dishes so happy I found your site xxxxx

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    BB
    March 23, 2014

    Dear Fay,
    Thank you so much for this recipe, I made it with your rice and peas recipe for dinner. My husband so loved it and so did I. I am not Jamaican but just wanted to cook something different, it was worth my while. Will be trying some other recipes of yours. Thanks for sharing X

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    Nancy
    March 26, 2014

    The chickens at my grocery store are much larger than what you cook. Would you chop them into smaller pieces or just have larger serving sizes?

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us. My new friend is from Kingston. I want to make a meal that will make him smile!

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