Jamaican Chicken Fricassee`

Marsha Gardner


Years ago when we went to Jamaica, we didn't stay in a resort, but in the countryside with a family from Jamaica.

This is one of the dishes that we ate while there. It is a bit on the spicy side with the "Scotch bonnet peppers", but so tasty.


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  • 2-3 lb
  • 2
    limes, rinsed and quartered
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 medium
    yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium
    tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1
    sprig fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1
    whole scotch bonnet, green
  • 1 slice
    scotch bonnet, red
  • 1/4 c
    canola oil
  • 2 c
    chicken stock

How to Make Jamaican Chicken Fricassee`


  1. Rinse the chickens and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut the chickens into serving pieces.
  2. To make a broth, place the chicken backs, necks, and wing tips into a small pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until needed.
  3. Place the other chicken pieces in a large bowl and squeeze the limes over them, coating each piece with juice. (Leave the lime rinds in the bowl.) Sprinkle on the salt and black pepper, add the onions, tomatoes, garlic, thyme, and Scotch bonnet peppers, and mix well. Set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour.
  4. In a large skillet, heat half of the oil over high heat until it is very hot. Fry half the pieces of chicken until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the pieces from the pan and set aside on a large plate.
  5. Wipe out the old oil and add the remaining oil. Repeat the frying process with the rest of the chicken pieces. Remove the chicken from the pan and pour out the oil.
  6. Discard the lime rinds from the tomato mixture. Return the pan to medium-high heat, add all the chicken pieces and tomato mixture, and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
  7. Blend in the chicken stock. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken is tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Remove the whole Scotch bonnet pepper. Serve the chicken with the sauce spooned over it.

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About Jamaican Chicken Fricassee`

Course/Dish: Chicken

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