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Easy Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe

Easy Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe

This easy Jamaican Chicken Curry is a comfort food in Jamaica and is super simple to make and delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!

Looking for another popular Jamaican Curry try my Jamaican Shrimp Curry.


Yes, it has hints of spice for sure. Because you are cooking it in curry spice and scotch bonnet peppers. 

This recipe is definitely one of my favorite Jamaican dishes.

Well that is next to curry goat, both are prepared the pretty much the exact same way too.

It is sooo good, I could eat it each and every day. And sometimes will make enough so that I can enjoy it over a few days.  


I would describe it has having tender pieces of chicken that are simmered in creamy curry flavors. 

Jamaican Curry Chicken

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Negril, Ocho Rio and Montego Bay a few years back during one of our frigid Canadian winters.

And hope to go back again sometimes soon, the people, landscapes and culture was really amazing.

Not to mention the food, which is way too good to even explain. So as soon as I had the chance to prepare it myself, I did. 

I hope you like this dish as much as we do. 

Jamaican Curry Chicken recipe


You can cook it several ways:

  • Pressure Cooker: Cook for approx. 10 minutes – after following the initial steps.
  • Stove Top: Cook covered on low for 60 minutes. – after following the initial steps.
  • Slow Cooker: Cook covered on low for 8 hours. – after following the initial steps. 
  • FOR THE MARINADE: In a resealable container, mix together the lemon juice, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, curry, thyme, black pepper. Add the diced chicken and toss to coat then marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • FOR THE CURRY: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat or pressure cooker on brown setting. Then add the onions, and cook till fragrant about 3 minutes.
  • Find the remaining steps (below) in the recipe card.
Jamaican Curry Chicken

Another recipe, I remember eating was Salty Shrimp.

Which is often served directly from the ladies who sell it daily on the streets in and around many Jamaican towns. 

Oh, and of course. I cannot forget their delicious Roti’s. Which have either Chicken or Goat meat in it!

I never forgot these amazing foods. “As most Jamaicans would say, Di chicken eat good!! = “The chicken tastes good”. So please give it a try for yourself!

You are sure to become a fan!

Jamaican Curry Chicken

All over the island you are sure to find similar chicken curry dishes to the recipe here.

Just make sure you purchase the correct curry for this recipe, as it’s the most important part when making a Caribbean curry like this.

This is the sauce I like to use instead of the bonnet pepper. Of course you can use fresh scotch bonnet peppers instead. 

Just be careful as those peppers are fire hot and you can burn your eyes if your not careful. 

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Notes: Do not pressure cook chicken with the bones on as this may create lose bones in the curry. Rather use Chicken Breasts instead. 


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