Happy Father's Day, Daddy - Jamaican Style

If you recall, on Mother's Day, I cooked my Mom a special dinner, so when Father's Day came around, you know I couldn't do any less.  Unfortunately, our schedules weren't aligned and I wasn't able to cook my Dad dinner on Father's Day, so I offered him an I.O.U. which he gladly accepted.

After discovering the Cook Like a Jamaican YouTube channel, I decided that my Dad was going to have to try a different cuisine, at least for one night.  My Dad's the type of man who loves food, will try new dishes, but in the end he'll still ask for a piece of good ol fashioned fried chicken.

For him, I decided to make Brown Stew Chicken served over basmati rice with a tossed salad.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Now although I planned not to alter these newly found Jamaican recipes, I couldn't help it with this one because there was something I wanted from the two recipes I found:  Winter One Pot - Brown Stew Chicken by Caroline Arliss and How to Cook Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken by Fay DeLeon.  The first one used white and sweet potatoes as well as carrots, but I loved the second recipe as well...so I combined them.  In the end, my stew was more the consistency of Caroline's stew, with the flavors of Fay's.

From this recipe I used carrots, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, allspice (but I ground the whole dried berries with my mortar and pestle), and broth. I used low sodium vegetable broth. Also, because I didn't have the hot pepper sauce mentioned in the second video, I did as Caroline suggested and put a habañero pepper in the pot, unchopped. However, because my Dad doesn't like too much spicy foods, I allowed the pepper to remain in the pot for about half of the cooking time.

I seasoned and marinated my chicken according to the recipe below.  I also did everything in this video with the exception of the few ingredient add-ins mentioned above.

For those of you who might be concerned that this is a spicy dish, let me ease your mind and tell you that it is not. It has a hint of sweetness that is due to the allspice, the brown sugar, and the sweet potatoes. This is definitely a dish going into rotation. If we ever get snow next winter, I'll be sure to make this. Then I can be sure to get my crochet on while the stew simmers. :-)

Buen Provecho, 

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  1. It looks so yummy! I'm like your Dad. I'll try new stuff but give me some good fried chicken any day. :)

  2. It does look like a good winter dish. Looks like one to try when it's not so hot.

  3. Yum!!! I am drooling as I type. This looks so delicious, who cares if it's 106 outside, this meal is going to be cooked in the summer, I can't wait till winter! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com New follower.


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