How to make Trinidad Curry Chicken

Published on August 20th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Curry Chicken in a pot with a bowl of rice on the side

Aside from street food, Trinidad is most famous for its curry. Locals who live away are known for packing bags of curry powder to make sure they are cooking authentic Trini curry when feeling homesick. The curry powder used in Trinidad is locally made and processed, giving it its unique taste and color that make it famous worldwide. This recipe for Trinidad Curry Chicken is a great way to learn how to make it for yourself at home. We will show you the pro-tips and tricks on how to get that intense curry flavor and its iconic green color in your kitchen. This dish can be served with rice or any of your favorite curried vegetable side dishes. Feel free to check out our selection of different Roti recipes if you want to have an authentic Trini Curry Meal.

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
65 mins
Serves
6

Ingredients

Seasoning Marinade
  • 1 Whole Chicken cut into at least 12 pieces

  • 1 tablespoon Salt

  • 2 tablespoons of Curry Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Geera (Cumin) Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Amchar or Garam (hot) Masala

  • 125 ml Green Seasoning 

Cooking
  • 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil

  • 3 Garlic Cloves

  • ½ teaspoon Geera Seeds (Cumin)

  • 2 tablespoons Curry Powder

  • 1 tablespoon Amchar or Garam (hot) Masala

  • 1 tablespoon Geera Powder (Cumin)

  • Water

  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Optional Ingredient
  • 1-2 Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Instructions

Seasoning Marinade

Season chicken with the seasoning ingredients and marinate in a container for a minimum of one hour or overnight for more depth of flavor.

Add the optional ingredient after removing seeds and mincing OR add it later on in step 6 of the cooking process.

Cooking

Take a large heavy bottom pot, add the coconut oil and place on a high heat.

When the oil is hot, add the garlic cloves and the geera seeds, cook until burnt, and then remove and discard.

Place the curry, masala, and geera powders into the oil. Mix using a wooden spoon, into a paste and cook for 3-5 minutes, adding a little of the water if the paste is too dry.

Carefully put the marinated chicken into the pot, stirring to coat it in the curry paste, and cook on high heat for 10-15 minutes.

Mix in enough water to fully submerge the chicken. Then reduce the heat to medium and let it cook for 20 minutes uncovered.

This is when you can add the optional ingredient by placing the pepper into the liquid and letting it poach while the chicken is cooking. Do not let the pepper pop because it will make the entire dish very hot!! Remove from the pot and set aside before the next step.

After 20 minutes have passed, stir the pot to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pot adding water if necessary. Cover and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Once the chicken is cooked correctly, and the consistency of the gravy is to your liking, remove from the heat and let rest covered for 20 minutes or when it is warm to the touch for people who like eating with their hands.

Serve warm with your choice of roti or rice with any curry vegetable side dishes.

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Hang (not verified)

How can I season the chicken with the seasoning ingredients?

Permalink 05 Apr 2024

Classic Bakes

Hello Hang, thanks for this question! We have updated the recipe to highlight the seasoning process. Please check it again Thanks!

Permalink 07 Apr 2024

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart