Curry Chicken and Beautiful Belize
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Belize
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Serves: 4 servings
A delicious, rich dish of spicy curry chicken! Easy to make and terrific for a crowd. Just double or triple and brown the chicken in batches. Enjoy!
  • 12 assorted pieces of chicken, legs, thighs and wings–bone in, skin on preferably
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and de-ribbed and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or put through a press
  • Salt and pepper, about a teaspoon of each
  • 1-3 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, butter or ghee
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons curry powder, Caribbean yellow if you have it, or Madras Curry Powder
  1. Wash and dry chicken pieces. If the thighs are large, cut them in half. Put pieces in a big bowl and sprinkle well with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix cilantro, jalapeño, onion, garlic and 1 cup of chicken broth and pour over the chicken. Mix well to coat pieces.
  3. Refrigerate and let marinate a minimum of one hour up to 24 hours. Stir occasionally.
  4. When you're ready to make the chicken, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, butter or ghee in a large frying pan or a dutch oven.
  5. When the fat is hot, remove chicken pieces from the marinade, getting as much of the solids off as you can and add to your pan. Reserve the marinade.
  6. On medium high heat, cook chicken 10 minutes to brown the first side then flip over and cook 10 minutes to brown the other side. The chicken skin will stick some so use a spatula to get under each piece to flip it over. Don't worry about the skin stuck to the pan, it will loosen when you add the marinade.
  7. Remove a few tablespoons of fat from the pan before you do the next step.
  8. When the chicken is nice and brown on both sides, add the reserved marinade to the pan and let it cook about 8 or 10 minutes over medium heat. If the pan is getting too dry, add more chicken broth.
  9. Now add the 2 tablespoons curry powder. Swirl it around in the sauce and add about another cup of chicken broth scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. You want to make a nice sauce, not thin and watery but spoonable. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings. Add more curry powder if you like more spice. Spoon sauce over the chicken pieces.
  10. Let it all cook over medium to medium-low heat about another 15 or 20 minutes to let the flavors blend.
  11. Serve with steamed rice, quinoa, rice and peas or cous-cous.
If you're cooking this for a crowd, double your ingredients and then brown it in 2 or 3 batches and keep the chicken warm in a roasting pan in a 300 degree oven. When all the chicken is cooked, pour out the fat from the pan and add the marinade and extra chicken broth to your pan and scrape up all those flavorful brown bits. Let the marinade cook down for several minutes, add the curry, stir it around and then put all your chicken pieces into a large pot or dutch oven that can hold it. Pour the sauce over the chicken adding more broth so it's wet enough. Let it all cook for another 15 or 20 minutes and then serve.
Recipe by Kate Battistelli at