Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free.


"Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed... I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself." -Delia Smith

The refrigerator light goes on...

The flavors of the Caribbean are at once simple and complex.

There are a lot of aromatic spices used in Jamaican food including ginger, garlic, allspice, nutmeg and paprika.  Bringing a few of those elements to this stew makes all the difference in the world – especially the addition of the allspice.

You have to be careful with this delightful flavoring – too much of any single spice will easily overwhelm the dish. This is especially true of the scotch bonnet pepper. If you are not a fan of spicy food, start with a very small one (or a single jalapeno) and add another if you want more heat – or use a bit of cayenne pepper toward the end of the cooking.

This is a great dish to learn about flavor balancing. When you taste the broth alone it may be far too spicy for your taste, but when eaten with the carrots, yams, cabbage, and chicken the sweet and savory flavors balance the spiciness perfectly.


Jamaican Chicken Stew

Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 2 cups

Cooking time: 60 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied but you'll need a big pot. This recipe keeps well for about 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Jamaican Chicken Stew recipe from Dr. Gourmet


Place the olive oil in a in a stockpot over medium-high heat.

Add the onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the chicken thighs and cook for about 4-5 minutes, turning so that they brown on all sides.

Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir frequently.

Add the pepper, yams, carrots, chicken stock, water, thyme, allspice, salt, and Worcestershire sauce and stir.

Bring the stew to a simmer and allow to simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Place the wedges of cabbage into the stew and gently submerge them, leaving them in their wedge shape.

Cover and continue simmering for another 15 minutes without stirring.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 cups

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 406 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 7%
    Saturated Fat 1g 7%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 22%
    Dietary Fiber 11g 37%
    Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin K 62mcg