Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

30 Apr
Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

 

Chicken and rice, I think every culture has some sort of rendition of this dish. From Puerto Rican Asopau de Pollo to Japanese Oyakodon to Indian Chicken Biryani to Spanish Paella to  New Orleans style Chicken Gumbo this combination is just hard to beat. They’re all good! Today I’m bringing you a Caribbean version, more specifically my take on a Trinidadian version. (Thanks so much to my FB friends from Healthy Menus and Recipes for exposing me to some Caribbean cuisine I really knew nothing about!) So this simple man’s plan to healthier eating today is Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure. And what a treasure it is! To date I think it’s my take on this classic duo! The depth of flavors and levels of complexities are simply incredible. I’ve really had nothing like this.
Here’s what you’ll need for your Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure:
Chicken- 2 lbs skinless thighs, drumsticks, breasts or a mix I used boneless, skinless thighs because that`s what I had in the house. Bone in might be even better.
Canola or vegetable Oil- 2 Tablespoons
Brown Sugar- 2 Tablespoons
Onion- 1/2 cup diced
Carrot- 1/2 cup diced
Celery- 1/2 cup diced
Red Bell Pepper- 1/2 cup diced
Rice- 1 1/2 cups uncooked
Green Peas- 2 cups frozen
Parsley- small bunch
Cilantro- small bunch
Thyme- 1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh
Green Onion. 2 white & green parts
Garlic- 4-5 cloves
Ginger- 1 inch piece grated
Habanero Pepper- 1 seeds removed
Lime Juice- 1/4 cup
White Vinegar- 1/4 cup
Coconut Milk- 1 15oz can
Chicken Stock- 2 cups
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We`re going to start with something called ´´green seasoning´´ which is really pretty unbelievably ridiculously good. I actually think it`s gonna be a go to marinade for chicken, pork, fish or shrimp. It´s just awesome & when you whirl up a batch you`ll know immediately what I´m talking about. To the bowl af a food processor or blender cup add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, green onions, ginger, habanero, thyme, lime juice, vinegar & a teaspoon of salt. Chicken Pelau2Process to a loose paste. The smell is unworldly, so fresh!!Chicken Pelau3In a nonreactive bowl add the ´´green seasoning´´ and chicken. Your want to let this marinate at least 1 hour but overnight is so much better.Chicken Pelau4Prep the carrots, onion, red bell pepper, celery & tomato.Chicken Pelau5Add the diced veggies to the chicken & marinade.Chicken Pelau6Let`s get cooking! Heat a the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When hot add the brown sugar.Chicken Pelau7Let the sugar melt & get bubbly. You can see it starting to smoke. Give it a good stir.Chicken Pelau8Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, stirring well to make sure you get them well coated with the oil-sugar combination.Chicken Pelau9Look at that coating! It`s a thing of brown beauty! Cover the pot and let cook 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally.Chicken Pelau10 Add the veggies with the remaining green seasoning & give a stir.Chicken Pelau11

Let this cook for 3-4 minutes.Chicken Pelau13Add in the rice & stir.Chicken Pelau14Add the coconut milk & stock. Stir, cover, bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer. Chicken Pelau15 Cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed & the rice cooked. Please note I used white rice here, if you`re using brown rice the time will increase to 35-40 minutes.Chicken Pelau16Now add the peas & give a stir.Chicken Pelau17Ready to serve, this is just so good!Chicken Pelau20

Chicken Pelau24Garnish with a little parsley or cilantro.

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Plate & enjoy your Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure!

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

Ingredients

  • Chicken- 2 lbs skinless thighs, drumsticks, breasts or a mix I used boneless, skinless thighs because that`s what I had in the house. Bone in might be even better.
  • Canola or vegetable Oil- 2 Tablespoons
  • Brown Sugar- 2 Tablespoons
  • Onion- 1/2 cup diced
  • Carrot- 1/2 cup diced
  • Celery- 1/2 cup diced
  • Red Bell Pepper- 1/2 cup diced
  • Rice- 1 1/2 cups uncooked
  • Green Peas- 2 cups frozen
  • Parsley- small bunch
  • Cilantro- small bunch
  • Thyme- 1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh
  • Green Onion. 2 white & green parts
  • Garlic- 4-5 cloves
  • Ginger- 1 inch piece grated
  • Habanero Pepper- 1 seeds removed
  • Lime Juice- 1/4 cup
  • White Vinegar- 1/4 cup
  • Coconut Milk- 1 15oz can
  • Chicken Stock- 2 cups
  • S & P

Instructions

    For the Green Seasoning
  1. To the bowl af a food processor or blender cup add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, green onions, ginger, habanero, thyme, lime juice, vinegar & a teaspoon of salt. Process to a loose paste.
  2. For the Chicken Pelau
  3. In a nonreactive bowl add the ´´green seasoning´´ and chicken. Your want to let this marinate at least 1 hour but overnight is so much better.
  4. Prep the carrots, onion, red bell pepper, celery & tomato.
  5. Add the diced veggies to the chicken & marinade.
  6. Let`s get cooking! Heat a the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When hot add the brown sugar. Let the sugar melt & get bubbly. You can see it starting to smoke. Give it a good stir.
  7. Add the chicken a few pieces at a time, stirring well to make sure you get them well coated with the oil-sugar combination.
  8. Cover the pot and let cook 7-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the veggies with the remaining green seasoning & give a stir. Let this cook for 3-4 minutes.
  10. Add in the rice & stir.
  11. Add the coconut milk & stock. Stir, cover, bring to a boil & reduce to a simmer.
  12. Cook for about 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed & the rice cooked. Please note I used white rice here, if you`re using brown rice the time will increase to 35-40 minutes.
  13. Add the peas & give a stir. Cover for 2-3 minutes.
  14. Ready to serve. Garnish with a little parsley or cilantro.
  15. Plate & enjoy your Chicken Pelau, a true Caribbean treasure!
  16. Garnish with a little parsley or cilantro.
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3 thoughts on “Chicken Pelau A Caribbean Treasure

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    • Thanks so much Karrie, I so appreciate it! Please give this a try & let me know what you think. To date this is my FAVORITE chicken & rice dish yet!

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