January 29, 2006

Jamaican Chicken Stew

Still not able to post new photos (soon, I hope!) but I did manage to find an unposted photo that I had stored elsewhere than my computer. This is a dish that I make quite often - it's quick, it depends on staple ingredients from my pantry, and it is delicious. It's also extraordinarily healthy, being both very low-fat and chock-full of antioxidant black beans.

There are a lot of recipes kicking around the web for Jamaican Chicken Stew and I suppose that mine isn't radically different from the others out there, but I do prefer it with my own little adjustments. I originally took the recipe from the first Cooking Light Soups & Stews collection, and added/changed/tweaked as necessary to come up with this - a household favourite that gets made at least once per month (and has been made with turkey thighs, chicken thighs, or chicken breast to good effect).

I make this often enough that I should probably just mix up a big batch of the spice mixture that gets tossed with the cut-up chicken. I almost always have some black beans and a can of diced tomatoes lurking around, and capers certainly keep well in the fridge. I keep a giant bottle of vermouth on the kitchen counter to use in risottos and to deglaze anything that seems to need it, which is much more pantry-friendly than the red wine listed in the original recipe. As written, the recipe takes a paltry 1/2 hour to make, from strolling into the kitchen to dishing up the finished dish. Use of a non-stick pan makes clean-up decidedly easy, and if there are any leftovers (I always plan for leftovers) they reheat splendidly for dinner or lunches the next day.

Really, this is a dish that gets five stars: one for being delicious, two for being quick, three for being healthy, four for easy clean-up, and five for terrific leftovers.

Now I know what to do with that package of chicken breasts I found on sale at the supermarket this week: I'm adding this in to my menu plan!


Typical INgredients said...

Hi Dawna,

I missed your cooking! Well the picture looks great and I'm sure the meal itself.

Thanks for sharing your recipe, I never had Jamaican Chicken Stew before but next thing I thought about is try it! Take care...


Meena said...

This looks good, I'll definitely give it a try.

PS: The roundup fo rthe FRM-Breakfast event is up. I missed you in this issue. Hope to see you in the next one!

Michele said...

We totally have the same taste in food, this looks SO GOOD!

Templar said...

I love Jamacian cooking, everyone sucks up the the jamacian lady at work when we have a pot luck, her dishes are the first empty.

Dawna said...

Thanks for your comments and support, folks! I've got my computer up and running again, and hope to be posting a little more regularly now.

Hooray for friends who understand the technology and have the tools to deal with recalcitrant machinery!