I DIDN’T HAVE TO REAR MY CHICKENS #CURRIED CHICKEN

That’s it! I’m going start rearing my own chickens. I certainly wish I could. Sad to state it’s not conducive with my present living space. However, back then as a child when I resided on my island domain, Jamaica, possibilities were and are still endless.  I did (well, my entire family reared chickens).

It’s funny how cooking a dish can bring back memories. I do think I indulge in a chicken dish almost daily. I love it grilled, baked, fried, in soup or any other way. And, one of the favorite ways I love to consume chicken is to curry same. So, it was in a heart’s beat that I chopped up my chicken thighs and drumsticks for a succulent curried dish.

The entire chicken is great for a curried dish. However, I prefer to use the dark portions as they are packed with more flavors. Thighs and drumsticks were chopped into bite-sized pieces and were marinated overnight with salt, black pepper, crushed garlic, finely chopped onions, scotch bonnet peppers, cumin, curry powder, thyme, slash of vinegar and soy sauce and a pinch of sugar.

I allowed my sturdy skillet to get piping hot and then drizzled coconut oil within. Chicken pieces were sautéed for a few minutes to lock in flavors. Then, water was added to cover chicken pieces. Half way through cooking process, chicken pieces were flipped. Additional liquid was added along with fresh thyme and more seasoning so as to gain a more flavorful sauce and to arrive at the right consistency. Pot was simmered for approximately half an hour under low to medium heat until pieces were fork tender.

Chicken was served on a fluffy bed of Jasmine rice along with a serving of kale and fried plantains (not in picture). I can never get tired of this dish. To say that I was happy is an understatement; I was over-the-moon.

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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