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Jamaican Curry Chicken

Jamaican Curry Chicken - Instant Pot Recipe

The Most Original Jamaican Curry Chicken Recipe in an Instant Pot
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Saute 5 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings


  • Wooden Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Knife
  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
  • Mixing Bowl


To Season the Chicken

  • 2 Pounds White Meat Chicken Cleaned and Cut
  • 1 Tablespoon Jamaican Curry Powder for Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme
  • 3 Balls Pimento or Allspice

To Cook the Chicken

  • 1 Tablespoon Jamaican Curry Powder for Cooking
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Chopped
  • ½ Cup Water or Chicken Stock
  • 1 Teaspoon Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 1 Large Potato Peeled and Diced (I used 5 Baby Potatoes)
  • 1 Small Onion Peeled and Diced
  • 1 Medium Carrot Peeled and Sliced


  • Season chicken by adding the curry powder, paprika, black pepper and salt.
  • Using a large spoon, or a gloved hand, massage the spices into the chicken then allow to sit and marinate at room temperature until ready to cook.
  • Turn the instant pot on to the saute option and add the olive oil.
  • Once heated, add the second tablespoon of curry powder and minced garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds to a minute until curry slightly changes in color and fragrant.
  • All the pieces of seasoned chicken in one side and allow the chicken to brown.
  • Add all the other vegetables along with a small amount of water and stir.
  • Turn the instant pot off from the saute setting and turn the pressure cook setting to high for 7 minutes.
  • Cover the instant pot and allow the chicken and vegetables to cook.
  • Once the timer is up, use the natural release method to allow the steam to escape.
  • Open the instant pot and turn the saute option back on and allow the sauce to reduce for 3 minutes.



Jamaican Curry Chicken is often enjoyed with Boiled Green Bananas, Jasmine Rice or even Fried Dumplings.
You can find Jamaican Curry Powder HERE for Purchase. 
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