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Jamaican Stew Chicken Recipe

Instant Pot Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Quick and Easy Authentic Stew Chicken in Minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Browning Time per Batch 6 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 596 kcal


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


Seasoning the Chicken

  • 4 Whole Chicken Drumsticks Cleaned and Washed
  • 4 Whole Chicken Thighs Cleaned and Washed
  • 2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

For the Stew

  • 1 Tablespoon Jamaican Browning
  • 1 Teaspoon Scotch Bonnet Chopped
  • 2 Medium Potatoes I used 5 Baby Potatoes
  • ½ Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Medium Onion Large Diced
  • 6 Cloves Garlic Chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot Chopped
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar optional
  • 1 Teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning like abodo
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil


Seasoning the Chicken

  • Add the cleaned and washed chicken to a bowl and add the ground spices ( salt, pepper, paprika and all purpose seasoning).
  • Use your clean hand or a large spoon to mix the spices into the chicken.
  • Cover and allow the chicken to sit until ready to cook.

Stewing the Chicken

  • Turn the instant pot to the saute option and all the vegetable oil.
  • Once the oil is heated, add each piece of chicken one side down and brown for 3 minutes on each side. You may want to do this step in two batches.
  • As soon as all the chicken pieces are browned. Turn the instant pot on to the pressure cook setting on high for 6 minutes.
  • Add all the vegetables, browning, water and ketchup. Stir and cover. Allow the chicken and vegetables to cook for 6 minutes.
  • Once the timer is up, turn the instant pot to saute for 3 minutes to allow the sauce to reduce.



Clean the chicken by trimming any excess fat from the chicken.
Also, wash the chicken with any citrus or vinegar. 
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