Slow Cooker Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Prep Time : 20 mins | Cook Time : 4 hrs | Total Time : 4 hrs 20 mins

Slow Cooker Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken  An incredibly rich-in-flavor all time Jamaican classic- Jamaican Brown Chicken Sauce right in your slow cooker.


Chicken Marinate

  • 5-6 5-6 chicken thighs bone-in trimmed of excess fat= , bone-in
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoons bouillon chicken powder
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 green onions ,  diced

Brown Chicken Stew

  • 2 tablespoons or more canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce , sub chili sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 small bell pepper, red or green , sliced
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¾ cup chicken broth/water
  • salt and to taste


  1. Place chicken thighs in a large bowl or slow-cooker insert. Then seasoned with all marinade ingredients- salt, chicken bouillon, garlic, ginger, paprika, white pepper, and thyme. Mix chicken with a spoon or with hands until they are well coated, cover tightly and set aside in the fridge Marinate for about an hour or preferably overnight
  2. When ready to cook heat up a skillet or large saucepan with about 2 tablespoons oil, and then brown the chicken about 3-4 minutes until chicken is a golden brown: remove and place in the crockpot. Drain any excess oil from the skillet and leave about 2 Tablespoons of oil.
  3. Add onions, garlic, hot sauce, smoked paprika, sugar, browning sauce, ketchup, bell peppers and salt to taste. Stir for about 2-3 minutes until onions is translucent.
  4. Then add to crockpot, deglaze the pan with about ¾ cup of water add to slow cooker, together with ketchup, brown sauce and any remaining marinade from the chicken.
  5. Cover and cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Remove and serve with rice and beans

Recipe Notes

  1. When adding chicken, it is a great idea to brown the chicken first, for a few minutes, sauté the garlic, onions stove top, before adding to the crockpot.  Small step = huge flavors.
  2. If you want to throw everything in the crockpot and cook away, that’s fine too. I tried it and it wasn’t bad at all. But I prefer the former.
  3. Jamaican Browning sauce aka burnt sugaris a favorite West Indian condiment use in most households to add, sweetness and color in stews, soups, and even cakes. It’s available in Caribbean Markets, Wal-Mart and even some supermarkets.  Don’t sweat it! You can certainly make this without burnt sugar.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

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