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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Meal: Caribbean Chicken Colombo

A Caribbean recipe with subtle, curry-type flavors

Posted By on October 17, 2016, 8:17 AM

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The first time I ever ate chicken Colombo was in St. Martin. I absolutely loved it. If you've never tried it, chicken Colombo is a popular stewed chicken dish in the Caribbean with subtle, curry-type flavors. 

You can purchase Colombo spice mixes, but it's also easy (if a bit time-consuming) to make a batch of your own. The recipe for the Colombo spice mix here will make enough for 8 or 10 batches of chicken Colombo. 

Ingredients: 

(For the Colombo spice mix) 

1/4 cup coriander seeds

1/4 cup cumin seeds 

1/4 cup uncooked white rice

1 Tbs black peppercorns

1 Tbs fenugreek seeds

1 Tbs. black mustard seeds

1 tsp whole cloves or 1/2 tsp ground

2 Tbs turmeric

1 Tbs yellow Indian curry powder

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To make the Colombo spice mix, begin by toasting the rice in a dry skillet over medium heat until slightly golden. Stir occasionally to keep the rice from burning. Transfer the rice to a bowl to cool. 

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Place all the other spice ingredients - except the turmeric and curry powder - into the skillet and cook until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the rice to cool. 

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Using a coffee or spice grinder, grind the rice and toasted spices into a fine powder. Stir in the turmeric and curry. This is your Colombo powder. Store in an airtight jar at room temperature. 

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Ingredients: 

(For making the chicken Colombo) 

1/2 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp anise seeds

1 chicken, cut into eight pieces, or eight chicken parts such as thighs and drumsticks, skin removed

3 Tbs olive oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 shallot, minced

2 Tbs Colombo powder (see recipe above) 

1 can (14-oz) chicken broth

2-3 white or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces

1 carrot, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces

2 habanero pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely minced

2 scallions, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

2 Tbs minced thyme leaves

2 Tbs minced Italian parsley

Salt and pepper, to taste

Minced chives (optional) 

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Method: 

Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the coriander, mustard, cumin and anise seeds into a powder. 

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Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the spice powder (not the Colombo) and set aside. 

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Heat the olive oil In a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion, garlic and shallot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 

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Place the chicken pieces into the pot and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned. 

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Add the Colombo powder, lime juice and habaneros. Stir until the chicken is evenly covered in Colombo. 

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Stir the chicken broth to the pan. 

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Cover and cook at a simmer over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes. 

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Add the potatoes, carrot and scallions to the pan and continue to cook at a simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, but not mushy. 

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Sprinkle the Colombo with the parsley and serve with white rice. Garnish with minced chives (optional). 

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