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Nicole's Chicken Pelau

Pam’s Chicken Pelau


  • 3 Lbs chicken thighs, bone in cut in half
  • ¼ Cup green seasoning
  • A pinch of Salt
  • A touch of Black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (enough to coat the bottom of your skillet)
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Cups rice, washed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ Cup minced season pepper (bell pepper will do)
  • 2 Sprigs of thyme
  • 1 ½ Cups kidney beans, cooked
  • 2 Cups coconut milk
  • 2 Cups chicken broth or water


Generously season the chicken with green seasoning, salt and pepper.  Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes.

In a large heavy pot, heat the vegetable oil, add the sugar and allow it to bubble and froth, but not burn.  We want the sugar to caramelize.  This should take about 2-3 minutes.  In batches, brown the chicken in the caramelized sugar, making sure the chicken is well coated by the browned sugar.  Reserve the marinade for later.

After all the chicken pieces have been browned, return all the pieces to the pot, cover and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat.  Add the reserved marinade, onions and season peppers and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the rice, stir the rice into the chicken mixture, making sure everything is coated, and nothing is stuck.  Next, add the beans, thyme and coconut milk.  Again, stir the pot making sure everything is coated and nothing gets stuck.

Finally, add the water or chicken stock (your choice).  Bring everything to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquid has evaporated.  This should take about 25 minutes.

When everything is done, sit down and enjoy (or package it up and take it the beach!).

Makes about 4-6 servings.

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If this recipe really makes your mouth water, why don’t you come for cooking classes in Antigua. Come for one class or a series of classes and you can even stay in our BnB.

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Caribbean Cocktail Beef Patties

Caribbean Cocktail Meat Patties

Beef Filling Ingredients…

  • 1 Lb ground beef
  • 1 Small onion, finely diced
  • 5 Season Peppers, finely diced
  • ¼ Cup spring onion, finely diced
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, finely diced (Only if you want spicy)
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Sprig thyme (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper

In a medium saute pan cook the ground beef, onions, peppers and spring onions. Season the mixture with salt, black pepper, garlic and thyme. Cook the pastry filling until the meat has been cooked through and is no longer pink. The mixture should not be too wet as it is going to be a pastry filling.

Let the mixture cool before making the patties.

To Make the Patties:

  • 2 Recipes of shortcrust pastry (Get it here!)
  • 1 Egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 450.

Roll out the pastry to about ⅛th of a inch and cut into 2 inch rounds. Place a tablespoon of filling into the center of each round. Wet the edges of the rounds with a little bit of water, fold the pastry over and seal each round with a fork.

Place the patties on a baking sheet, brush each patty with the egg wash, and prick each patty on the top to create a vent for the steam to escape while baking.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, remove when the crust is golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy!

Tell Us What You Think!

Please let us know how you like my Caribbean Cocktail Meat Patties recipe via our Contact Us page, our Facebook Page, or Instagram.  Oh, and feel free to pair it up with other recipes that I’ve posted such as my West Indian Pineapple Tarts, Festival (a Jamaican street food), Plantains Wrapped in Bacon, and Good Ole Coconut Shrimp, and, of course, some of my Old Fashioned Rum Punch.  This will give you a great range of tastes for a Happy Hour with Caribbean appetizers.

If this recipe really makes your mouth water, why don’t you come for cooking classes in Antigua. Come for one class or a series of classes and you can even stay in our BnB.