Brown Stew Chicken with Roti

In the Caribbean we love brown stew chicken almost as much as jerk chicken! The brown stew comes from burning the brown sugar with a little oil before you add your delicious stew mix. Served with a hand made roti what could be better

Prep Time 20 mins – Cook Time 20 -25 mins

For the Brown Stew:

  • 6 organic free range boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 New potatoes
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 small yellow pepper
  • 2 shallots
  • 20g Demerara sugar
  • 50ml water
  • 20ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon stock powder
  • Chef Bernie’s Very Hot Sauce to taste


  1. Cut the chicken into bite size chunks and place in a bowl
  2. Wash and dice the potatoes, peppers and shallots and add to the chicken with the stock powder and water, mix together with a spoon and put to one side
  3. Put the sugar and oil into a heated heavy bottomed saucepan and melt the sugar until it starts to caramelise and looks dark brown, taking care remove from the heat cool slightly and add the chicken mix
  4. Put back on the heat and stir bringing to the boil, simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally
  5. Serve with Roti, or rice ‘n peas adding the hot sauce to taste


For the Roti

  • 2 cups of organic strong white flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 65g organic lightly salted butter
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of organic coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl with the salt, pepper and baking powder and mix together
  2. Add in the fats and rub in a little, then making a well in the middle of the mix add in the warm water and kneed the mixture until you have a smooth dough, add more water if too dry.
  3. Divide the mixture into 6 and roll out using a rolling pin into rounds, place to one side
  4. Heat a non stick tava/tawa or fry pan and individually cook the roti  for 3-4 minutes turning several times until cooked through, stack on a flat plate and cover with a tea towel so they do not dry out

You can either put the chicken mix inside the roti and fold up or fold the roti and place on the plate for mopping up the gravy of your chicken stew!

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