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Slow Cooker Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

Slow Cooker Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken - An incredibly rich-in-flavor all time Jamaican classic- Jamaican Brown Chicken Sauce right in your slow cooker.
Course Main
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 5 slices
Calories 349kcal
Author Imma


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


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Add onions, garlic, hot sauce, smoked paprika, bell peppers and salt to taste. Stir for about 2-3 minutes until onions is translucent.
  • 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.
  • Cover and cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Remove and serve with rice and beans


  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 sugar is 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.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2108IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg