Chicken Pelau – Caribbean Comfort Food

This is one of my husband’s favourite comfort foods… so we make it quite often.

It may not look good but is delicious, especially reheated the next day.

Caribbean comfort food chicken pelau recipe from island of Dominica


  • 1 – 1.2 kg chicken wings – 15-20 wings (cut in 3 pieces)
  • 2 carrots – 200 g (sliced)
  • 2 – 3 onions – 400 g (chopped)
  • whole large garlic (peeled and crushed with side of knife blade)
  • 2 tbs grape seed oil or other oil
  • ½ tbs browning
  • 4 tbs ketchup
  • 2 – 3 tbs dried /5 tbs frozen thyme or even better half a bunch of fresh Jamaican thyme
  • 3 tbs concentrated tomato puree
  • 3 chicken cubes (10 g each)
  • 1 vegetable cube (10 g) or two small Maggi cubes (4 g each)
  • 2 packets of orange (coriander and annatto) Sazón  or packet of Caribbean noodle soup mix – optional
  • 3 cups easy cook rice (I used long grain)
  • 7 cup (1750 ml) boiling water
  • West Indian hot sauce to taste (made from Scotch bonnet peppers)


  • Fry chicken with oil, browning, onion, garlic, carrots for a longer while on the bottom of large pot.
  • Let them burn a little then reduce fire, add half of the water and cook covered till chicken is soft.
  • Add the rest of ingredients except hot sauce and cook covered stirring from time to time.
  • When rice and wings are ready, remove from fire, stir in hot sauce to taste.
  • If fresh thyme was used, remove stems before sharing to the plates.

Serves 4 – 6 people.


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Your thoughts…

  1. I love dishes like thgis. They are delicious

  2. This just sounds so flavourful. I would love to eat like this every day:D

  3. A great sounding flavoursome dish Margot – I like the added ingredient of tomato sauce which I like to add to my cottage pie too when I make one :D

    Rosie x

  4. This sounds like comfort food! Since I don’t like chicken wings, I would use drumsticks (my fav.) ;-)

  5. Margot, I found an instant pulau seasoning from Knorr and I just added into my rice and water and cooked in a rice cooker. It turned really good. Now I have been trying to look up that kind of Knorr instant pulau seasoning again, but can’t find it anymore.

    Your recipe looks good

  6. Instant Pelau seasoning sounds very good to me! :)
    There is plenty of Knorr products, but I have never seen this one… :(

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