Generally served with rice and beans or coconut rice and cole slaw, this staple food of Belize is simple enough to make at home.
What you will need:
- 1 package – chicken parts (breast, thigh, wings whatever you prefer)
- Fresh vegetables – sweet potato, onion, garlic, tomato, pepper and anything else you have handy.
- 1 tsp ground, black pepper
- 2 tbs Ricado spice
- 2 cups water
- Coconut oil
- Brown Sugar
- Dash of salt (you can always add more later)
- Side dish of choice, if desired
- In a large pot combine cleaned chicken parts, vegetables, black pepper, salt, red ricado and water.
Smells good already
- In a medium sized skillet, add just enough coconut oil to cover the bottom.
- On high, heat the oil until it begins to smoke
- Add the brown sugar, lightly and evenly covering the oil. Over the next 3-4 minutes the sugar will caramelize and become foamy.
- Using tongs, remove the chicken pieces from the pot -allowing them to drip-dry – and add them to the skillet. Turn the chicken frequently to evenly coat them with the sugar mixture until the skillet is almost dry – about 15 minutes. (The chicken may start to look burnt, trust me – it isn’t!)
- Add the chicken back into the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to low/medium heat and allow to simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
- Remove lid and allow to simmer for an additional 15 minutes, or until the gravy is at your desired level 0f consistency.
Now it’s time to enjoy your authentic, homemade, Belizean meal!