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Guyanese Curry Chicken – This easy Guyanese style chicken curry consists of tender chicken in a rich, savory and finger-licking sauce made with toasted spices served over rice for a perfect meal

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Guyanese Curry Chicken – Cooking Style

Marinate the Chicken – Marinate the chicken in lime juice, a blend of green seasoning, and spices. Green seasoning includes cilantro, garlic, thyme, and other aromatics.

Toast the Spices – Dry toast the spices in a pan before adding them to the pot. This increases their aroma and flavor.

Curry – Sauté the aromatics, then add the toasted spices and cook until fragrant. This forms the rich curry.

Simmer and Season – Bring the chicken, coconut milk, and water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is tender. Season with salt, soy sauce, and brown sugar to taste.

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Guyanese Curry Chicken – Tips

  • Don’t overcook the chicken – it should be tender but not dry.
  • Add potatoes, chickpeas, or other vegetables for a heartier meal.
  • Balance the heat with cooling sides like cucumber raita or roti.
  • Leftovers taste even better the next day!

Recipe Variations

  • Coconut Curry – For a milder version, substitute coconut milk for some of the water.
  • Vegetarian Curry – Swap chicken for chickpeas or tofu and adjust the spices accordingly.
  • Goat Curry – Craving a richer flavor? Use goat meat instead of chicken.
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How to Serve This Best Guyanese Style Curry Chicken?

  • Traditionally, it is served with fluffy white rice, flatbreads like roti or paratha, and a side of pickled vegetables.
  • Try it with quinoa, brown rice, or even mashed potatoes.
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Guyanese Curry Chicken – FAQs

Can I use pre-made curry paste?

Yes, but for an authentic touch, make your own or use a high-quality store-bought brand.

What can I substitute for scotch bonnet peppers?

Use habaneros or Fresno peppers, adjusting the amount for heat.

What if I don’t have coconut milk?

Use heavy cream or a mixture of milk and sour cream for a richer flavor.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Yes, ensure your curry powder and other ingredients are gluten-free.

Yield: 6

Guyanese Curry Chicken

guyanese curry chicken

This easy Guyanese style chicken curry consists of tender chicken in a rich, savory and finger-licking sauce made with toasted spices served over rice for a perfect meal

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 5 pounds, whole chicken, curry-sized cut
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1-2 wiri wiri pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons yellow curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons roasted ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 lb russet potatoes, peeled and diced


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, garlic, onion powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add onion, wiri wiri peppers, garlic, scallions, coriander, and parsley. Add 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the blended herbs, ground turmeric, garam masala, curry powder, ground coriander, roasted cumin, paprika, and ground mustard. Add a little more water and mix to form a paste.
  4. Heat a large pot over high heat. Add the oil, add the curry paste, and stir cook for about 5 minutes or until the raw flavors go out.
  5. Add the seasoned chicken and give it a good mix until well combined with the curry paste.
  6. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, add 1/2 cup of warm water, and simmer cook for about 10 minutes covered.
  7. Add the diced potatoes, mix well, and cook for another 3-5 minutes. When the liquid thickens a bit, increase the heat, add 1 cup of water, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are tender.
  8. Serve immediately over warm basmati rice or roti.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 683Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 207mgSodium 417mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 67g

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