Jim’s Baked Pelau

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Jim’s Baked Pelau

Postby bimjim » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:52 pm

Jim’s Baked Chicken Pelau
(A variation on Mary’s Trinidadian Chicken Pelau)

A family and friends regular at home or the beach, good warm or cold - a full meal if corn, green peas and diced vegetables are also added. Will keep refrigerated for up to a week, best reheated. Good served with a crisp coleslaw.


Large roasting pan (non-stick if possible)

About 3 tbsp cooking oil
1 whole fryer chicken, or 3 lb. thighs, drumsticks, breasts etc.

1 large onion, chopped
1 head of garlic, diced
1 tomato, cut up
Thyme, bundle of chives, chopped
Salt, pepper to taste (or 1 Tbsp steak spice)
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp hot sauce (pepper sauce)
1 tsp curry powder

2 tbsp thick cassareep (or gravy browning)
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups of black-eyes peas (or your preference of cooked beans)
4 cups, 900 mL box water (or chicken stock)

2 cups rice (Uncle Ben’s parboiled long grain)

1/2 cup of raisins (optional, mix in at the end of cooking)


Prepare the seasonings (first listed section) in one bowl.

In a large roasting pan on the stovetop, brown the chicken evenly in the hot oil (leaving the chicken skins on makes the rice just a little bit oily). Now add all of the seasonings (except the raisins) and fry, stirring, for 3-5 minutes for the onions to clarify.

In a bowl add the cassareep (or gravy browning), sugar and peas to the chicken stock, stir to dissolve the sugar, then add to the baking pan. Separate the chicken pieces, and ensure the peas and rice are evenly distributed in the surrounding liquid.

Bake, covered or uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, fluff the rice and the chicken, and allow to cool.

Optional: Separate the meat from the bones and cartilage, shred, and stir the meat back into the pan with the rice.

Freeze single serving leftovers in freezer sandwich-size Ziploks (flattening and then rounding the corners helps fit the plate later on). To serve, squeeze the frozen block out onto a plate and microwave until heated all the way through.
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Re: Jim’s Baked Pelau

Postby ljc7 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:30 pm

Recipes sound delicious Jim!!! More please!!!
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Re: Jim’s Baked Pelau

Postby Sivam » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:00 am

Great idea to have the recipes, love it. Thankyou.
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