In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Curry Stew Chicken Wings.

I originally shared a Curry Stew(ed) Chicken recipe back in 2009 and like the Caribbean Green Seasoning recipe I updated a couple days back, it’s now buried under hundreds of newer recipes. So while it’s not my intention to repeat recipes, you’ll find some subtle differences with this one, plus I had several requests for a ‘new’ version after I teased a video clip on Instagram.

You’ll Need…

3 lbs chicken wings (trimmed)
2 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt (adjust) | 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
1 Scotch Bonnet pepper (see note below)
1 1/2 tablespoon Grapeseed oil (see note)
1 1/2 tablespoon golden brown sugar
2 scallions (chopped)
1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
2-3 cups water

Notes! I used an entire Scotch Bonnet pepper in the recipe as I enjoy spicy food. You have the option to use less or none at all. Additionally you may remove the seeds and white membrane from the pepper to cut back a bit of the heat. Yes, you can use any spicy pepper you enjoy or have access to. I opted for grapeseed oil since I was out of olive oil, however you may use any oil you like. Do note that we’ll start the dish on a high heat, so the smoke point of the oil you use may be a factor. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements. Especially the curry powder you use as some may contain fillers.

For best results, may I recommend seasoning the chicken wings (yes you may use other cuts of chicken with similar results) and marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

Cut the wings into drumettes, flats and tips. You may keep the tips for making chicken stock.. I don’t. I’m from the Caribbean where we wash our meats, but that’s up to you (water and lemon, vinegar or lime juice) as I know we’ve been warned not to wash chicken. With clean, trimmed and drained wings in a large bowl, add the salt, tomato, curry powder (this is the curry element), black pepper, grated ginger, ketchup, onion, Caribbean Green Seasoning and Scotch Bonnet Pepper. Give it a good mix and into the fridge to marinate. Should you be pressed for time, you can start the “stew” process immediately.

I’ve included 2 videos below where you may find this ‘stew’ step better explained. In a heavy pot on a med/high heat, add the oil followed by the brown sugar. The sugar will melt, go frothy, then a deep amber in color. This is when you’ll carefully start adding the seasoned chicken wings to the pot and stir well. Should the sugar go black STOP, allow the pot to COMPLETELY cool , wash, dry and start back with new oil and sugar. Should it go black and you continue the finished dish will be very bitter tasting.

Turn the heat to medium/low, cover the pot and let it cook for 5-7 minutes. Natural juices will sprout up. At this point, remove the lid, crank up the heat and burn off that liquid. Add 2 cups of water to the same bowl you marinated the wings in and swish around to pick up any remnants of the seasonings. Once you can start seeing the oil we stared off with at the bottom of the pot, add the water and bring to a boil.

Once it comes to a boil, place the lid on slightly ajar and reduce to a rolling boil.

Should the water level be low and the chicken not fully cooked, add the additional cup of water to the pot. Twenty minutes later and your curry stew chicken wings will be fully cooked. It’s now time to personalize things. Taste and adjust the salt and decide if the gravy is thick enough to your liking. In my case I cooked it for a further 4 minutes to thicken up. But do keep in mind that the residual heat from the pot will thicken it further. So too when it cools.

Top with the scallions and celery leaves (use parsley if you don’t have the celery leaves) and turn off the stove.

Curry Stew Chicken Wings done! To recap and clarify as I know there are different versions of this curry-stew technique online and while I cannot find fault in the way people do their version, I must say that what I shared above is the original way in cooking curry stew. Basically you SEASON with the curry (powder) and STEW (caramelized sugar) to finish.

This is without any doubt, my fav way of enjoying wings – yes Buffalo Wings I said it. On it’s own or as a side to your fav carb.

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