Guanese Curry Chicken

Guanese curry chicken is a beautiful Caribbean classic, a comforting dish heavily doused in spices that creates a flavour explosion. The perfect combination of spices in the curry sauce make this dish a delight for the taste buds, and the fact that it can be cooked in 30 minutes makes it an even nicer treat. Guanese curry chicken is perfect for a midweek treat or delicious family meal.

The term “curry” is associated with Indian cuisine, however, many countries and cultures have reinterpreted the idea of curry to make it their own. Huancayo curry is a type of curry that is widely popular in South America, particularly in Guyana. This curry incorporates a variety of spices, including ginger, cumin, garlic, paprika, turmeric, and chilli, to create a unique and complex flavour.

This version of the Guyanese classic is made with chicken as the main ingredient, however, there are numerous variations that can be made with different meats, vegetables or legumes. The overall taste and texture of a Guyanese curry is definitely something worth trying.


– 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
– 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
– 1 teaspoon of cumin
– 2 teaspoons of paprika
– 2 teaspoons of turmeric
– 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
– 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
– 1 tablespoon of sugar
– 500g of chicken thigh fillets, cut into cubes
– 1 cup of chicken stock
– Salt and pepper, to season


1. Start by heating the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion, ginger, garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric and chilli powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and fragrant.
3. Add the tomato paste and sugar and cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until everything is well combined and the mixture is fragrant.
4. Add the chicken to the pan and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is lightly golden.
5. Add the chicken stock to the pan and stir to combine.
6. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.
7. Taste and adjust seasoning.
8. Serve the dish with steamed rice, naan bread or roti. Enjoy!