Stewed peas is my second favorite dish after soups. We call it Stewed peas but it is actually made with red kidney beans. In Jamaica, we typically prepare this dish with different meats like beef, pig’s tail, chicken feet, salted beef, or even turkey necks. Not many people prepare it with chicken, but no matter what meat is in it, I love it just the same. I have also cooked Stewed Peas with no meat in at and it is always tasty. This is a hearty meal and it is normally served with rice. Today I will share how I prepare Stewed Peas with chicken.
What you will need:
Red Kidney beans (2 cans)
2 small carrots
2-4 stalks of Scallion
2-3 cloves of garlic
Flour for small dumplings
All spice (I didn’t use this because there was none at the grocery store, but it will enhance your flavors)
Rice (measurement is dependent on how many persons you are cooking for)
Chicken breast (I used 1 but the amount will be dependent on how many persons you are cooking for)
Seasoning for chicken: black pepper, Maggie chicken and all purpose seasoning, garlic powder, Grace browning, cayenne pepper, scallion, thyme, 1 clove of garlic.
Open canned beans and put into pot with extra water to boil. Add 1-2 sprigs of scallion and thyme to the pot. Add 1-2 cloves of garlic and all spice if you have it. Allow this to cook for about 10-15 minutes. Beans are already cooked but we need them to cook some more and get infused with the flavors of the herbs and spices.
While beans are cooking, heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a skillet and cook seasoned chicken for about 8-10 minutes. Then add chicken to the pot of beans.
Combine 1/2 -1 cup of flour and a little water. Work flour into a dough and knead for a minute or two. Make small dumplings and add them to the pot of beans and chicken.
Empty packet of Grace coconut milk and add 1/3 cups of water while mixing the powder and the water. Pour this into the pot with beans and chicken.
Peel and add sliced carrots to pot. Cook until the liquid starts to thicken and your dumplings are cooked. Season pot with 1 tablespoon of butter, pepper, salt, 1 sprig of scallion and a sprig of thyme. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer a bit more. Turn off the heat and serve with white rice. You can also serve your favorite vegetables as a side dish.
Look how rich and tasty it looks. Be sure to tell me in the comments what you think about my dish. Have you ever had this dish before? Would you be willing to try it? Thanks for reading. xoxo