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Belizean Stewed Chicken

Belizean Stewed Chicken

Grace adapted from the book Flavors of Belize
Stewed chicken is life! Create this delicious taste of Belize in your kitchen! So easy to prepare and oh so good...your entire family will love it!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Belizean, Latin American
Servings 6 people


  • 4-5 lb chicken cut into serving sizes
  • 10 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Maggi chicken bouillon seasoning or other chicken bouillon seasoning of your choice
  • 1 ts thyme use fresh thyme if you can
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 tbsp Sazonador Total by Goya
  • 3 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the marinade
  • 1 ts brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red recado 1 tbsp diluted in warm water, plus 1 tbsp additional for marinade
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 small cilantro bunch diced (add at the end of cooking time)


  • Mix the garlic, chicken bouillon, thyme, sazonador total, a little olive oil, and the recado rojo in a small bowl to make the marinade. Season the chicken all over with this marinade, and leave in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or preferably overnight.
    Belizean Chicken
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan (cast iron if possible) and mix in the brown sugar, med high heat. When very hot, fry all the chicken on all sides until golden brown.
    Frying chicken in a cast iron skillet
  • Move the chicken to a stockpot or large saucepan or stockpot, and add just enough chicken broth to cover the chicken. If you don't have enough chicken broth, use additional water. You want the chicken just covered with liquid. Add the diced green pepper and diced onion, along with the diluted recado. Bring to the boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for around 45 minutes to 1 hr.
    Chicken green onions and onions and recado in a pot
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, and then stir in your bunch of cilantro. If you like add additional sazonador total to taste.


Enjoy this magnificent taste of Belize!  Serve along with beans and rice, and also potato salad for an authentic Belizean meal!
Keyword Chicken, stewed chicken