Caribbean chicken casserole recipe

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A trio of spices gives this Caribbean chicken casserole its beautifully tropical-inspired flavour. Earthy cinnamon, fiery ginger and hot cayenne pepper are the perfect complement to the chicken and sweet potatoes.

Caribbean chicken casserole
(Image credit: Getty / Bartosz Luczak)
  • Nut-free
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 30 mins
Total Time1 hours 40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories780 Kcal39%
Fat56 g80%

A delicious, warming Caribbean chicken casserole spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper.

This is a brilliant family dish. Like a lot of Caribbean food, it has a little spice from the cayenne pepper, but not too much. If your family are sensitive to spice, go easy on the cayenne and serve topped with a dollop of plain yoghurt to counteract the heat. We used chicken thigh fillets in this recipe. They are one of the cheaper cuts to buy but they work really well because they're flavoursome and tender. Use bone-in chicken thighs if you prefer.


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300ml hot chicken stock
  • 750g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 400ml can coconut milk




  1. To make this casserole recipe, heat the oil in a deep pan. Brown the chicken all over in batches and set aside. Drain all but 1 tbsp of the fat.
  2. Gently fry the onion until softened. Stir in garlic, ginger and spices and cook for 1 min. Sprinkle over the flour and cook for another min.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the stock. Add sweet potato and chicken. Return the pan to the heat and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 1 hr. 
  4. Just before serving, stir in the coconut milk and check the seasoning.

Top tip for making this Caribbean chicken casserole

For an extra fruity sweetness, you can stir through a handful of pitted prunes or dried cherries before serving. Sprinkle a little chopped coriander on the top for garnish.

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Octavia Lillywhite
Food and Lifestyle Writer

Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.