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Barbados (4)

Bajan Chicken (Barbados)

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Yield: 4 to 6 servings


1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into 10 pieces
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 medium onion, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper
4 fresh thyme sprigs
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 5 limes
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons for frying
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
Kosher salt
Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Rinse and dry the chicken pieces and put them into a shallow glass dish.

Put the allspice, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick into a spice grinder and grind to a powder. To a full sized blender add the onion, peppers, scallions, garlic, scotch bonnet, thyme, lime juice, olive oil, butter, and ground spices. Blend to a puree; add some water if it is too thick. Pour this over the chicken, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 1/2 hour before you cook it.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large, oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and season it with salt. Brown the chicken on both sides, then place the pan in the oven and roast until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro leaves.

Link to My Post on Barbados:

Cuisine:  Barbadian, Bajan

Main Ingredient:  Chicken

Macaroni Pie (Barbados)


1 lb. cooked long elbow-type macaroni
1/2 stick butter
8 Tbsp. flour
2 small onions finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1 tsp. Bajan seasoning (by Delish – original recipe)
3 eggs lightly beaten (I sometimes leave these out)
2 cups milk
As much as you like of Barbados Hot Sauce (or substitution)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


In saucepan melt the butter, add flour and mix, then add onion, ketchup, Delish Bajan seasoning and milk stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste, Hot Sauce, cheese and beaten eggs.

In a large bowl, mix sauce with macaroni. then placed in a greased 9 x 12 casserole dish. Top with some additional cheddar cheese and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Link to My Post on Barbados:

Cuisine:  Barbadian, Bajan

Main Ingredient:  Pasta

Bananas With Orange (Barbados)


3 bananas
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. grated orange zest (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.   Peel bananas; cut in half lengthwise. Dip in orange juice, then roll in brown sugar until evenly coated on all sides.  Place bananas in pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with orange zest.

Link to My Post on Barbados:

Cuisine:  Barbadian, Bajan

Main Ingredient:  Bananas


Bajan Seasoning (Barbados)

“Bajan seasoning is found in almost every home and is the secret to the success for many mouth-watering Bajan dishes. One of the favourite uses is to place it between the meat and skin of chicken pieces before grilling, baking, or frying.”


1 pound onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
5 ounces green onion, coarsely chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled
4 bonney peppers, seeds and stems removed, or substitute habaneros
2 ounces fresh thyme
2 ounces fresh parsley
2 ounces fresh marjoram
1 1/2 cups vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauces
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons salt


In a food processor, combine the onions, green onion, garlic, and bonney peppers and process to a coarse paste.
Remove the leaves from the stems of the thyme, parsley, and marjoram. Place the leaves and the vinegar in a food processor or blender and liquefy.

Combine the onion paste, vinegar mixture, and the remaining ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover, transfer to the refrigerator, and allow to sit for 1 week before using. The seasoning will keep in the refrigerator for at least 6 months.

Heat Scale: Hot

Note: This recipe requires advance preparation if you cannot buy a ready made alternative like Delish Bajan Seasoning.

Link to My Post on Barbados:

Cuisine: Barbadian, Bajan

Main Ingredient: Spice Blend

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One thought on “Barbados (4)

  1. Enormous flavor in the jerk seasoning. Moist and tender chicken with the jerk seasoning creates a party I’m glad I was invited to! The mashed potatoes in the orange skin was not only uniquely flavorful, but creamy beyond expectation. A memorable meal!

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