Trinidad Pelau Chicken and Pigeon Peas

Trinidad Pelau Chicken and Pigeon Peas

Trini pelau chicken and pigeon peas is a one-pot rice dish. This recipe is traditionally made on weekends and for get-togethers in Trinidad.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, place the chicken, green seasoning, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and ketchup, along with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Step 3

    Toss to mix and coat the chicken with the seasonings. Set aside and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Step 4

    Pour the oil into a large pot and place over medium-high heat. Let it heat until hot but not smoking.
  5. Step 5

    Make the burnt sugar by sprinkling the cane sugar into the hot oil in an even layer.
  6. Step 6

    Let the sugar melt until it starts to froth and bubble.
  7. Step 7

    As soon as the edges of the froth/bubbles start to turn a slight shade darker, immediately add the seasoned chicken. Stir to mix and coat with the burnt sugar.
  8. Step 8

    Let cook for 7 to 10 minutes.
  9. Step 9

    Add the rice to the pot, stir to mix, and cook for 3 minutes.
  10. Step 10

    Add the onion, red bell pepper, pigeon peas, and carrots (if using) and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Step 11

    Pour in the coconut milk and the chicken stock or water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Step 12

    Toss in the whole Scotch bonnet pepper . Bring the mixture to a boil and cover the pot.
  13. Step 13

    Once it reaches a boil, partially remove the lid and continue to boil for an additional 7 to 8 minutes.
  14. Step 14

    Cover the pot fully, reduce the heat to low, and let cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  15. Step 15

    Sprinkle the green onions on top and fold into the pelau. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if necessary.
  16. Step 16

    Serve hot or at room temperature and enjoy.