East Meets West: Fusion Caribbean-Indian Crockpot Chicken Curry

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I feel so fortunate to live in a country that shares and celebrates cultural diversity.  Growing up in Canada gave me an appreciation for multiculturalism and the opportunity to expand my palette. You can literally step outside your door and get transported to any culinary experience you want, feeling like greek today? Head over to the Danforth. How bout some Indian? Stroll on down to little India. Craving authentic Chinese food? Chinatown isn’t too far away. All these experiences have influenced the experiments in my own kitchen. I tend to buy different types of vegetables, herbs and spices and mix them all together and hope for the best. This is one such recipe that’s turned into a family favourite at our house. This recipe draws on spices,flavors and elements from the Caribbean and India to create a unique and delicious, succulent, fall-off-the-bone curry because it uses a crockpot to get that tender juicy chicken. 


  • 7-10 pieces chicken legs/thighs 
  • 2 tbsp Jamaican curry poweder
  • 1 tbsp Jamaican meat seasoning
  • 2 tsp Jamaican Jerk seasoning
  • 2-3 tsp Indian red chili powder/curry powder (depending how hot you want it) 
  • 2-3 tbsp oil of choice
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1-11/2 cup yogurt 
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh Jamaican thyme 
  • 1-2 potatoes
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 1-3 green chilies (or opt for scotch bonnet if you want some real heat)
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 tomato
  • salt/pepper to taste 
  • small bunch cilantro

Let’s Get Cooking

1. Cook your potatoes (boil/steam/microwave) however you normally do. 

2. In your slow-cooker, add all chicken, spice powders and yogurt and mix well until thoroughly combined. 

3. Turn on your slow cooker- 3-3.5 hours if cooking on high heat, 5-6 hours if cooking on low heat. 

4. Start the next step about half an hour before your chicken should be done.

6. Preheat oven to broil. 

7. Chop all vegetables. 

8. Heat oil in a pot and add curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and wait til you hear sputtering sound.

9. Add chopped onions and green chilies and cook until slightly transparent. 

10. Add ginger and garlic and cook about 30 sec-1 minute until raw smell disappears. 

11. Add tomatoes and let cook until tomatoes break down and get soft and mushy.

12. While tomatoes are cooking, turn off your slow cooker.

13. Add a bit of oil to a baking pan, transfer chicken to pan and place in oven to broil for 7-10 minutes until skin is crispy. Check on it so it doesn’t burn.

14. Take all the gravy that is left in your slow cooker and transfer it to your pot and stir. Add salt and pepper as needed.

15. Add cooked potatoes to pot and stir.

16. Remove chicken from the oven and add to your pot and let cook for 7-10 minutes until gravy thickens. 

17. Add chopped cilantro.

18. Serve with rice,roti or whatever choice of side and enjoy! 

35 comments on “East Meets West: Fusion Caribbean-Indian Crockpot Chicken Curry

    Erin @ The DIY Nuts

    • March 7, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    This looks great! I would not have come up with a recipe like this on my own. Thanks for sharing.


    • March 7, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I love curry and Caribbean food, so this looks AMAZING! I truly cannot wait to try it! Do you think this recipe could be adapted for an instant pot?


      • March 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      I don’t see why not! 🙂


    • March 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    amazing fusion of East and West. I am a foodie at heart and fan of Indian food.


    • March 7, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Yummy! As a fan of both Caribbean and Indian food, I will definitely have to try this! Thank you! 🙂


    • March 7, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    This looks so good! I love Indian food.. and I love that the name of your spices is cool runnings.. 🙂

    Zaneta The Work At Home Mama

    • March 7, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I love multicultural foods!! My mom is from Trinidad so I can totally relate. Thanks for Sharing this recipe!


    • March 8, 2019 at 2:23 am

    These flavors sound amazing!

    Tracy Albiero

    • March 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    When you suggest a crock pot recipe you are now part of my tribe! I will have to give this a try!


    • March 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe-I swear I can smell it! 🙂 I’m always looking for simple but tasty dishes-especially ethnic food! Can’t wait to try it.

    Laura Lately

    • March 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    You had me at Crockpot! Am soooooo going to try this. It looks delish and easy enough for me to do.

    Hoang Vi Fessenden

    • March 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Oh wow this looks very interesting! I will have to try it out!


    • March 9, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    This looks AMAZING! I love curry and would love to try new variations! I will try this recipe!


    • March 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    My husband would just LOVE this. Adding it to the menu


    • March 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I am going to try it this Sunday for sure.

    Thanks for the wonderful idea.


    • March 9, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I’m a vegetarian! I will pass this recipe to my non-veg friends.

    Ivan Jose

    • March 10, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I’m not really a chicken fan but I’m sure this smells good.

    Neil Alvin Nicerio

    • March 10, 2019 at 6:50 am

    That really looks delicious. I hope we have that here in the Philippines.

    Matija Antonić

    • March 10, 2019 at 8:41 am

    ohhh I enjoy curry, I am sad that it isn’t more reachable in my country, so I usually just need to find recipes and make it at home, and this recipe will be used extensively 😀

    CARMEN | Wellington World Travels

    • March 10, 2019 at 9:39 am

    My husband is Jamaican, and I have tried Caribbean chicken curry. Now make it Caribbean-Indian crockpot chicken curry, I am sure it will taste divine!

    Elizabeth O

    • March 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe but I am vegetarian so I am unable to taste it.


      • March 10, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      I’m actually vegetarian as well! I adapt the recipe with my favourtie veggies and make a vegetarian version for myself (my favourite is chickpea and potato curry this style).


    • March 10, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Not much of a curry fan but you made it look so yummy! Our visit to Canada gave me a glimpse of amazing dishes and can’t wait to go back!

    blair villanueva

    • March 11, 2019 at 4:06 am

    I’ve been eating curry for the whole weekend I am in Bangkok, and it was so good. I think trying your recipe wouldn’t hurt either. Save!

    Yonnah M

    • March 11, 2019 at 4:08 am

    This looks great. I used to love curry.


    • March 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    very nice dining experience of yours, absolutely love the photos that you have captured & shared here. cheers, fusion siennylovesdrawing

    Kale @ steakandkale.com

    • March 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t eat meat, but I bet I could switch out the chicken with tofu! 🙂 My husband loves curry!

    Shannon Dewease

    • March 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to dive in and try it. And the fact that it is for the crockpot?! Genious!


    • March 11, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Bookmarking this again for my future cooking sesh. I love doing new recipes!


    • March 11, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Oh I’m definitely going to try this! Sounds amazing! Thank you!

    Rebecca McKown

    • March 12, 2019 at 1:44 am

    I just got my boyfriend to try Indian food for the first time and he loved it!. So much that he wants me to start cooking it! Ahh!! Well I will be starting with these recipes! Thank you!


    • March 12, 2019 at 2:14 am

    This looks so delicious! My toddler loves this kind of food, so I think l shall make it soon!


    • March 12, 2019 at 3:11 am

    This recipe sounds amazing! I’m always looking for ways to spice up chicken and I love Caribbean food.

    Jasmeet Singh

    • March 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I m hungry already. this looks so yum

    Chantelle Hadden

    • March 13, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    This looks so tasty, will definitely try this later.

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