Monday, November 22, 2010

Backed by Popular Demand

Ok, so maybe it wasn't that popular.  A handful of people asked me to share the recipe of some of the meals I cook so this is an attempt to do so.  I love sharing but I don't measure ingredients when I cook and I add things as I go so this makes it difficult.  Regardless, I will try so bare with me.

I will first post the Callaloo chicken recipe.  Callaloo is slightly similar to collard greens (meaning they are both greens).  Besides that they are completely different (I think).  They taste different and I think they are cooked differently (I don't know how to cook collard greens).  Callaloo is usually eaten with salt fish aka cod fish aka bacalao.  My husband introduced me to adding chicken to it a few years ago and now this is the only way we eat it in our household.  Here is a link to a website so you can see how callaloo is normally cooked (there's also a video).  Here's what I do (note that the amounts are estimates):

Ingredients for callaloo:
-1 bag of chopped callaloo (from my grandma's garden). Canned callaloo is also available online
-1/2 tomato (diced)
-1/2 onion (chopped)
-1 tsp chopped garlic
-1 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp thyme
-1/2 cup water
(I also added an unknown amount of a pepper mixture.  It's something my grandparents make from the peppers and herbs they grow in their backyard.  My husband and I both like spicy foods so we add this to give a kick to most of our meals).

Ingredients for chicken: 
Let marinate for a few minutes:
-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast (cubed)
-1/2 tomato (diced)
-1/2 onion (chopped)
-1 tbsp garlic
-1 tsp black pepper
-a little salt

1) For callaloo: Saute` onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme in a pot.  Then add chopped callaloo, salt and pepper. Add water.  Cover pot and let cook for about 20-30 minutes (until soft)--stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pot.
2) For chicken (while callaloo cooking): Add all ingredients in another pot, including chicken. When chicken is cooked, pour over callaloo and stir together.

This is commonly served over white rice but you can also eat with it fried dumplings or "food" (a combination of boiled dumplings, green bananas, yellow yam, etc.

                                                                   Picture Credit
Fried Dumplings
Pre-cooked fresh cut callaloo

OK, so this is the best I can do with reproducing the recipe.  Hope it's helpful for anyone willing to give it a try.

Mrs. K


  1. oooh, does it mean that another recipe is coming soon! YES! YES! YES!!!! Hahaha.

  2. Yum!! I want you to go one step further and just cook it for me!

  3. Faith: Yes, I plan to post that recipe you asked about. It took me a while to think about all I used for this one. LOL
    Rhonda: LOL. You are so hilarious. I'm can't stop laughing.

  4. I've never heard of Callaloo, but I am a huge fan of greens like collard, mustard, and spinach. And the recipe sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!


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