Bar-B-Que Fried Chicken (Jamaican Style)
Bar-B-Fried Chicken, as most of us call this dish in Jamaica, is a popular meal here and probably in other countries as well. It is basically a good fried chicken recipe made as usual and then dipped in an equally good and flavorful BBQ sauce (that is sweet and tangy) when ready to serve. Of course as well with most food Jamaicans also like their spice, so a little jerk seasoning or pepper of choice can be added too.
This is a very versatile meal and can be served with just about anything you choose, from a salad, white rice, rice & peas, fries, sweet potato wedges, Cole slaw and the list goes on. We usually prepare this as a Friday or Saturday night meal as it’s not your everyday dinner kind of meal. It also kid friendly.
So, you can either use this as your basic fried chicken or make the Bar-B-Que sauce for dipping. What makes this ” Jamaican style “, is probably mostly about the spiciness that Jamaican food is well known for, however it can also be made without the spice if that is your preference. When you dip right before eating, you can still taste the crispiness of the fried chicken with that amazingly good sweet & tangy bar-b-que sauce.
Ingredients for Bar-B-Que Fried Chicken
- Wings – or chicken parts
- Seasoned Salt
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Bar-b-que Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- **Jerk Seasoning – or hot pepper optional
How to Prepare Bar-B-Que Fried Chicken
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- To prepare my fried chicken, I lightly season the chicken with salt, garlic powder & black pepper. Let it sit in a covered seasoning bowl , which my favorite is Tupperware, in the fridge for about an hour.
- In a large plate, combine flour, cornstarch, a little seasoning salt for dipping chicken using tongs. When ready to fry using a non-stick skillet or as I sometimes like to use a smaller, deeper pot.
- For wings, I usually fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side or golden brown. For bigger pieces of chicken, you will increase the cooking time and make sure the inside is cooked. Make sure to only fry a couple pieces at a time and not overcrowd the pot.
- Line a platter with paper towel to lay pieces of chicken on as they are cooked.
- Combine sauce ingredients in a small pot on low heat and simmer for a few minutes. Turn off and cover until ready to use.
- My homemade barbecue sauce is made in a separate pot using barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey, brown & white sugar, and either jerk seasoning, some minced scotch bonnet, or any hot pepper sauce if making spicy version. However, to use this bar-b-que sauce as a dip, I also add water to make it thinner.
- Best served immediately by dipping into bar-b-que sauce and dripping off excess and serving with your side of choice.
- If not serving immediately, reheat chicken pieces in an air fryer or oven and then dip and serve.
This is a very delicious dish. I hope you try and enjoy it.
Bar-B- Fried Chicken (Jamaican Style)
- 8-10 pieces Chicken cut up for frying
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 cup Oil
- 3/4 cup Cornstarch
- 3/4 Cup Flour
- 1 tsp. Seasoning Salt
- 1 cup Bar-B-Que Sauce
- 1/2 cup Ketchup
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 1-1/2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp. White Sugar
- ** optional Hot Pepper, Pepper Sauce or Jerk Seasoning of choice
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup Water to desired thinness
Wash and cut chicken in pieces for frying. Season with salt, black pepper and garlic powder. Cover in medium seasoning bowl in fridge for about 1 hour.
Combine flour mixture together on a large plate.
Prepare bar-b-que sauce ingredients together in a small pot on low heat. Bring to a low simmer and turn off until ready to use.
Heat a deep pot (not too wide) on medium heat for a few minutes. Add oil until hot. Dip chicken pieces in flour mixture and coat completely. Place a few pieces of chicken to fry at a time (not too close together). Fry approximately 8 minutes on each side or until golden brown and when poked, juices run clear.
As chicken is fried, line a large plate with paper towels to place finished pieces. Dip in bar-b-que sauce right before serving.
* To re-heat chicken, place in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.