Bahamas Recipes

Junkanoo Chicken with Rice

Junkanoo Chicken with Rice

From start to finish this meal takes 45 minutes.

Junkanoo Chicken with Rice 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tblsp vegetable oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1 red or yellow sweet pepper, cut into strips
2 zucchinis, sliced
2 tblsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into cubes
2 pkgs. Mahatma yellow rice

Prepare rice according to package directions, except, substituting tomato juice for water, with chopped celery and diced red pepper.

Heat oil in large skillet and sauté onions, peppers, zucchinis and mushrooms. Whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, starch and ginger in a separate bowl. Add liquid mixture to vegetables and cook over a low heat until it boils and thickens, stirring frequently.

Add chicken and stir gently until hot. Serve over hot bed of rice.

Serves 6.

Junkanoo CelebrationJunkanoo epitomizes the spirit and feelings of the Bahamian people and their expressions.

Its music touches the very core of the young Bahamian's mentality from a very young age. Junkanoo remains central in the thought patterns of the people, like a bud waiting to bloom.

It is no wonder youth was offered an opportunity to express what has become so natural to them back in 1981 at the first Jr. Junkanoo parade, it was readily accepted. 

The parade is a competitive display of indigenous Junkanoo music, dance and festival costumes by Primary and Secondary school students. The event has become a major draw for adults and young people alike.