A Taste of Costa Rica: Mouthwatering Caribbean Chicken Recipe

Are you ready to embark on a culinary journey to the exotic province of Limon in Costa Rica? Delve into the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean with this delectable Caribbean Chicken recipe. Situated on the southeastern side of the country, Limon boasts a unique cuisine influenced by a fusion of cultural flavors. So, fire up your barbecue grills and get ready to savor the tantalizing taste of this Costa Rican specialty!

Costa Rican Caribbean Chicken

Embracing Caribbean Flavors

The coastal region of Limon welcomes culinary influences from various cultures, resulting in a vibrant culinary tapestry. This fusion of flavors is highlighted in this Caribbean chicken recipe, which combines the aromatic yellow curry powder, the traditional Salsa Lizano sauce, and the rich creaminess of coconut milk. These ingredients create a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds.

The Perfect Pairing

This mouthwatering Caribbean chicken can be enjoyed as part of a traditional Costa Rican casado or alongside the classic “rice and beans” recipe, known as spicy sweet gallo pinto. The choice is yours, but the explosion of flavors is guaranteed in every bite.

Perfect Caribbean Chicken Recipe From Costa Rica

The Recipe

Serves 8


For the Chicken

  • 6 large chicken thighs
  • 1 lime or 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • Pinch of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Salsa Lizano
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

For the Sauce

  • 1 stick celery
  • 1/2 yellow onion, julienned
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme (or 1 tablespoon ground)
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Salsa Lizano to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 habanero pepper, seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
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Note: You can omit the sazón completo. If you prefer, marinate the chicken overnight for a more intense flavor. While it’s common in Costa Rica to make coconut milk from scratch, you can use canned coconut milk as a convenient alternative.



  1. Remove excess fat and skin from the chicken thighs and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the chicken and mix well.
  3. Finely dice or press the garlic and add it to the bowl along with the mustard, black pepper, yellow curry powder, cumin, and salt. Mix thoroughly, ensuring the chicken thighs are evenly coated with the marinade.
  4. Incorporate Salsa Lizano into the mixture.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add vegetable oil and brown sugar to the pan, allowing the sugar to caramelize to a rich caramel color.
  6. Carefully place the marinated chicken thighs into the pan, ensuring they sizzle nicely. Cook the chicken, turning after a few minutes to achieve a golden brown color on both sides and ensure it is thoroughly cooked.


  1. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce by cutting the celery, onion, and sweet red pepper into julienne slices.
  2. Place the sliced vegetables on top of the chicken in the skillet.
  3. Pour in coconut milk and add 1/2 cup of water.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, yellow curry powder, and the remaining spices.
  5. Mix ketchup with a bit of water and add it to the pan.
  6. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld into a harmonious symphony.
  7. Serve this succulent Caribbean chicken alongside Costa Rican rice and beans for an authentic taste experience.
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Serving Suggestions

To complete your Costa Rican culinary adventure, serve the Caribbean chicken with a side of traditional Costa Rican rice and beans or opt for Costa Rican white rice and black beans. Let the flavors transport you to the golden shores of Limon.


While chicken thighs are traditionally used in this dish, feel free to substitute with chicken breasts or wings according to your preference. This recipe is also gluten-free, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions.

Perfect Caribbean Chicken Recipe From Costa Rica

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