This week’s recipe, Creole Chicken, or Poulet Kreyol, is a traditional Haitian stewed chicken dish.

There are many different versions of this dish, but this particular recipe comes from local leaders in Haiti, Jean Alix and Mylene Paul! The Paul family has used this recipe countless times to prepare this classic Haitian meal. 

If you are a fan of spicy food, you’ve come to the right place.

Our Strategic Partnerships Director, Payton Junkin, loves eating Creole Chicken in Haiti! He decided to give cooking it at home with his family a try. Take a look!


Creole Chicken (Poulet Kreyol)


  • 1 (3–4-lb.) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme, stemmed
  • 1 Scotch bonnet (or Habanero) chile, split
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1⁄2 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste


Step 1: Place chicken in a shallow baking dish. Purée salt, garlic, scallions, parsley, thyme, Scotch bonnet chili, half the green bell peppers, and 1⁄2 cup water in a food processor and pour over chicken.

Step 2: Chill for 4 hours.

Step 3: Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Scrape marinade from chicken; reserve marinade.

Step 4: Add chicken to pot and cook, turning once, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

Step 5: Add remaining green bell peppers, onions, and red bell peppers to pot, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, 8–10 minutes. 

Step 6: Add tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return chicken to pot, along with reserved marinade and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover pot slightly; cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, 25–30 minutes.

Step 7: Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

If you try this recipe, post a photo, tag Help One Now, and we will share it with the Help One Now community! We can’t wait to see your versions of Creole Chicken!

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