(131) Belize – Stewed Chicken

Altun Ha. Source: celebritycruise.com

Belize, a country of Central America, is known for its Mayan ruins, great blue hole, barrier reefs, and picturesque beaches. Situated by Guatemala, Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea, Belize consists over 50% jungles with 75% of the forests under protection.

The cuisine of this Central American country is a hodgepodge of diverse foods highly dependent on where you visit. Comprised of Mayan, British, Spanish, Creole, African, Indigenous, and Caribbean cultures the food scene does not disappoint. Popular dishes that Belize is known for include rice and beans, pibil pork, ceviche, johnny cakes, boil up, and tamales. There seems to be a little bit of everything in Belizean cuisine!

Stewed chicken might not be a “signature dish” but it includes several classic Belizean ingredients and seasonings. I would like to think a meal like this is commonly served on a weekend to share at a gathering or prepared when someone is sick. There are a few different variations, but most of the ingredients found here are consistent. The dish oozes comfort which is what we need during yet another late season snowstorm!

Cooking was simple, most of the ingredients I already had on hand or could easily get from the store. In hindsight I think mincing the ginger would have distributed the flavor more evenly and adding double the called for amount would have brought more of the warmth I crave.

The chicken was very tender and sweet from the coconut. The flavors of tomato and Worcestershire sauce came through, however if the chicken was marinated the flavors would have popped out more. It was still pretty good with 6.5/10 rating. Next stop.. Korea!

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