Pelau (pr. pay la'w) is a popular Caribbean dish that can be found on most of the islands. It also can be street food. I remember going to outdoor concerts or being on the street during carnival and vendors would have pelau for sale. It's a complete one pot meal and one of my go to dishes when I want something tasty with no frills.


  • 2 lbs chicken (preferably wings)
  • 1/2 cup lentils
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon caramel browning
  • 1/4 cup onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 tbsp  garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp all spice
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Season chicken in advance with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onions, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, paprika and all spice.

  • Heat oil, add sugar and allow to caramelize. 
  • Add chicken wings carefully to avoid splatter. Brown chicken on both sides.
  • Pour in 1/2 cup of water and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils and carrots and another 1/2 cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes or until lentils soften.
  • Pour in rice, then spoon in the tomato ketchup. Stir the pot to mix all ingredients.
  • Add the rest of the water.
  • Cover pot and let simmer until the rice is cooked.
Serve with Cole Slaw on the side...enjoy!!


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