Geera Chicken

I've heard the word "cumin" as a seasoning on Food Network a million times, but didn't realise it's the same "Geera" that is widely used in the Caribbean.

Geera Chicken is usually used as "cutters" something spice to eat while we're drinking, playing cards, or by the riverside. I've eaten it a number of times, but never actually made it myself. I had to turn to my friend Kshama Mahadeo for this recipe. 

Try it out, let me know what you think. Feel free to add more spice to your liking. Using cumin as a spice is known to increase antioxidant intake, promote digestion, provides iron, may improve blood sugar control and may reduce food-borne illnesses. It has also been reported to help persons with diabetes control their blood sugar, so feel free to make and eat as much as you would like!

This recipe can also be prepared to go with some dhal and rice, only difference being the sizes you cut the chicken into.


  • 1 lb. Chicken parts (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 tbsp. Ground geera (cumin)
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp Green Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp pimento pepper
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 hot Pepper scotch bonnet or Pinch of Red Pepper Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Instructions

    1. Wash and Season chicken with green seasoning, pepper (optional), onion sliced and turmeric powder.
    2. Mix thoroughly and leave to marinate for about an hour.
    3. Sauté the  two cloves of garlic in some oil.
    4. Add seasoned chicken to pot and turn stove to medium and cover. This should "spring water". when it does, uncover and let the "fresh" water dry down.
    5. Then add ground geera and hot water and allow meat to cook. 

     Geera Chicken Recipe by Leiselle Donald - Cookpad

    1 comment

    The cover photo for this recipe was taken by influencer This Bago Girl as part of a collaboration with Callaloo Box ( for our August Hot & Spicy Box.
    The link or the original blog post (which is actually geera chicken neck) is below.

    Jamila May 14, 2022

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