Yummy Vegan Recipes by Vinna Best

Vegan Brown Stew ‘Unchicken’ Jackfruit Recipe by Vinna Best

SWEET and SPICY. In Caribbean homes throughout the world, brown stew chicken is a favourite dish. Lets VEGANISE it. By using jackfruit instead of chicken, I have recreated brown stew as an all PLANT-BASED recipe – it’s tender, juicy and oh so yummy! And before you ask! Yes, it’s vegan friendly. Get step by step directions on how to make this tasty Jackfruit Brown Stew.


  • 1 tin of young green jackfruit in brine/water, soften and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon of salt or to your taste
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoons of all purpose seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bunch of scallions chopped
  • 1 thumb of ginger freshly chopped
  • garlic cloves minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1  bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ scotch bonnet / hot pepper, chopped (do not include the seeds)
  • 8 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons of cornstarch / cornflour
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cups of water
  • Sprig of fresh thyme / chopped scallions for garnish (optional)


  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Inactive Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time:  40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 65 Minutes
  • Serves: 4 People

How To Marinate The Jackfruit?

  1. To a mixing bowl, add the following ingredients: jackfruit, salt, black pepper, ginger powder, onion powder, paprika, all-purpose seasoning and allspice.
  2. Mix and toss all the ingredients together until evenly coated. 
  3. Add to the bowl the chopped and diced yellow onion, scallions, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, thyme, tomatoes, bell peppers and scotch bonnet.
  4. Mix and toss all the ingredients together until evenly coated. Cover the bowl, refrigerate and let marinate for 15 minutes.

How To Make Browning Sauce and Cook?

  1. Add oil and brown sugar to a large pot or pan on low heat. Stir occasionally to stop it from burning, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. When the sugar completely melts into a brown sauce, add in the marinated jackfruit and vegetables.
  3. Continuously stir until brown sauce covers all sides of the jackfruit.
  4. Pour 1 cup of water mixed with cornstarch into the stew.
  5. To thicken and for flavouring, add ketchup to the stew.
  6. On low heat, stir occasionally and simmer until jackfruit is tender and the sauce has simmered to half, about 30 minutes.


  1. Allow your Jackfruit Brown Stew to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 
  2. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and a few chopped scallions (optional).
  3. Enjoy!


  • Sugar browning alternative: store-bought browning stew marinade.
  • Storage: Leftovers can be kept in a Tupperware and reheated the next day.
  • Side dishes: Food that complements brown stew include rice and peas, mac and cheese, fried plantain and jackfruit coleslaw.
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