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Delicious Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne Recipe

Poulet a L'Haitienne Recipe

Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne is delicious and spicy. It’s cooked with onions and spices, making it easy on the palate.

The chicken is cooked in a delicious Creole sauce, drenched in spices, herbs, and garlic. Filled with all of the amazing flavors of the Caribbean, this easy chicken recipe tastes amazing.

Many versions of Poulet a L’Haitienne, Chicken in Creole Sauce, or Poule en Sauce exist. In Haitian culture, it is common for a dish to have several names depending on the part of the country a person lives.

I could go on with different interpretations, which would take too much time. One simple chicken dish with several names, all of which mean the same in Haiti or among Haitians in the US.

In other countries where another version of the Creole language is spoken, Creole Chicken or Chicken in Creole Sauce is cooked differently. The difference is the combination of spices. For example, in Louisiana, Creole Chicken is chicken cooked in a vegetable tomato sauce.

Poulet a L'Haitienne Recipe
Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne Recipe

In Haiti, the sauce is made with tomato sauce and spices and added to the chicken after it has been marinated, boiled, and finally pan-fried for browning. The latter is a very common process for browning meat in Haiti. The browning process is achieved with patience. I am not kidding when I say patience.

I also added NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce to accentuate the taste of the other spices and the chicken. Whether mixing the hot sauce with the marinade or adding it to the creole sauce, your dish will be flavorful.

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When watching a cooking show on television, always pay attention to the numerous tips the cook or chef will share about roasting meat and poultry. Many will discuss the bits and pieces or food crumbs stuck inside the pan or pot.

The bits or crumbs left in the pan make the sauce of the chicken taste better. In Haiti, as I said before, you need the patience to be successful at browning meat. Remember the saying “patience is a virtue”? With chicken, it perfectly fits!

A must-have pan for browning meat

A heavy bottom pan is usually the best to use when browning meat. A little bit of oil and tomato paste will do the trick. The poultry may be slightly cooked, but the amount of time spent marinating for this dish should be enough. The chicken is slowly cooked in the oil mixed with tomato paste under low heat. For the process to be successful, I would recommend using a wooden spoon instead of a stainless steel spoon.

The metal may cut the poultry, and you will end up with smaller pieces of meat or poultry. Constant stirring is also required to avoid sticking. When the chicken pieces are browned to your liking, they are removed from the pan, and a sauce is created with the bits left in the same pan. After the sauce is created with additional spices and onions, the chicken pieces are added back to the pan to continue cooking. So you see, patience is required for this dish.

Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L'Haitienne Recipe
Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne Recipe

About the Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne Recipe

The explanations may sound long or too complicated, but they’re not.  You just have to be careful and not let the meat or poultry overcook before browning. If you can make this dish, there is no other meat with sauce dishes you cannot make. You will taste the difference and always want a sauce with your meat.

By the way, I sometimes cut the browning process by boiling my chicken in the oven and then creating my sauce with the leftover marinade/cooking liquid. It works just fine as well. So have fun browning your chicken.

A greedy tip to share: I love eating leftover crumbs with bread. Shhh! Don’t say anything to anyone. It is a delicious secret.

Chicken in Creole Sauce (Poulet a L’Haitienne)

Chicken in Creole Sauce or Poulet a L’Haitienne, my recipe for one of the national dishes in Haiti that is mostly served with grains or root vegetables.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Recipe Index
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 2871 kcal



  • Cut whole chicken into pieces and trim excess fat and remove skin if preferred. Take one lime and cut in half. Clean each chicken pieces by rubbing lime halves while squeezing some of the juice out. Repeat process for each chicken pieces. Rinse chicken well with water and pat dry. Add chicken to a large bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, mix juice of 1 lime (approximately 2 tablespoon), chicken bouillon, scallions, vinegar, parsley, thyme, cloves, garlic, pinch of salt, and black pepper. Add spice mixture and make sure all pieces are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Remove bowl from refrigerator and bring to room temperature. In a heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoon oil with 1/2 tablespoon of tomato paste under medium heat while stirring to mix. Remove chicken from marinade and slowly add to hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Brown chicken on all sides in batches. Transfer to a plate.
  • Heat remaining oil in skillet add marinade to cook for 1 minute. Add chicken to pan and stir to incorporate. Add remaining tomato paste into 1 cup of boiling water to dilute and add to chicken. Cook covered over medium heat until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from heat, remove chicken from pan and strain liquid to remove extra spices residue. Reheat sauce in same pan, add 1/4 water (or more if necessary), season with additional salt and pepper and hot pepper or hot sauce if preferred. Add onion slices and bell pepper if using, and bring to a boil. Once sauce starts to thickens, add chicken and cook uncovered for 5 to 7 minutes on medium to low heat. Remove from heat and serve immediately.


Serving: 6gramsCalories: 2871kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 209gFat: 207gSaturated Fat: 82gCholesterol: 817mgSodium: 1935mgFiber: 10gSugar: 13g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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