Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks and Caribbean Rice with Red Beans - the strong, spicy flavours of this chicken is the best from the Caribbean! Easy to make with everyday ingredients.
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5 from 44 votes

Caribbean Rice with Beans

This rice is incredibly flavourful. So flavourful that you can eat it plain. It's a fantastic side for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe (refer above). This recipe is adapted from this Caribbean Rice and Beans by Immaculate Bites.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Rice, Side
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


  • 2 tbsp oil (canola, vegetable, peanut, olive oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 onion , diced (brown, white, yellow)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 small fresh thyme sprig
  • 1 cup long grain rice (uncooked)
  • 14 oz / 400g can red kidney beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water (or 1 cup if you like your rice very soft)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 tsp cajun spice mix (Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onion and thyme, and sauté for 3 minutes until translucent and just starting to turn golden brown.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Put the lid on and bring to boil, then turn the heat down to low.
  • Cook for around 20 minutes, until all the water is absorbed (tilt the saucepan - if there is no water, then it is ready).
  • Remove from the stove and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. During this time, any residual water will be absorbed and the rice will continue to cook.
  • I served this with Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks.


1. You can get cajun spice mix from the spice and herb section of the supermarket. It is no more expensive than other spices.
2. The original recipe called for 1 Scotch Bonnet to be finely diced and sautéed with the garlic. I omitted it because I serve this rice as a side dish for Jerk Chicken which is very strong flavoured and spicy.
3. Nutrition for the Caribbean Rice with Beans based on 6 servings (as a side).
Caribbean Rice and Beans_Nutrition


Serving: 182g | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.6g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 1.5g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.3mg