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This easy Jamaican jerk chicken recipe is full of taste and flavour. Make it for a tasty and delicious dinner or serve with a selection of Caribbean food.
This week is Caribbean food week and at the weekend Grace Foods UK is holding its second annual Caribbean Food Week Food Festival. Pop along to Windrush Square in Brixton, London (Friday 26th – Saturday 26th August) and enjoy Caribbean street food, live cookery demonstrations, music and much more!
To help celebrate Caribbean Food Week Grace Foods sent me a hamper of their products. The challenge was to come up with a Caribbean street food spread using them. There was a great mix of Caribbean products in the hamper. Pepperpot soup mix, a tin of coconut milk, a tin of ackee and plantain chips. A range of spices including jerk seasoning, hot curry powder, hot and spicy jerk chicken fry mix. There were also drinks, ginger beer, coconut water and Aloe Vera drinks.
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Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken
For my street food spread I made a caribbean jerk chicken with an accompaniment of rice and peas. Alongside it was an ackee dip with plantain chips. Jerk is a method of cooking native to Jamaica where the meat is rubbed with a spice. Cooking the meat is done over a fire pit. It began with the native Taíno people who would cook their meat over fires using wood from the allspice tree. This gives the meat a distinctive flavour. These days jerk seasoning is made from a mix of hot peppers, sweet allspice berries, thyme and ginger.
To make the perfect Jamaican jerk chicken marinade mix the jerk seasoning with lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic. The brown sugar and soy sauce add a bit of sweetness that mellow the fiery taste of the jerk. The resulting chicken is delicious. It is the perfect dish for a barbecue or street The creamy coconut rice and peas makes the perfect side dish. Dunn River jerk seasoning works well in this dish. It is not too hot and has a lovely flavour.
Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp jerk seasoning
- In a bowl mix together the lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and jerk seasoning
- Peel and chop the garlic into small pieces and add to the marinade
- Score the chicken breasts and add to the marinade
- Leave for at least an hour
- Preheat the oven to 180C Gas Mark 4
- Place the chicken on a baking tray and cook for around 30 minutes until done
Plantain chips and Ackee dip
Ackee and plantain are both fruits that are common to the Caribbean and found a lot in their cuisine. Salt Fish and Ackee is a well known Jamaican dish. The flesh of the ackee is bright yellow and it has a distinctive taste that is difficult to describe. Grace Foods plantain chips are a great snack. Not as sweet as banana chips and more crunchy, they go perfectly with the ackee dip.
The ackee dip mixes a tin of ackee with spring onions, salt, hot pepper sauce and garlic. It sounds odd but it works really well. The bite of the spring onions and garlic mix well with the sweet flavours of the ackee and plantain.
Plantain chips and ackee dip recipe
Plantain chips with ackee dip
- 1 pack plantain chips
- 1 can ackee
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 spring onions
- 1 -2 tsp hot pepper sauce
- a clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Peel and chop the garlic into small pieces
- Chop the spring onions into slices
- Purée the ackee until smooth
- Add the other ingredients and mix
- Serve with plantain chips
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