I’d been craving (leptin problem maybe?) some jerk chicken lately, probably because the flavors remind me of the beach, which is what I am really craving…
Anyway, since there are no places around here that can make good jerk chicken, I played around with recipes until I found this Caribbean jerk chicken recipe, which is Ah-Mazing! If you like these flavors I highly recommend trying this recipe!
Note: Flavors are best if you let the chicken marinate overnight before cooking. Recipe serves 4-6 people and makes great leftovers to scramble in eggs for breakfast or take for lunches on the go.
Caribbean Jerk Chicken Recipe
Yield 4 -6 servings
A delicious and healthy jerk chicken recipe.
- If using a whole chicken, cut in half (see notes).
- Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice over the chicken and rub in.
- In a food processor, combine all remaining ingredients and process until it forms a paste.
- Rub the jerk seasoning paste over the chicken halves.
- Marinate in the refrigerator for at least a few hours or overnight if you can.
- After the chicken is done marinating, preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Place the chicken in a large roasting dish and place in oven.
- Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest 10 minutes.
- Remove from the bone and serve with vegetables.
There are a couple ways to halve a chicken: you can have the butcher do it for you or you can do it yourself with a sharp knife; just cut lengthwise through the middle of the breast leaving a leg on each side.
I recommend serving this jerk chicken with roasted squash and apples:
- 1 lb zucchini or yellow squash, diced
- 2 green apples, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, sliced
- ¼ cup coconut oil or olive oil
- dash of cinnamon, salt, pepper, and thyme to mimic the jerk flavor
Toss to combine and roast with the chicken for the last 30 minutes until slightly soft.
Serving Size 1/6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5.2 g
Saturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 39 mg
Sodium 831 mg
Total Carbohydrates 5.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Protein 11.9 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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