Jamaica - Jerk Chicken
In Jamaica, jerk is a style of cooking native to them. The meat is either dry-rubbed or wet marinated, but I did a combo of both. Served with a side of cauliflower rice and beans, amazing dish.
At the time of making this, I, unfortunately, did not have a grill to utilize to make this the proper way, but if you DO have a grill, absolutely use that method. I used my oven to bake then broil. However, when I visited my parents, I convinced them to make this on their green egg, and they absolutely LOVED this dish. So much so, that they've made it several times because my brother specifically requests it. He is a very picky eater, and even he enjoys it. It has the perfect kick of spice, but don't let that deter you from trying this!
6 sliced scotch bonnet peppers (sub jalapenos)
2 tbsp thyme
2 tbsp ground allspice
8 Cloves garlic (chopped)
3 yellow onions (chopped)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup orange juice
1 cup white vinegar
3 lbs chicken drumsticks and thighs
In a blender, add ALL of the ingredients to make the jerk sauce, except the chicken of course.
In a big bowl or a Ziploc bag, add the chicken and all of the marinade. Cover and leave the chicken in the fridge overnight.
If you're going to use the oven, heat the oven to 400F. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, flip, then bake for another 15 minutes. Then broil on high for 5 minutes on each side. Make sure to baste the chicken with the marinade between the first flips. No need to baste during the broiling portion.
If you're going to grill, grill the meat slowly until finished. Just make sure to turn regularly and baste while grilling. The original recipe says to cook over charcoal for best results.
If desired, chop the chicken into smaller pieces using a meat cleaver. It will cut through the bone with enough pressure. Don't try to use a regular knife.
Serve with rice and beans, and a side salad if desired.
Recipe adapted from Jamaica Travel and Culture.