Simple Jerk Chicken

I found this meal idea years ago and have used it ever since.  It is a simple recipe for those nights when you don’t have a lot of time.  This chicken .  It goes well topped with a mango salsa (mango, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, cilantro and an optional ingredient is blueberries.  The mango salsa makes it light and refreshing.  This is a must in our house during the warmer months (into fall).  When I made this recently, I served it with spaghetti squash  instead of mango salsa.  It transformed the meal into more of a fall dish than a summer dish.

Materials:

  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste (I usually double the cayenne, but used one minced Thai chili pepper instead)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken (thighs, breasts, or a combo)

Procedure:

1. Pre-heat grill.

2. On a plate, combine cinnamon, allspice, garlic salt, thyme, table salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and lime juice; mix to a paste.  Brush both sides of chicken with seasoning paste (I used my hands); set aside for 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

3. Grill chicken for 10 minutes; flip and grill until cooked through, about 6 minutes more.

Printable Recipe!

Observations: This chicken is FAST, EASY, HEALTHY, and cheap because it uses items already in your kitchen.  Make sure you let it set for at least 10 minutes so the flavors can sink into the chicken.  If you don’t want to grill, or can’t, you can cook the chicken under the broiler.

Analysis: Like I have stated, this is something I make often.  Sometimes I change the spicy aspect of the seasoning.  This time, I had fresh Thai chili peppers from my garden.  However, I try to keep the traditional jerk seasonings the same.  This jerk chicken is a family favorite and pairs well with a variety of sides.  It would even be delicious in a salad.

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