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Jerk Chicken

Photo: Lain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield 6 servings
Jerk chicken is seasoned with habanero chiles, which are native to Jamaica. For even more fire, use additional habanero chiles with their seeds, or add a teaspoon or two of habanero hot sauce. Serve with sautéed okra and tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • Chicken:
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, quartered
  • 6 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Plantains:
  • 2 soft black plantains (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 276
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 40.4 g
  • carbohydrate 14.9 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 104 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 427 mg
  • calcium 36 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare chicken, combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor; pulse 30 times or until finely chopped. Spoon onion mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator overnight, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Prepare grill.

  3. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 6 minutes on each side or until done.

  4. To prepare plantains, peel plantains, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cook plantains in boiling water 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Combine plantains, coconut milk, butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; mash to desired consistency. Place 1/3 cup plantain mixture on each of 6 plates, and top each serving with 1 chicken breast half.

Cook's Notes

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