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Jerk Chicken with Rice, Black Beans, and Pineapple

Real Simple FEBRUARY 2008

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons jerk sauce (such as Pickapeppa Sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced


Cook the rice according to the package directions.

Combine the vinegar, rum, jerk sauce, and ginger in a measuring cup or small bowl; set aside.

Pound the chicken to an even thickness. Season it with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and add the vinegar mixture. Return the skillet to low heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Divide the chicken and sauce among plates.

Stir the beans into the rice. In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple and scallions. Serve both with the chicken.

Tip: The chili peppers in jerk sauce shouldn't overwhelm the other ingredients. Taste yours before adding it to a dish. If the sauce is too spicy, cut the amount you use in the recipe by half.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 542
  • Calories from fat: 10%
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Sodium: 357mg
  • Carbohydrate: 73g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugars: 7g
  • Protein: 40g

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