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Do you want to try something new and delicious? Then check out these three incredible Jamaican chicken recipes. In this blog post, we’ll look at three traditional Jamaican chicken recipes that will amaze you and provide an unforgettable dining experience. These recipes will leave you wanting more, whether you want a quick weeknight meal, an impressive dish for a special occasion, or something truly unique and flavorful. We’ll go over each recipe so you can easily prepare a Jamaican feast in your own kitchen. So let’s get started.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Have you ever tried Jamaican jerk chicken? If not, now is the time to give it a shot! This popular dish is made with chicken marinated in Caribbean spices and baked or grilled until crispy.
Jamaican jerk chicken is a well-known dish in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The marinade is typically made with spices and vegetables, and the chicken pieces are marinated overnight to create a rich flavor.
The dish is inspired by traditional African cuisine. The Taino, an indigenous Caribbean people, may have invented the method in the 15th century. It is believed that the method was taught to African slaves, who then adapted it. This recipe is now used by Caribbean residents to make jerk chicken.
How to make Jamaican jerk chicken
The Jamaican jerk chicken recipe takes only two days to prepare. Prepare and marinate the chicken the night before, then cook it the next day in the oven or on the grill.
- 6 pounds of bone-in chicken thighs, breasts and wings.
- 1 tsp. salt.
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon.
- 1 tbsp ground thyme.
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger.
- 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg.
- 2 tbsp. Jamaican all spices.
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper.
- ¼ cup olive oil.
- ½ cup soy sauce.
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice.
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 Scotch bonnet chili (chopped)
- 3 medium scallions (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- ¼ cup white vinegar or Apple cider vinegar
- Clean the chicken pieces with running water and vinegar, then place them in a large bowl filled with water and two tablespoons of salt and soak for 10 minutes.
- In a food processor, combine the onions, scotch bonnet chilis, garlic, scallions, spices, pepper, nutmeg, black pepper, and thyme, then add the soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice and blend well.
- Remove the chicken from the salt water and place it on a plate, poking holes in it to allow it to marinate more effectively.
- Pour the marinade into a large mixing bowl, then add the chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight, covered.
Before baking or grilling, bring the chicken to room temperature.
The oven method
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange it on a baking sheet leaving a space between each piece. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Set the grill to medium heat (about 350°F). Place the chicken skin side up on the cooler side of the grill, clean and oil the cooking grate, and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, covering, turning, and moving the chicken occasionally to avoid burning and flare-ups.
- Serve the jerk chicken with your favorite side dish.
Jamaican Curry Chicken
Curry chicken is currently one of Jamaica’s most popular dishes. Both locals and visitors adore this mouthwatering dish, which is now a staple of the country’s diet and is consumed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eastern Indians who were brought to the English colony to work on sugar plantations after slavery was abandoned in the 17th century brought curry and other spices to Jamaica. The Jamaican curry chicken is a unique dish that combines sweet smelling spices and flavorful broth to produce an unforgettable flavor. Chicken, curry powder, onions, garlic, peppers, and various seasonings are used to make the dish.
How to make Jamaican curry chicken
- 3 lbs. chicken (cut into small pieces)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. back pepper
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. all-purpose seasoning
- 2 tsp. Jamaican curry powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. ginger powder
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 medium carrots (chopped)
- 2 medium potatoes (chopped)
- 2 medium bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- A spring of thyme
- 3 cups boiling water
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- First, take the chicken’s skin off and chop it into small pieces. After that, wash it with fresh lime juice and running water before letting it dry.
- Put the chicken pieces in a sizable mixing bowl and season with paprika, ginger powder, turmeric, Jamaican curry powder, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken and mix it together. Before cooking, give the chicken an hour to marinate.
3. The chicken has marinated, preheat the pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, and curry, and stir for one minute (this is known as “Burning the Curry”). Next, add the chicken and fry for four minutes on each side. Finally, add the hot water, stir once, cover the pot, and allow it to boil for ten minutes.
4. Then mix well before adding the potatoes, carrots, and thyme. Cover for 15 minutes.
5. Add the minced onions, bell pepper, and optional red pepper flakes. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the water is reduced. Serving with your preferred side, take out the dried thyme.
Brown Stew Chicken
Brown stew chicken is a fantastic weeknight meal for chicken lovers. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to prepare and it is high in protein and fiber.
This dish is simply cooked in a pot with tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and seasoning to taste; the flavor combination results in a delicious and amazing meal.
This dish comes in a variety of flavors, so you can customize it to your liking. This recipe can be made with any type of chicken, such as skinless breasts or thighs, but the thighs are preferred.
How to make brown stew chicken
- 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 2 tbsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt or to taste
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose seasoning
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 2 tbsp. chicken seasoning
- 2 tbsp. browning
- A spring of thyme
- 4 fresh garlic gloves (chopped)
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 3 scallions (chopped)
- 1 medium green bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 medium red bell pepper (chopped)
- 1-inch ginger (chopped)
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper (chopped)
- 1 medium tomato (chopped)
- ¼ cup oil.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tbsp. ketchup
- Rinse the chicken with white vinegar and running water, then add salt and black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Jamaican all-purpose seasoning, Jamaican chicken seasoning, paprika, chopped garlic, and ginger to a mixing bowl.
- Add the browning to the mix, followed by all of the chopped vegetables, and thoroughly combine the ingredients, ensuring that the chicken is completely covered. If necessary, add more browning.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour before cooking. If marinated overnight, the flavor will be concentrated and the chicken meat will be more tender.
4. Remove the onions, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, and vegetables from the chicken and set aside until ready to cook.
5. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the vegetables and sauté for 5 minutes, or until soft. Remove the vegetables, then add the chicken pieces and brown for about 3 minutes on each side.
6. Return the vegetables, along with the water, chicken broth, and ketchup, to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cover for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover after 30 minutes and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite side dish.
Great side dishes for these Jamaican chicken recipes
These flavorful and spicy main courses can be served with any side dish of your choice; here are some serving suggestions so you don’t have to serve it the same way twice:
These dishes can be served with any type of rice. Rice varieties include white rice, brown rice, coconut rice, and cilantro lime rice. Jamaican rice and beans are also a tasty side dish; serve them with quinoa or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option
- Grilled vegetables
These main courses are enriched by potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, red pepper, and mushrooms. These dishes can be served with an infinite variety of grilled vegetables.
Salads complement these Jamaican chicken recipes beautifully. Any salad will do, but Caribbean salad and coleslaw are particularly tasty.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a flavorful, one-of-a-kind meal to prepare, Jamaica has a wide variety of mouthwatering recipes to choose from. Whether you want a spicy jerk chicken, a traditional curried chicken, or a savory brown stew chicken, there’s a recipe for you. These recipes are simple to prepare and will add a flavorful twist to your dinner table. Try them out today and discover the rich flavors of Jamaica!
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