Thursday 2 June 2011

Perfect Baked Jerk Chicken

Sorry I've been on hiatus lately!  Summer is a BUSY time full of long nights of friends, gardening, family, and little time for the computer.  Hopefully I can find some time to write when the sun goes down!  Unfortunately for me, that's usually after 1030 pm in these parts--I can't complain though, I love these long summer nights.

I just wanted to share with you one our household's current favourite recipes!  It was given to me by my sister for a Christmas present in a recipe box full of wholesome, delicious recipes!  I hope you enjoy!

Perfect Baked Jerk Chicken
serves 3-4
1 tsp allspice powder
1 tsp packed brown sugar
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp cayenne  (if you like kick, you can up this to 1/2 or even 1 tsp)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4-6 pieces of chicken (bone in, I usually use thighs) with skin on

As an aside:
This may seem like a daunting list of ingredients, and believe me, I spent about $30 to accumulate all the spices, but you will put them to GOOD use because you will LOVE this recipe.

The good thing about this recipe is that you can also customize it to your liking depending on your taste.  I usually up the amounts of pepper, cayenne, and garlic.

Back to the recipe:
1. Combine ALL ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  Squash is, shake it, smear it all around until the chicken is coated evenly.  Marinate the chicken in the fridge for 2-4 hours.  (I actually usually leave it for about 20 min....who has 2-4 hours to marinate meat with???)

2. Preheat over to 350°F.  Put the chicken on a broiler pan skin side up.

3. Bake until the chicken is cooked to 170-180°F near the bone (or about 1 hour-1 hour 20 min)

4. Broil the chicken for ~5 minutes at the end to crisp up the skin

5. Serve with something delicious and nutritious like salad and Mexican Quinoa Bean Medley

I urge you to try this will not be disappointed!  Comment below if you try it, have any changes to propose, or if you just want to chat!

1 comment:

  1. Ohhh how I DO love this chicken! lol -- you're right; it IS addicting! ;)