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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jerk Chicken

I first heard of it on TLC in Jamie Oliver's show. This Jamaican grilled chicken recipe draws its flavor (Read HEAT) from the deadly Habanero chillis (which are touted to be hotter than our own 'Bhoot Jholoka') and allspice. The spice mix seemed heavenly to me and the recipe quite easy to follow. Moreover it is a grilled recipe which is quite healthy and low on the calories. I had been looking for something different from our regular tikkas to serve for starters to our guests (most folks aviod the oily/fried varieties these days) and this one fitted the bill perfectly.

Hence I got some 'Allspice' powder from Hypercity and tried it (alternatively you can buy it online from Bigbasket). Mindblowing. One word is enough of suffice this one. (Do choose the chilli carefully so that you can bear its heat.)

Read on for the recipe (Note - I have made some little changes to Jamie's recipe. Incase you like to lookup his version, checkout his site)


















Preparation Time - 30-35 mins

Ingredients - 2 chicken breasts, 5-6 shallots, 2-3 spring onions ( use the whites ), 3-4 garlic cloves, 1/2 inch ginger, 1/2 tsp chilli flakes, 1 tsp peppercorns, 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp honey, 3-4 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice powder, 1 green chilli ( preferably a hot one ), 1 tsp light soy sauce, half of a lemon, 1 tsp olive oil/canola oil/ricebran oil, salt to taste.

Preparation - Take all the ingredients ( except chicken ) in a mixer jar. Pulverize to get a fine paste.

Clean the chicken and put little cuts in the skin. Rub the spice paste all over the chicken preferably with your hands (wear gloves though).

Cooking - Pre-heat a oven to 250 degrees (Celcius). Put the chicken on a griller and place it in the middle rack of the oven with both the top & bottem heating elements switched on. Cook for 20-25 minutes or till it is done. Take care to regulate/lower heat because the marinade tends to burn easily as it contains sugar/honey.

Serve hot with some lettuce, sliced carrots and blanched tender beans.



















Note - Leg/Thigh pieces turn out to be juicier than the breast ones but are higher in fat content. So if you do not mind the calories, use the leg pieces for preparing jerk chicken.

3 comments:

  1. Nice..never heard this b4. Looks easy to make.. ll try it soon

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  2. Beautifully presented,u made me hungry dear..Loved it ,superb!!

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