Sunday, January 25, 2015

Really hot spicy jerk chicken


Having dined at The Butler, Potts Point recently, I tried their jerk tofu but it just didn’t quite have the spice hit I needed. I remember making this jerk chicken dish and loving it so much that I knew that I had to keep this in my repertoire.
Cranking the oven up, the skin on the chicken crisps up and is encrusted with the spiced chilli marinade which is countered by the vinegar, lime, rum and spiced marinade making the meat so tender. It's so good.
If you love spice then this dish is for you, as its hot. Pepe, my other half has a couple of bites before the sweat beads make an appearance. This dish packs a punch but the sweet, creamy coconut rice that is served up with it is a match made in heaven. Or a dollop of yoghurt may curtail the heat and be a soothing salve for the mouth.

Check out my review of The Butler.

Ingredients

5 chicken thigh with skin and bone
Dry Spice mix
2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Ingredients to throw into the food processor
5 cloves garlic
100g ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup rum
Juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 fresh red chillies, whole (I like it hot hence I use a lot of chillies)
1 onion cut in half

Coconut rice
2 cups of jasmine rice
400mL coconut milk
2 large pinches of salt
 

Method

1.       Preheat oven to 200 degree Celcius
2.       Place all the dry spice mix into a bowl
3.       Put all the other ingredients in the processor and blitz
4.       Place the dry spice mix into the processor and mix until it looks a dark earthy paste
5.       Pour and spread the marinade mix over the chicken and leave in the fridge for minimum 2 hours or covered overnight.
6.       Place the chicken and all the marinade into a shallow roasting pan and roast for 40minutes. You should get a chicken that’s cooked through and tender with a thick fiery crust.
7.       Place the rice into a rice cooker with the coconut milk and add 2 large pinches of salt. Check the rice is cooked through once the liquid is all absorbed. If not, give the rice another 5-10 minutes if it’s needed.
8.       Serve up by piling up the dinner plate with coconut rice with the hot crusted chicken on top.
 

Handy tips

*Jerk marinade can be made a day ahead. The chicken can also be marinated up to 24 hours in advance. I like using chicken thighs but feel free to use chicken breast.
*Mix up the leftover coconut rice and shred the chicken with a fresh salad of cucumber, tomato and parsley dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.