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Jamaican Chicken

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

We are rapidly reaching the end of the school holidays. The uniforms are all washed and ready to go. Stationary is labelled and hidden so they can’t use it between now and next Monday. And new shoes have been bought.

The boys are excited about going back. Mr 7 can’t wait to see his friends and Mr 4 is happy he is going to be a proper ‘big school boy’ and get to go to chapel each week with his class. I think that is because he is convinced they sing the Banana Song every week. Fingers crossed that Pastor Richard gets it in during that first week or I may have one very disappointed 4 year old on my hands!

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

It is wonderful they are looking forward to school going back but it does mean the hols are coming to an end and our summer adventures are over for another year. We are still trying to cram things in. Today we are off to the aquarium and yesterday we had an evening play, swim and barbie down at the estuary.

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

It was beautiful, we were the only ones there, the hint of a breeze made the 37 ºC day bearable, the boys ate every bit of food they were given, we had a sunset swim water fight before heading home for baths and sparklers left over from Australia Day.

Bundling two tired and mucky boys into the car with just their towels on, I managed to leave the boys clothes hung on a bush! But they were still there when Dad and I drove back a couple of hours later. The late night jaunt gave us a chance to spot a frogmouth owl, a very tame frogmouth owl as he sat happily whilst I grabbed a couple of shots with my phone.

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

So tired and happy we all headed to bed, with the temperature still hitting 30ºC we expected a warm muggy night ahead, but the summer rains fell and this morning I am sat looking out at beautiful blue skies and inhaling a clean fresh after the rain smell. Doesn’t get better than that!

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

Last night on the barbie we had the usual homemade extra large beef burgers and sausages but I also made some Jamaican chicken. I cooked it in the oven before we went and had planned to just place it on the barbecue in some foil to heat through, yes I am the crazy lady who has the oven on when the house is already struggling to stay cool! But in the end it was eaten cold and I can tell you it is as good cold with salad as it is hot with rice.

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

That makes it a great dish to make for dinner and then use leftovers for lunch. Stew has gone off to work this morning with leftover salad and leftover chicken! Don’t feel too sorry for him, at least he hasn’t got to go out in the heat and buy lunch.

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

This chicken is hard to describe, it is aromatic, sweet, sour and spicy, it isn’t blow your head off spicy as I have tamed the spice quite significantly. No point eating something that is unenjoyable, but it still pretty spicy. If you love things as spicy as they come then add in 2 extra chillies. Scotch bonnet are the ones they use in Jamaica and if you can get them, they will definitely give you a spicy kick. But I warn you, this is not a gentle boot to the bottom, this is a flying kick that will send you into next door’s garden! They are hot hot hot!

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Jamaican Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 10 mins
 
Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven
Servings: 4
Calories: 530 kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
Ingredients
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 red chilli (Add an extra 2 if you love your food with a major spice kick)
  • 2 cm piece ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp raw unprocessed honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken marylands (see notes)
  • 1 whole lime
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the spring onion and chillies and place in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Peel the garlic and ginger and add to the processor.
  3. Cut the stalks off the coriander and add the stalks to the processor. Keep the leaves for later.
  4. Give this a quick pulse then add the fresh and dried thyme, mixed spice, chilli flakes, lime juice, honey, salt and olive oil.
  5. Process this until you have a smooth(ish) marinade.
  6. Place the chicken pieces into a large non-metallic bowl and add the marinade.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced/Gas mark 6.
  9. Line a baking tin with cooking paper and arrange the chicken so they aren't overlapping.
  10. Roast the chicken for an hour.
  11. Remove from the oven and serve sprinkled with fresh coriander and plenty of lime wedges.
Recipe Notes

 Chicken marylands are what we call the cut of chicken that includes the thigh and the drumstick. Sometimes called chicken quarters. 

Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 chicken maryland)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 557mg 23%
Potassium 68mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 57g 114%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 37%
Calcium 2%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Jamaican Chicken. A spicy and aromatic chicken dish, that is simple to prepare and cooks easily in the oven.

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    • Rikki
    • April 23, 2015
    Reply

    What is mixed spice? Is it something I can buy in the U.S.?

    1. Reply

      Hi Rikki, mixed spice is a spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

      I had a quick look and it looks like you can buy it on amazon:
      http://www.amazon.com/Schwartz-Mixed-Spice-28g/dp/B003BQH3DC (that isn’t an affiliated link or anything, just one I found).

      Not sure if it is available in grocery stores over there, although I think pumpkin pie spice is pretty similar.

      Hope that helps.

  3. Reply

    Hello Claire, I made Jamaican chicken following your recipe with Indian red chillies. They were super delicious, perfectly spicy , moist and awesome flavor. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. My family loved this version of roasted chicken !

    1. Reply

      Salma, thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment, I am so very pleased you enjoyed the Jamaican Chicken recipe 🙂

  4. Goodness me we have had a weird and warm summer haven’t we? I can’t wait until we are in our own home next summer and can move some of our cooking outdoors (I’m like you though, even if the A/C is struggling I have the oven heating up for something). I just know my partner is going to love this chicken dish!

    1. Reply

      We really have. Summer was late coming but it is sure hot and muggy today again. But we have storm warning for tonight. Severe rain and hail. I’m still using the oven though…roasted cauliflower tonight 🙂

  5. Loving all the spices and aromatics of this jamaican chicken. It looks incredible!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Thalia. Your Mini Lavender, Champagne and Hazelnut Cakes will definitely be on my baking list. They look and sound amazing!

    • Michael
    • January 30, 2015
    Reply

    Fantastic flavour to this chicken. Spicing was just right.

    • Carolyn.
    • January 29, 2015
    Reply

    We had a great barbie. Chicken yummy and burgers delicious!

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