Monday, April 14, 2014

Jamaican Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa

I first tasted real Jerk chicken (and pork) on a trip to Jamaica with my family many years ago....It was so good that I still think about it! Today I decided to give it a try, considering I had all of the required ingredients. This chicken really needs to marinade for a good long time, for several hours or overnight.

This is tangy, sweet, and a bit spicy--and it smells amazing. I am not a huge fan of really spicy foods, so one might consider this recipe the equivalent of "medium" spicy (like medium salsa). If you want it more spicy (you crazy folk...) you can add a chili to the mix.

The mango salsa (more of a salad really) complements the chicken fantastically if your mangoes are ripe--make sure they are slightly soft and brightly colored. I used the smaller, yellow mangoes, not the red and green ones for this. The salsa has tangy, sweet, and sour flavor. Plus it's really pretty!

Chicken Ingredients:

-1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced up
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. rum
- 2 Tbsp. vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1.2 tsp. pepper
3-4 chicken breasts

Combine all of the ingredients (minus the chicken, of course) in a food processor until smooth.


Pour into a large zip-lock bag with chicken, and squash it all around. Let it marinate for several hours--overnight even. The longer you marinate, the better the flavor!

To cook, preheat your grill and then set the heat to medium. Place on your chicken and let cook on each side for approximately 6-8 minutes.

Mango Salsa Ingredients:

- 2 mangoes, peeled and diced
- 1/2 red onion, finely diced
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1/4 tsp. salt

Combine, let sit for 10 minutes. Serve everything together! Super easy, right?

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