Do you have those days when cooking is the last thing on your mind? You’re tired and a bit fed up but family demands food? Today’s recipe for my Cheat’s Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas (Beans) is perfect for one of those days. It’s an uncomplicated, home cooked meal with some easy shortcuts thrown in for good measure. And guess what? It delivers on flavour too and with a little bit of planning it can be on your table in under half an hour!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you know that I’m all for cooking from scratch most of the time but I do have those “really can’t be bothered” days too and need any help I can get. 🙂
This simple Cheat’s Jerk Chicken dinner is perfect for such days and keeps me happy knowing that my family had a wholesome and nutritious meal, even if with couple of lazy shortcuts on my part!
I’m using my favourite part of chicken here (chicken thighs) which I find so much more flavourful plus much more difficult to dry out as they cook! In order to ensure that your Jerk Chicken is really scrumptious and full of flavour, the thighs should be allowed to marinate for as long as possible. Preparing a marinade takes as little as 5 minutes and if you can do it before you leave for work in the morning or the night before and let it do its job while you are out, you will be on to a winner. However, if life gets in the way and you forget etc. even half an hour will be better than nothing.
As for the seasoning, I’ve used Schwartz Jamaican Jerk* seasoning but you can use any other brand of Jerk seasoning that you’ve got available. Even though it is a little spicy, my children were perfectly happy scoffing the chicken and even asking for more!
Another shortcut I’ve use here are the rice pouches which, I must admit, I use very rarely but ALWAYS have few in the cupboard for emergency situations. The ones I’ve used here were Tilda Caribbean Rice & Peas but you could easily substitute them with other rice pouches of your choice. If the rice you go for doesn’t contain any “peas” you can always mix in some kidney beans for that “rice and peas” effect.
As for the best accompaniment to this meal, I cannot recommend my Creamy Summer Coleslaw enough! Its crunch and mild creaminess is perfect against slight spiciness of the chicken. Might be not authentic but to me it’s marriage made in heaven.
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Cheat's Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas (Beans)
- 500 g chicken thighs skinless & boneless
- 3 250g pouches of ready Tilda Caribbean Rice & Peas or similar
- spring onions to garnish
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp (and an extra shake) Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend or similar
- 3 Tbsp Rapeseed oil
- 2 spring onions thinly sliced
- Put all your marinade ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Put chicken thighs in with the marinade and mix well ensuring that they are really well covered. Cover the bowl and put in a fridge for minimum 2 hours but preferably overnight.
- Heat up the griddle pan and cook each thigh approx 8-10 min on each side until cooked through and beautifully charred.
- Served with pouches of ready Carribean Rice & Peas (Beans) or similar sprinkled generously with spring onions and squeeze of lime.
- The number of servings per ready rice pouch is 2 which is never enough in our household. We tend to use 3 pouches for 2 adults and 2 children.
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