Jerk Chicken, Rice ‘n’ Peas

Firstly you’ll need a Nutribullet type blender in order to make the jerk paste quickly and easily.

For 4 pieces of chicken, thighs drumsticks or a mix put the following into the blender (for 8 pieces of chicken just double everything, for 12 pieces use triple etc.)

  • 3 chopped spring onions
  • chopped knob of peeled root ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet chilli, chopped
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Blend everything into a paste.  Do not add any water!

Slash the chicken pieces a couple of times and then rub the paste into them very thoroughly and leave for several hours.  Finally cook in the oven at 180C for 45 mins.

To make the rice and peas put the following into a saucepan

  • 250g basmati rice
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 or 4 sliced spring onions
  • 300ml water
  • salt

Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, then add a drained and rinsed tin of kidney beans.  Stir the beans in and then turn off the heat and leave covered for 10 minutes.