Recipe: Jerk Spatchcock Chicken

JERK SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN

This recipe gives you three excellent guides. The first- how to spatchcock a chicken. The second- how to turn that chicken into the most delicious, succulent jerk flavoured dinner. And third- how to serve it with rice and peas! After a quick prep all you need to do is bang it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. So easy peasy lemon squeezy. A great mid week recipe.

Ingredients

For The Chicken

  • 1 medium chicken (1.5-1.7kg)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

For The Rice

  • 450 ml chicken stock
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 300 g white rice
  • 400 g tin of kidney beans, drained

To Serve

  • 1 fresh red chilli
Preheat the Oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Prepare the Rub

Step 2

Prepare The Rub

Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the chilli. Throw the jerk seasoning, allspice, honey, tomato purée, garlic, chilli and olive oil into a bowl and mix well.

Spatchcock the Chicken

Step 3

Spatchcock The Chicken

Lay out the chicken onto the chopping board, breast side down. Use a large knife or sharp pair of scissors to firmly cut down either side of the backbone, then pull it out at the remaining joint and away from the bird. Turn the bird over and you should now be able to flatten it on the board.

Jerk the Chicken

Step 4

Jerk The Chicken

Save 3 tablespoons of the jerk mix then run the rest all over and inside the chicken. Poke several holes in the meat with a skewer to help the flavour penetrate the bird as it cooks. Season the chicken with the zest of the limes (then save the limes), salt and pepper.

Start Cooking the Chicken

Step 5

Start Cooking The Chicken

Preheat a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the butter and let it melt and foam. Place the chicken into the pan, breast side down, and leave it to cook for a few minutes, until the skin is starting to blacken. Turn the chicken over and cook for another 10 minutes over a medium heat.

Cook the Rice and Chicken

Step 6

Cook The Rice And Chicken

Wash the rice under running water until it runs clear and scatter the rice and drained kidney beans into a deep baking dish. Pour over the chicken stock, coconut milk and the saved jerk mix then stir everything together. Put a wire rack over the top of the baking dish. Lay out the chicken over the wire rack so that the juices drip into the rice. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes to finish cooking the chicken and to let the rice absorb all of the liquid. Check the chicken is cooked by poking a skewer into the thickest part and making sure the juices run clear.

Rest and Serve

Step 7

Rest And Serve

Leave to rest for 15 minutes once cooked, then fluff up the rice with a fork and serve the two together. Quarter the lime and slice the red chilli to garnish and dig in! Serves 4

Comments

alicecup

This was delicious! We dont have jerk seasoning available in Australia, so I used this recipe for the jerk seasoning: http://www.marthastewart.com/345228/jerk-seasoning

dbrodeur8

Imperial conve4sions would be nice for those of us in the US. Our appliance manufacturers aren't smart enough to put those metric units into our ovens yet.

imsimplysam

Big up sorted food for this, was so good, getting me back into cooking

nikolaifrom

Re: other ways to work with chicken: Easiest crispy baked chicken wings: Marinade in yogurt and hot sauce (harissa, sriracha) for 2 hours-1 day Rinse off marinade, place wings on wire rack and pat dry. Season wings with black pepper and paprika, and place rack in a baking pan lined with foil for easier cleanup. Bake at 425 F for 45 minutes, serve with your favorite sauce. This technique gets you perfect results every time: crispy skin and juicy, tender meat that easily pulls off the bone. Thanks! -- Nikolai

Sorted

This recipe gives you three excellent guides. The first- how to spatchcock a chicken. The second- how to turn that chicken into the most delicious, succulent jerk flavoured dinner. And third- how to serve it with rice and peas! After a quick prep all you need to do is bang it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. So easy peasy lemon squeezy. A great mid week recipe.

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