Spicy Jamaican Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
Method to the Madness:
Preheat the oven to 180°C
First prepare your salsa. If using a fresh pineapple remove the skin & core. Cut the pineapple into cubes. (If using tinned pineapple, drain). Combine with remaining salsa ingredients and chill for around 30mins.
To make the marinade, put all ingredients except for the salt and lemon juice into a blender and process to a smooth paste. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.
Pop your chicken in a plastic bag, throw in 1 tbsp of jerk marinade per piece of chicken, and massage it through the meat. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Remove chicken from the bag and roast it in a grill dish for about 30 minutes, or until your chicken is nicely browned and thoroughly cooked. Ensure that the chicken meat does not sit in the juices released from the cooking, so that it gets an all-round crispiness — it’s just as easy to chuck it on the barbecue like they do back home in Jamaica.
To Serve: Use hot buttered naan or pita bread & a spoonful of pineapple salsa. Delicious!
6 chicken thighs, boned & skinless
2 cups fresh pineapple, finely diced
(or tinned diced pineapple)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
4 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
2 tbsp runny honey
1/2 tsp hot chilli sauce
2 tbsp lemon juice (or to taste)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 spring onions, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red chilli pepper, deseeded & chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup ground allspice
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice