A one-pot meal that brings some serious flavor!
Let’s get this out of the way right away: Authentic jerk chicken is almost impossible to replicate at home. It involves a very specific kind of grill and wood and is just one of those things. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t pay homage to the delicious traditionally Jamaican dish by bringing the flavors into the kitchen for a much quicker and more realistic one-pot chicken and rice dish!
Since we are taking some necessary shortcuts on the cooking, let’s not take shortcuts on the rub. I like to use fresh, real herbs and aromatics for my jerk rub. This means fresh peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, thyme, and limes.
When dealing with the spicy peppers, remember to remove the seeds and stem and wash your hands well after you are done!
Add these things to a small food processor along with allspice, nutmeg, sugar, and salt and process it until it’s in a coarse paste.
Combine that spicy paste with the soy sauce and oil in medium bowl and coat the chicken well with the spice rub. Let this all marinate together for at least 30 minutes but overnight would be ideal.
When you’re ready to cook, add the chicken to a large high-walled skillet over medium-high heat and brown the chicken on all sides for 7-8 minutes. The goal here isn’t to cook the chicken completely, but just give it some color.
Then remove the chicken pieces and add the onion. Use the onion to scrape up any bits stuck to the pan. Then add the rice (rinse it first with cold water) and chicken stock. Stir that all together and bring the mixture to simmer.
Nestle the chicken pieces back in the skillet along with a few bay leaves. Turn the heat down to low, cover the skillet with a lid, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the rice is cooked.
Check the skillet occasionally and if it seems really dry, add more stock.
Serve the finished chicken and rice dish with fresh scallions. It’s just spicy enough to wake up your taste buds and it’s all in one pot so clean up is easy!
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