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Jamaica is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. Once it was a Spanish island known as Santiago, before coming into British rule and being renamed to Jamaica, which means Land of Wood and Water in the traditional native language of Arawakan. and is spelled Xaymaca.

Jamaica is home to just under 3 million inhabitants and it’s capital, Kingston, is also it’s largest city with about a 3rd of the population living there.

Some facts about Jamaica include:

  • Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean.
  • It was the first Caribbean country to gain it’s independence.
  • Jamaica was the first tropical country to enter the Winter Olympics, with it’s now-famous bobsled team in 1988.
  • Apart from the US, Jamaica has the most World and Olympic Medals.
  • Jamaica is a major exporter of Rum and Plantains.
  • It is home to the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt.
  • Jamaica is one of only two countries in the world (The other is Libya) who do not have red, white or blue in their flag.

The Recipe:

IMG_0303Today we are going to making a traditional Jamaican jerk chicken recipe.”Jerking” is a native Jamaican method of spicing and slowly cooking meat to preserve the juices and produce a unique, spicy flavor. This recipe is easy to make but requires some marinading time…so prepare this dish the day before you plan on making it. In addition to the chicken, we are serving this with a side of fried plantains, which are used in many countries as an alternative to traditional starches such as potatoes or rice.

Ingredients: (serves 2-4)

  • 1 pound skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

Method: 1 hour (24 prep time)

1st, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken into a blender or food processer and blend to a paste.

Pour all of these ingredients into a shallow dish with cover or a large ziplock bag and and the chicken. Coat all sides of the chicken and then place in the refridgerator overnight.

The next day, remove the chicken from the marinade when you are ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

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Heat up the marinade in a small saucepan and then use to baste the chicken as it cooks.

While this is baking, cut up 2 plantains into 1/2″ pieces.

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Heat up oil in a large frypan or wok and then fry the plantains until brown and soft.

Remove the chicken from the oven and serve with the side of plantains. ENJOY

Credits:

this recipe was taken from the website Food In Every Country.

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