Jerk Chicken…The Cheater’s Way

by Her Happy Balance on December 29, 2012

Let’s be honest here, sometimes there are times when you just want to take the easy way out. But let’s not call it the easy way, that doesn’t sound all that great, let’s just call it simple. And if we’re being completely honest, this is simply delicious and you can totally pass it off as 100% homemade 😉 I bring to you, my version of jerk chicken:

Cheater’s Jerk Chicken:

1/2 Bottle of Lawry’s Caribbean Jerk Marinade (the cheating part)

2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 Large green bell pepper

1 Medium sweet onion

1 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp thyme (I used dried, but fresh would be awesome)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 Small bunch of cilantro

A sprinkle of nutmeg

A sprinkle of dried red pepper flakes

A few cloves

Salt and pepper to taste

Butterfly your chicken breasts and place them in a plastic zip lock bag.  Add enough of your marinade to cover them and let them sit in the fridge for an hour or so soaking up all the delicious juice. This hour waiting time would be a great time to hit up the gym or get some errands done while the meat marinades…just sayin’. Then, remove the chicken pieces and place them on the bottom of an ungreased baking pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add your garlic. Chop the green pepper and onion into 1 inch pieces and add to the pan. Next, generously drizzle more of your marinade over the pan to coat the peppers and onions (this helps to keep them from drying out while the chicken bakes). Then add your cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, red peppers flakes and thyme to the chicken/veggie concoction. Cover the baking dish with tin foil and place in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for approximately 20 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. I like to garnish the chicken with cilantro to give it a nice fresh taste.

See, it’s nice and easy! Just put it all in a pan and bake…my kind of meal!

For those of you wondering about the marinade stats, her you go:

Sodium is pretty high unfortunately...

Sodium is pretty high unfortunately…so make sure to hydrate!

And if you’re not a meat eater, you could certainly substitute in shrimp or a tasty white fish like halibut. This marinade and spice mixture also works really well when roasting vegetables.

I ended up serving the chicken with a yellow Spanish rice, but you could serve it with an avocado salad or a side of lentils to be slightly healthier.

You could always add some red bell pepper to add some more color too!

You could always add some red bell pepper to give it some more color too!

*All thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not compensated for any products*

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Running In Heels December 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Looks great! I love jerk chicken 🙂

Her Happy Balance December 31, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thanks, lady 🙂 Me too!

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