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Jerk Chicken & Plantain Kabobs Recipe

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

I remember the first time I had jerk chicken – I was actually in Bermuda. I found a small restaurant that was owned and operated by Jamaicans. The first thing I tasted was something I’d describe as “sweet peppered flavor,” and then moments later – heat! I’m not a huge fan of heat in recipes because I tend to savor each bite and for me, that’s hard to do when your tongue is on fire.  But a little heat in recipes is definitely ok.

I’ve created and recreated my own jerk rub so many times that I think I finally found a spice formula that works.  It’s not only good for chicken or beef, but also fresh vegetables and tofu. Add heat according to your liking and preferences.

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Jerk Chicken & Plantain Kabob

Ingredients

Ingredients for 5 kabobs:

  • 1 1/4 lb (20oz) raw chicken breasts, cut into chunks for kabobs
  • 2 ripe plantains, cut into chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons jerk chicken rub (see recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • Garnish
    • fresh cilantro or green onion
Steps
  1. Chop up the chicken, plantain and bell peppers into small chunks for the kabobs.
  2. To a sealable bag, add the chicken pieces, olive oil, jerk rub and smoked paprika.  Remove the air from the bag and seal.  Marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Assemble the kabobs, adding bell pepper, plantain and chicken.  Repeat.
  4. Place the kabobs on a grill (or in the oven) with a temperature at least 275F.  Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.  Ensure the outside is seared and the meat is white when cut.
  5. Garnish with cilantro or green onion and enjoy!

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Calories
287
Protein
27g
Fat
9g
Carbs
27g
Sodium
-
Fiber
1g
Sugar
14g
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Jerk Rub Seasoning

Ingredients

Ingredients for about 6 tablespoons:

  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne (or more/less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

 

Steps

Add the ingredients to a small bowl or jar and mix.

Store in an airtight container or jar.

Calories
13
Protein
0g
Fat
0g
Carbs
3g
Sodium
Fiber
.5g
Sugar
2g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.