Jerk Chicken & Plantain Kabobs Recipe
Want to try some cuisine that originated from the Middle East? Look no further! For this low-carb Jamaican jerk chicken recipe won’t fail your cravings — as well as your special diets!
This recipe takes me back to the first time I had jerked chicken in a small restaurant owned by Jamaicans in Bermuda. It had this distinct sweet peppered flavor followed by a sensation of heat!
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods because I want to savor each bite and it’s hard to do when your tongue is on fire. But, a little kick of spiciness is just fine.
So now, I decided to recreate this Jamaican jerk chicken and came up with a spice formula — that perfectly works not only for chicken thighs or beef cuts, but as well as fresh vegetables and tofu! You can also adjust the heat according to your preference!
Traditionally, kebabs were made with mutton or lamb. But, may also consist of cut up roasted chicken, ground meat, fish, beef, or some vegetables. It’s usually skewered over fire, oven-cooked, or stewed.
To make this Jamaican jerk recipe, chop the ingredients into small chunks. Then, marinate the meat with the jerk rub. You can add brown sugar to add sweetness or even use scotch bonnets to make it more fiery. Assemble alternately the veggies and marinated meat on a skewer and grill. Garnish with fresh cilantro or green onion.
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Jerk Chicken & Plantain Kabob
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)
- fresh cilantro or green onion
Chop up the chicken, plantain and bell peppers into small chunks for the kabobs.
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.
Assemble the kabobs, adding bell pepper, plantain and chicken. Repeat.
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.
Garnish with cilantro or green onion and enjoy!
Jerk Rub Seasoning
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
Add the ingredients to a small bowl or jar and mix.
Store in an airtight container or jar.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, I'm Kevin
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.
By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!