We love the spiciness of Jamaican food and wanted to recreate the taste of the piquant island in Dabble’s kitchen.
The jerk seasoning can be made a day in advance. The chicken needs to marinate for at least four hours and can sit as long as overnight.
3 tbsp dark rum
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup malt vinegar
10 green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 Scotch bonnet chiles or habanero chiles with seeds, chopped
2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tsp ground allspice
4 tsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 3- to 3 1/2-pound chickens, halved lengthwise, rinsed, patted dry
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1. Boil rum and 2 tablespoons water in small saucepan for 3 minutes.
2. Transfer rum mixture to blender; add vinegar and next 12 ingredients and blend until almost smooth.
3. Transfer 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning to small bowl; mix in ketchup and soy sauce to make sauce. (Jerk seasoning and sauce can be made 1 day ahead; cover separately and refrigerate.)
4. Arrange chicken in large roasting pan or baking dish. Pour lime juice over; turn to coat. Spoon jerk seasoning over chicken and rub in. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours, turning occasionally. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)
5. Preheat oven to 350 °F or prepare barbecue (medium heat). Remove chicken from jerk seasoning marinade; sprinkle with salt and pepper. If roasting chicken in oven, arrange chicken, skin side up, on rimmed baking sheet.
6. Roast until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with fork, about 50 minutes. If grilling chicken, place chicken, skin side down, on grill rack, cover, and grill until chicken is cooked through, turning occasionally and adjusting heat if browning too quickly, about 50 minutes.
7. Cut each chicken half into pieces and serve with sauce.
Read the entire article ‘Eat Like a Jamaican’ in Issue 4 of Dabble.