Spicy Jerk Chicken

Spicy Jerk Chicken


  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered (about 1/2 pound)
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 8 chicken thighs, skinned (about 3 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 (15.75-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup Pickapeppa sauce, optional
  • 4 lime wedges


Combine first 5 ingredients (thyme through chiles) in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Remove 1/4 cup of the chile mixture and set aside. Add lime juice to food processor; process until smooth.

Arrange chicken in a large shallow dish. Spread lime juice mixture over chicken. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours.

Preheat broiler.

Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 15 minutes on each side or until done.

While chicken broils, prepare rice mixture. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add reserved 1/4 cup chile mixture; saute 2 minutes. Stir in rice. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in sweet potato; cook 10 minutes. Stir in beans; cook 3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Drizzle with Pickapeppa sauce, if desired. Garnish with lime wedges.

Note: Made from cane vinegar aged in oak barrels, Pickapeppa sauce is a sweet and sour, mild hot-pepper sauce from Jamaica.

  • Yield: serves 4 (serving size: 2 chicken thighs, 1 1/3 cups rice mixture, and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 468
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 15%
Fat per serving: 8.1g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.8g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3.4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.7g
Protein per serving: 37.3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 63.1g
Fiber per serving: 8.1g
Cholesterol per serving: 121mg
Iron per serving: 3.9mg
Sodium per serving: 731mg
Calcium per serving: 96mg