Jerk chicken pineapple traybake

This four-step jerk chicken recipe is ideal for a quick weeknight dinner. The magic is in the spice rub and roasted pineapple.

Less than 1 hour

Serves 4-6

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Ingredients:

  • Tray of 6-8 chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 2 red onions, quartered
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Olive or canola oil, for coating 

 

Jerk spice rub:

  • 4-6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) each cayenne pepper and smoked paprika
  • Handful parsley, chopped
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • 1 tsp (5ml) each groundallspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli flakes and brown sugar
  • Juice (60ml) and grated peel of 2 limes + extra wedges for serving
  • Mango sambal, flatbreadsand lime wedges, for serving

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place chicken, onions and pineapple in a deep baking dish. Using your hands, cover with oil until well-coated.
  3. Combine spice rub ingredients and coat chicken.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked.
  5. Serve with mango sambal, flatbreads and lime wedges.

 

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“Jerk” refers to both the authentic style of cooking native to Jamaica and a hot and spicy dry rub or wet marinade used to make this style of meat.

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