One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice


Ingredients
¼ cup canola oil
2-garlic clove, minced
½ medium onion, diced
1½ -2 teaspoons creole spice(adjust to taste with salt)
2 small bay leaves
2 cups uncooked long grain rice
1 sprig fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
13.5 oz. can (1¾ cups) coconut milk
15.5 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon white ground white pepper
Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2½ cups chicken broth or water
1-teaspoon chicken bouillon (optional)
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
1 teaspoons paprika (optional)

Jerk Chicken Thighs:
2½ -3 pound chicken thighs (about 5-6)
1½ -teaspoon salt
½-teaspoon chicken bouillon powder (optional)
2 Tablespoons Jerk Seasoning(Homemade here)

Instructions
  1. Jerk Chicken Thighs
  2. Wash chicken thighs, for faster cooking make a ½ " slit into chicken thigh meat on either side of the chicken wipe with a paper towel. Season with salt( about 1½ teaspoons)
  3. Rub both sides with generous amount of the spice blend. Or your favorite spice mix
  4. Place chicken skin side up in a skillet / Dutch oven or oven safe pot/pan for about 3 minutes each, be very careful with the chicken, it shouldn’t burn. Remove from the pan and set aside
  5. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F
  6. Meanwhile place t rice into a large bowl, cover with cold water and use your hands to wash the grains. Tip the water out then repeat twice until the water runs clear.
  7. Wipe pan with paper towel or napkin to remove any burns from pan.
  8. Add about 2 Tablespoons oil, followed by onions, thyme, garlic and sauté until soft but not golden, about 2-3 minutes. Then add rice, beans
  9. And all the remaining ingredients, Chicken stock,Coconut milk, paprika, white pepper, salt and bouillon. Add chicken, bring to a boil.
  10. Place in the oven and cook for about 30- 35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  11. Remove let it cool and serve.


Original Recipes: One Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken & Rice @ africanbites.com

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