Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spicy Jerk Chicken

This is a really delicious recipe and is also pretty healthy, which is a nice bonus. I like to make this with chicken drumsticks or bone in chicken pieces myself, as cooking it on the bone makes it more flavorful, but any cut of chicken will work.

6 green onions, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (or leave seeds in for more heat!)
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks (or thighs, breasts, etc)

In a food processor or blender, combine the green onions, onion, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Mix for about 15 seconds.

Place the chicken in a medium bowl, and coat with the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. Preheat grill for high heat. Lightly oil grill . Cook chicken on the prepared grill 6 to 8 minutes per side, until juices run clear.

Tips - This is definitely better if you marinate it overnight, but I've marinated it for as little as 30 minutes and it was still good! This marinade is also great on shrimp.

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