Jerk Chicken and Zucchini Quinoa

This is one of my favorite chicken recipes if not my favorite. The first time I had jerk chicken was on the side of the rode in Jamaica when I was 17 and I never forgot about it after that. This is my take on jerk chicken using a dry rub. Traditionally you are supposed to use skin on chicken thighs but I just used skinless boneless chicken thighs. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains and a good switch up for a carb from sweet potatoes or rice during the week. Here is what you will need:

Quinoa:

  • 1/2 cup Quinoa {this will yield 2 cups cooked}
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 tbs olive oil

You will start by adding your olive oil and chopped white onion to your pot. Sauté onions until translucent.

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Then add your cubed zucchini and sauté for about 1 minute and add your rinsed quinoa. Stir this up again for about a minute and add the chicken broth.

 

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Cover on medium/low heat for 20 minutes. Do not touch! Leave the top on, no peaking.

Jerk Chicken:

  • 16 oz chicken thighs
  • 2 jalapeños {I usually use habanero but I had jalapeño on hand}
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp all spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cayenne {do not add this unless you like it really spicy}
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

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Now for the jerk chicken you will add the jalapeños, bay leaves, 1/2 tbsp thyme, and 2 tbsp water to a blender/nutribullet.

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Once that is blended into a paste you will add it to your bowl of chicken. On top of the chicken you will add 2 tbsp coconut oil and ALL of the above spices. With the exception of what you already added from the blender.

IMG_7718.JPGThen you will mix well with your hands and put in a gallon freezer bag overnight. You do not need to leave it overnight but let it set for at least 30 minutes.

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Once your chicken has marinated you will grill it up! Chicken thighs take about 5 minutes each side to cook through on the grill. IMG_7926.JPG

Now you’re ready to plate up! I added refried black beans on the side with green chiles and jalapeños. I did’t add the recipe for that because it is from a can, Annie’s organic refried black beans. I just doctor it up with the jalapeños and green chiles!

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ENJOY!

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