Description of the Meal: Jerk chicken or pork is a popular Caribbean dish that is made by marinating chicken or pork in a spicy jerk seasoning blend and then grilled or roasted until cooked through.
- 4 chicken legs or pork chops
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons of ground allspice
- 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1-2 habanero peppers, seeded and minced
- Salt to taste
- In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, dried thyme, ground allspice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper, ground cinnamon, and minced habanero peppers until well combined.
- Add the chicken legs or pork chops to the bowl and coat well with the marinade.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
- If grilling, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. If roasting, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Remove the chicken or pork from the marinade and shake off any excess. Discard the remaining marinade.
- If grilling, place the chicken or pork on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until fully cooked through.
- If roasting, place the chicken or pork on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked through.
- Serve hot with a side of rice and beans or plantains.
Jerk chicken or pork is a great source of protein and essential nutrients, such as Vitamin B12 and iron. However, the dish can be high in sodium due to the soy sauce and other seasonings, so it should be consumed in moderation.