Jerk chicken with coconut rice and pineapple relish


  • Serves 4 people

  • 125 ml (½ cup) white wine vinegar
  • 125 ml (½ cup) dark soy sauce
  • 1 Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 5 spring onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 habanero chilli, seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 chicken (about 2kg), jointed
  • Coconut rice
  • 360 ml coconut milk
  • 200 gm long grain rice
  • 1 spring onion, bruised, plus extra, thinly sliced, to serve
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 habanero chilli
  • 200 gm drained canned red kidney beans, rinsed
  • Pineapple relish
  • ½ pineapple, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, or to taste
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped
  • To serve: coriander
01   For jerk chicken, process ingredients (except chicken) in a food processor until smooth. Combine with chicken in a non-reactive container, toss to coat, cover and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
02   Preheat a kettle barbecue or char-grill pan to medium and cook chicken, turning and basting occasionally with marinade, until cooked though (20-25 minutes), cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest (5-10 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, for coconut rice, bring coconut milk, rice, bruised spring onion, thyme, chilli and 150ml water to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cover with a tightly fitting lid, reduce heat to low and cook until almost cooked through (10-15 minutes). Add beans, cook until rice is tender (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat, stand until required, discard spring onion, thyme and chilli, then scatter with sliced spring onion just before serving.
04   Meanwhile, for pineapple relish, combine ingredients in a bowl. Just before serving, scatter with coriander. Serve with jerk chicken and coconut rice.

Note For the best flavour, cook the chicken in a kettle barbecue. Otherwise, you can use a char-grill pan. You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

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