Jamaican Me Crazy Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple

Kitchenclown loves, loves, loves the flavours that hang with this Caribbean specialty. I’ve paired it with grilled pineapple, because I thought they’d make great mates. Put on some Harry Belafonte or Bob Marley, while devouring this dish, and be transported to a tropical isle! If you’re not a lover of spicy food, and don’t want your socks blown off, just omit the cayenne and serrano chiles. It will still be scrumptious enough to blow your mind!!!!! Also, a terrific marinade for pork.

Ingredients for the jerk marinade and chicken:

1 tablespoon allspice

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage

3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons salt

6 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup orange juice

2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, finely diced

1 cup onion, finely diced

1/4 cup scallions, finely diced

12 chicken thighs

Directions: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.

Preheat a grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place the chicken on the grill, or grill pan. Cook over medium heat, turning and basting with the marinade, until thoroughly cooked. You can also broil it, or roast it, if a grill isn’t handy.

Ingredients for the pineapple:

1 pineapple

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

Cut the top off the pineapple and remove the skin. Slice into six even rounds. Smear a teaspoon of the butter- sugar mix onto each side of  the pineapple slices, and place on the grill. Cook until nicely caramelized and golden on each side. You may also use a cast iron skillet, or broiler.

Yield: 6 servings

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