Cha Cha Cha Jerk Chicken
Recipe type: Poultry
Serves: 6
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes; or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Cups orange juice
  • 2 Cups pineapple juice
  • 6 boneless chicken breasts (to 8)
  1. Note: Read the instructions carefully before you begin so you don't run the risk of finishing the recipe before the twice-heated chicken is fully cooked.
  2. In a bowl large enough to hold marinade and chicken pieces, combine allspice, salt, chili powder, black pepper, thyme, garlic, pepper flakes, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric, curry powder, ginger, coriander, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and orange and pineapple juices. Mix well. Add chicken breasts, turning to coat with marinade. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 24 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and grill over medium heat until partially cooked, about 4 minutes a side. Remove from heat (jerk chicken is cooked twice). Let cool a few minutes, then cut each breast lengthwise into two pieces.
  4. Use brush to apply more marinade to each piece, then cook over low heat until chicken is done, 4 to 5 minutes, brushing frequently with marinade to keep moist.
  5. At the restaurant, jerk chicken is served with a watercress salad and mashed yams or black beans.
This recipe yields 6 servings.

Each serving: 309 calories; 584 mg sodium; 109 mg cholesterol; 16 grams fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 36 grams protein; 0.58 gram fiber.

NOTES: Recipe from Norma Laine of Cha Cha Cha restaurant in Long Beach
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