Jerk-Inspired Chicken Bowls

Typically, jerk involves marinating meats in a spicy paste, but this recipe uses a dry rub that’s loads easier to make yet just as effective at delivering a taste of the Caribbean. Coconut rice and a rum pan sauce complete the island vibe.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoonn black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon habanero hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 16 ounce can black beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rum or apple juice
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, salt, thyme, cloves, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Set aside 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture. Sprinkle the remaining mixture over both sides of the chicken and set aside at room temperature for an hour or in the refrigerator for as long as overnight.
  2. If necessary, return the chicken to room temperature.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and hot sauce. Add more hot sauce to taste and set aside.
  4. In a medium Anolon Accolade Saucepan, cook the rice according to package directions, adding the reserved 1/2 teaspoon of spice mixture and substituting the coconut milk for 1/4 cup of the water. In a small saucepan, warm the beans in their liquid. Cover both saucepans to keep warm and set aside.
  5. In an Anolon Accolade Deep Skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cover to keep warm, and set aside.
  6. Return the skillet to high heat and add the rum or apple juice. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits in the skillet, until the liquid is reduced to a thin layer in the skillet, about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
  7. Arrange the rice in bowls. Use a slotted spoon to arrange the beans on top. Add the mango, coconut flakes, and scallions. Slice the chicken and arrange it on the bowls. Spoon the sauce in the skillet over the chicken. Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the entire bowl, garnish with the cilantro, and serve.