Cooking is an art and creating delicious Jamaican dishes is no exception. Allowing the imagination to run free is probable the best skill a cook will have in his or her armory.
Honey Jerk chicken is a favorite of mine. It was created out of curiosity to see how well the pungent taste of spicy jerk covered with the sweet taste of honey would compliment chicken baked to perfection. To be modest, I think that I came up with something special and I want you to try it. Not every time cooking a recipe will turn out perfectly at first because we all see and taste differently. However, by adjusting and tweaking one could perfect his or her method easily. So I implore you to constantly try new things and keep adjusting it until you hit the spot. Cooking this honey jerk chicken is a bit time consuming but worth the while. Impress your friends and family with something that will excite their taste buds like never before.
1 whole chicken cut in halves or quarters
3 table spoon Jerk Seasoning (Walkers Wood)
1 tsp powder chicken or meat seasoning (Adobo will work)
A pinch of salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 oz honey
4 tbsp ketchup
1 Cut chicken in halves or quarters or as you prefer.
2 Clean and wash chicken with vinegar or lime juice.
3 Add the jerk, meat salt and black pepper rub evenly over the chicken
4 Cover and leave to marinate for at least 2 hours but overnight in the refrigerator is the best.
Add chicken to a baking tin cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until cook through at 250 degrees. Remove from the oven open and inspect for tenderness as well as tasting the natural sauce to see if it is tasty enough. Once you are satisfied then it is time to give your chicken some rich color. Mix ketchup and honey brush liberally over the chicken.
Switch oven to broiler if possible and place chicken in the oven once more.
If adequate natural juice is not present in the baking tin then add some water and a tsp of the jerk season and mix well.
Keep brushing the honey as well as with a long spoon every five minutes pure some of the natural juices over the chicken until you are satisfied with the color.
Turn chicken follow the same process by brushing the honey first, allow some baking time then pour natural juice over it. ENJOY!!!
Honey Jerk Chicken
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