Buttermilk Jerk Chicken, Plantain and Pineapple Salsa.

This recipe is quite a mouthful, but making it is easy breezy and sitting down to enjoy it is the ultimate pleasure.

It is a perfect weekend meal as you sit down to catch up with our loved ones over a delicious meal.

All you need is :-

  • 4 firm yellow plantains.
  • Chicken legs / quarters, one per person.
  • I cup buttermilk.
  • 3 tbsp jamaican jerk seasoning paste.
  • For the salsa, half a ripe pineapple, one onion, one green pepper, some chopped mint and coriander (one tbsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice, a pinch of dried mint, salt and pepper.

Method.

Mix your buttermilk and the jerk seasoning together.

This is the brand I used. It has some kick and salty too so be careful not to oversalt your dish.

Clean your chicken and pat dry, then slice it as below image.

Keep the skin on as it will crisp up beautifully when cooking and add to the flavour.
Rub the seasoning all over the chicken, and keep it in a covered dish, marinate for 4 hours, but preferably overnight in the refrigerator.
Heat your grill pan until really hot, add the chicken pieces skin down, let them sear a bit undisturbed then flip.
Once you turn, sear the bottom and once browned, lower heat the let the chicken cook for about 30 minutes till done.

As the chicken cooks, you can get started on your pineapple salsa.

Dice your pineapple, onion and pepper as well as the coriander and mint and add to a bowl.

In a small bowl, add a tsp of dried mint, a tbsp of honey and juice of one large lemon and mix well. This will be your dressing for the salad.
Pour the dressing on the chopped fruit and vegetables. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate till ready to serve.

Peel, slice and pan fry your plantain.

Once the chicken is ready, plate and dig in!

I served mine with some leftover lemon rice that matched the flavours of the other dishes quite well.

The heat of the jerk is just right and the spice is all over every taste bite. The buttermilk tempers the heat a bit but also ensures the chicken is moist all the way through. The plantain and pineapple offer contrasting sweetness, the onions and peppers offer crunch and the mint a cooling effect.

Your tastebuds will be dancing each time you take a bite.

Colours, flavours, aromas are all there.

Definitely worth a try!

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