Jerk chicken with pomegranate rice: RECIPE

Jerk chicken with pomegranate rice.

For the jerk chicken
4 part-boned chicken breasts, skin on (substitute boneless chicken breasts if part-boned are not available)
½ large onion, roughly chopped
2 scotch bonnet chillies, roughly chopped
40g/1½oz ginger, peeled and chopped roughly
125ml/4½fl oz malt vinegar
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp cracked black pepper
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
For the rice
200g/7oz basmati rice
1 pomegranate, seeds only
1 small bunch chervil leaves
4 tbsp chives, roughly chopped
50g/2oz frisée lettuce, roughly chopped
1 lime, zest and juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
To serve
2 limes, cut into wedges

Jerk chicken

For the jerk chicken, using a sharp knife, make deep cuts into the chicken flesh and place into a bowl.

Place the remaining jerk chicken ingredients into a food processor and blend to a purée. Pour the marinade over the chicken and turn to coat all the pieces. Place into the fridge for at least four hours, but preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Add the chicken pieces and sear for 2-3 minutes on each side, then place onto a baking tray.

Spoon the remaining marinade over the chicken and transfer to the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked through. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.

For the rice, place the rice into a saucepan with 400ml/14fl oz of cold water. Cover with a lid and place over a high heat. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently until all of the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender (about 10-15 minutes). Turn off the heat and leave to steam for 5-6 minutes.

Place the rice into a bowl and add all the remaining rice ingredients and mix well to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

To serve, spoon a little of the rice onto each plate and top with a piece of jerk chicken. Garnish with a couple of wedges of lime.


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