Some like it hot. If you do, this recipe for Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken is for you. Perfectly grilled chicken topped with a spicy and savory glaze. Take your taste buds to the island, without ever leaving your home!
We wanted the experience of an authentic recipe for Jamaican Jerk Chicken because we do like hot stuff. Sadly, we couldn’t find scotch bonnet peppers, but I’m pretty sure habaneros are about as close as you can get to a scotch bonnet since they’re rated the same on the Scoville scale. I don’t know why we can always find habaneros around here, but never scotch bonnets because I’d like to know how different the flavors are. I do like habaneros, although they must be cut up as tiny as you can get them; they don’t hit you all at once, they kind of sneak up a couple seconds later.
We first learned about Jamaican food from watching Chopped on Food Network. One of my all time favorites to watch was Chef Madison Cowan, who was once homeless, but never forgot his mother’s influence on his culinary skills and left everyone in tears after his win on “Chopped Champions”.
Amazingly, I found a ghost pepper plant across town in the spring and can’t believe how big it’s gotten. It looks like the size of a bush, it’s about 3 ft x 3 ft around. We’ll be making some salsa with these peppers when they get ripe, but I’m sure we’ll only need a few. I don’t know what we’re going to do with the rest of the peppers though, with how many this plant is putting out (we will most likely have dozens of them). Unless we figure out how to make homemade pepper spray.
So back to when I was searching for an authentic Jamaican recipe. I found this Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken recipe on the AARP site of all places. We love exploring at our Global Market across town and found the bottles of Sof Drink Kola Champagne, so we could have the whole experience without the cost of traveling to Jamaica, which I would love to do, but it’s just not in our foreseeable budget.
If you think this might be much too hot for your palate, a substitute pepper that isn’t too hot would be a Serrano, or possibly a Jalapeno.
Looking for another Jamaican recipe to try out? One of our favorites is this Jamaican Pork Tenderloin with Mango Habanero Salsa.
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