Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My jerk style chicken.....

I hate throwing out food, especially food that I have lovingly prepared in the kitchen in anticipation of a lovely meal around the table. It's hard to please everyone and more often than not it's chicken that features on the menu as I know it will be eaten. It's nice to liven it up with a marinade or a rub and this one proved very popular chez Ryan yesterday! You can leave it overnight for the flavours to develop further but anything from 30 minutes upwards will do the trick. Don't be put off by the list of ingredients as I bet you will have most of them lurking in your kitchen press......

For a large chicken or 4 large chicken breasts you will need;

1 red chilli
1 shallot
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp ground cloves
1tsp all spice
1tsp ground ginger
1 lemon, juice only
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
2tbsp honey
3tbsp rapeseed oil

Whizz all the ingredients together to form a smooth marinade.
Massage into the uncooked chicken before placing in a preheated oven.
Cook the chicken for at least an hour obviously depending on its weight.
Transfer to a serving dish and tear over some fresh coriander leaves.
Serve, share, enjoy!

I came across a frightening statistic today that 90% of the chicken in Irish restaurants is not sourced from Ireland or even the EU! I for one never ask where the poultry is sourced from when in a restaurant but next time I will. Nothing is going to change if consumers remain nonchalant about these issues. Ask your butcher as well where is their meat sourced, you may get a surprise!

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