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Jerk Chicken Thighs
with mashed sweet potatoes / tomato and cucumber salsa

Active: 35 min Total: 1 hr 5 min
A version of this meal was first featured in 2015 and the spice mix for the chicken gets great reviews each time we repeat it. This time we're using a fresh salsa to top the hearty chicken and mashed sweet potatoes.


Jerk Chicken Thighs:
  • Jerk or Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1 , sliced, seeded if you want less heat
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Limes - 1/2 , wedges
Mashed Coconut Sweet Potatoes:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb , 1" / 2.5cm cubes
  • Coconut milk, light - 1/4 cup
Tomato and Cucumber Salsa:
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups , halved
  • Cucumbers - 12 oz , diced
  • Cilantro - 4 sprigs , chopped
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 tsp


  1. Marinate chicken - Mix together jerk seasoning, honey, cinnamon, aminos, vinegar, and cooking oil. Slice jalapenos and add to marinade. Toss marinade with chicken and tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Sweet potatoes - Peel and chop into 1" / 2.5 cm cubes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Limes - Slice into wedges. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Cucumbers / Cilantro - Prepare as directed and combine.

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  1. Place sweet potatoes into a stock pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer until you can easily insert a knife through the potatoes, ~6 to 10 minutes. When sweet potatoes are done, drain and let steam for ~5 minutes so some of the moisture evaporates.
  2. Mash sweet potatoes with coconut milk, starting with less and adding more as needed. Season to taste with some salt.
  3. While sweet potatoes are cooking, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brush some oil over skillet and then add chicken. Sear for ~3 minutes, flip and lower heat to medium. Cover with a lid and cook for another 3 minutes or until chicken is done (165F or 74C).
  4. Toss tomatoes, cucumbers, and cilantro with vinegar, and olive oil.
  5. Serve chicken with mashed sweet potatoes and lime wedges. Enjoy salsa over top!



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