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Jerk Chicken Thighs
with coconut rice and beans / tomato cucumber salsa

Active: 35 min Total: 1 hr 5 min

This meal is quickly becoming a Cook Smarts classic. The comforting, fresh, and spicy flavors make this a combination that we are always excited to bring back. It was last featured in 2018.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Jerk Chicken Thighs:
  • Jalapenos - 1, sliced; seeded if you want less heat
  • Jerk or Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 lb
  • Limes - 1/2, wedges
Coconut Rice and Beans:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger (opt) - 1 tsp, grated
  • Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Coconut milk, light - 3/4 cup
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Rice, long-grain, uncooked - 1 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
Tomato and Cucumber Salsa:
  • Onions, medium red - 1/4, diced
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups, halved
  • Cucumbers - 12 oz, diced
  • Cilantro - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic / Ginger / Jalapenos / Onions - Prep as directed. Combine garlic and ginger. Store jalapenos and onions in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate chicken - Combine jalapenos, Jerk seasoning, brown sugar, cinnamon, soy sauce, vinegar, and cooking oil. Add chicken to marinade and turn to coat. Tenderize chicken with a fork. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Limes - Slice into wedges. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Tomatoes / Cucumbers / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pour in coconut milk, garlic, ginger, and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and then add rice, stock, and salt. Cover and bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until rice has absorbed all of the liquid.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade). Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. While rice is cooking, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brush some oil over skillet and add chicken. Sear chicken for 3 minutes, turn over, and lower heat to medium. Cover with a lid and continue cooking for another 3 minutes (until chicken reaches 165F / 74C).
  4. Toss tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and cilantro with vinegar and olive oil.
  5. Remove and discard bay leaves from rice. Fold in beans.
  6. Serve chicken with lime wedges. Enjoy rice and beans and salsa on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (64)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (6)

41 reviews

Loved this! The chicken was a little spicy for the toddlers but my husband was a big fan. We loved both sides.

By: Lindsey
Posted: Jun 13, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Flavorful and easy. Made the rice in a rice cooker and roasted the tomatoes in the oven. Skipped cucumbers.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jun 13, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This just did not taste good. Not sure if I did something wrong or if it wasn't our flavor but my husband and I both threw this dinner out.

By: Sarah
Posted: Jun 11, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Solid meal but not extraordinary.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jun 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Saved time by skipping the marinade. It still came out very good!

By: Allison
Posted: Jun 11, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This is one of those meals I would have never tried if it weren't for Cooksmarts. Now it's one of my favorites.... LOVE!

By: Audra
Posted: Jun 11, 2019
Diet: Original
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