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

Active: 35 minTotal: 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.


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
  • Tamari - 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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  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, Tamari, 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.


  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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This meal has 40 reviews

Really really yummy

By: Kristine
Posted: Aug 20, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved this. I didn't make the sweet potato mash. A quick and healthy meal!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jul 16, 2019
Diet: Paleo

I gave it 4stars because I only made the chicken. The taste was yummy and the process was easy!!

By: Barbara
Posted: Jul 06, 2019
Diet: Original

In my experience the chicken took a bit longer to cook, but the flavor was amazing! Rice was a little bland however I chose to put mine into a tortilla with the chicken and than covered all of it with the lime juice it was excellent.

By: Jessica
Posted: Jun 27, 2019
Diet: Original

Husband loved the potatoes but they weren’t for me; I’m not a sweet flavors kind of person. We both loved the salad and the chicken though!

By: Zach
Posted: Jun 20, 2019
Diet: Paleo

The rice and beans were a bit bland, probably because we used unsweetened and low sodium everything. Seasoned with some jerk seasoning and cinnamon and it was great!

By: Kathryn
Posted: Jun 19, 2019
Diet: Original