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Mar 4, 2007 06:21 PM

What to serve with Jerk Chicken

What are some favourite side dishes to serve with Jerk chicken. Also do you make your own jerk or do you buy it in a jar? What is a favourite brand or recipe?

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  1. I usually just buy it, my favourite sides are rice and peas with oxtail gravy and some fried plantains.

    1. I would go with Rice and Peas and Fried Plantains(Maduros) as well.

      1. I like black beans rather than peas. And yes to the plantains.

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        1. re: mojoeater

          I think that the rice and "peas" referred to in Jamaican cooking IS black beans rather than peas. If it's not black beans, it's a another kind of small bean.

          1. re: ballulah

            I always thought it was Pidgeon Peas(which is actually a bean I think) that was in Rice and Peas but I may very well be wrong. I have never been to Jamaica.

            1. re: King of Northern Blvd

              That actually sounds right. I think that pidgeon peas may be hard to come by, and I've seen black beans used in rice and peas. I guess the salient point is that the peas in "rice and peas" aren't really peas as most people know them. haha.

              1. re: King of Northern Blvd

                The Pigeon peas are also called Gungo peas.Small Kidney beans are also commonly used in addition to the Gungos or alone.

          2. If you have access to a grill at this time of year, that's the best way to cook the chicken after marinating overnight in this Sara Moulton recipe, the closest I've tasted to what we've had on Jamaican beaches the few times we were there. If you are able to find the habaneros or scotch bonnet peppers fresh, BE CAREFUL handling them and I would advise you wear gloves because the oils are fiercely hot if you rub your eyes afterwards! Recipe link below and I agree with above recommendations to have rice & peas with it:


            1. In a pinch (like during the middle of the week), I use store-bought Walker's Jerk Marinade. Its fine and hot and spicy. I add my own dried seasoning to the meat as well. Works well enough if time is short.

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              1. re: Ora

                I bought a jar of Walkerswood (I'm assuming same brand as yours) after some people have touted it on this board. I am anxious to try it but I keep forgetting it's buried in my cupboard. I guess once Spring rolls around I will try...

                1. re: King of Northern Blvd

                  Walkerswood is excellent jerk marinade. Great seasoning and great spice. I've used it for pork and chicken. An overnight marinade and then grilled in a cast iron grill pan and finished in the oven (I live in NYC and don't have a real grill).

                  If you want to go all out, I'd serve it with some festival (a sweetish breadstick) and some potatoes... the way they do it at Scotchies in Mo Bay.

                  1. re: ESNY

                    On my way home from Jamaica I picked up a bottle of Walkerswood jerk marinade hoping it would be similar to the local offerings. I was severly disappointed with the chicken wings I marinaded overnight, the wings were bland with no spice at all. I am picking up some of the Penzeys jerk spice this week when I go to the Arlington store.