Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Greens

Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Greens

Ready in 30 minutesServes 2-3
This dish most recently appeared in My Classic For Two Bag on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Alternatively, cook chicken on BBQ hotplate or grill for about 3 minutes each side (depending on thickness), until cooked through. Asparagus and courgette could also be cooked on the hot plate for about 2 minutes, until tender.


Coconut Rice

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ can coconut milk (shake well before opening)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 125g frozen peas
  • 1 carrot, peeled

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

  • 300g chicken thighs
  • 1-2 tablespoons jerk marinade


  • 1 courgette
  • ½ bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed


  1. Bring a small pot of salted water to the boil. Preheat BBQ grill or hot plate to medium-high (if using). Combine all rice, water, coconut milk and salt in a pot and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, stir, cover with a tight-fitting lid and reduce to lowest heat to cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and leave to steam, still covered, for a further 10 minutes. Do not lift lid during cooking.
  2. While rice cooks, pat chicken dry with paper towels and cut into 2-3 pieces. Season with salt and place in a shallow bowl with jerk marinade. Toss well to coat and set aside to marinate for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While chicken marinates, cook peas in pot of boiling water for about 1 minute, until bright green and tender. Drain well and set aside. Thinly slice courgette; cut asparagus spears in half widthways, then in half lengthways; grate carrot. Set all aside separately.
  4. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a medium fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side (depending on thickness), until caramelised and cooked through. Set aside, covered in foil, for about 5 minutes. Wipe out pan and return to a medium heat with a drizzle of oil.
  5. Cook courgette and asparagus for about 2 minutes, until bright green and tender. Season to taste. Once rice has finished steaming, fold through peas and carrot.
  6. To serve, spoon coconut rice into bowls and top with greens and Jamaican jerk chicken.

Nutritional Information

Energy 2560 kj
612 kcal
Protein 26.4g
Carbohydrate 62.3g
Fat 28.1g