Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs

April 29, 2012 · 8 comments

in chicken/poultry,healthy,quick and easy

 

There are some nights I’m especially excited about dinner, and the night we ate this meal was one of them. I’d mixed up the marinade early that morning, and I knew the whole family would love it (anything fairly heavy on allspice is definitely a favorite around these parts). Plus, we got to eat our first green beans of the season, and plantains, which I adore. I sliced the plantains and dusted them with chili powder, cumin, and brown sugar, then cooked them in a skillet with a little canola oil until they became nice and caramelized. Yum. (Had I not realized after taking 3 pictures of the chicken that my memory stick was full, I would have blogged the plantains, too.)

So, back to the chicken. It’s no secret that I adore chicken thighs, so I won’t blather on about that. I will go on about the marinade, which could not be simpler and probably utilizes things you already have on hand. It’s actually not meant to be a marinade in the original recipe, but I knew that letting the chicken sit in all these fabulous flavors all day could only make this more delicious.

The chicken has a little bit of heat from the jalapeno and the cayenne, but it’s not overtly spicy in my opinion. The heat is balanced nicely by the honey and cider vinegar, which add a bit of sweetness. And there’s really not much I can say about allspice other than I love it in both sweet and savory dishes, and this one was no different. This chicken is quick, healthy, and incredibly flavorful. I can never really ask for anything more from a meal.

The chicken thighs can also be grilled. We don’t really have time to grill during the week, so I just cooked the chicken until it was slightly undercooked in a cast iron skillet, and then finished it up under the broiler. You can cook them entirely under the broiler without the addition of any extra oil. I often prefer to do this but I have a finicky broiler (top rack is too close to the element, second rack is too far = annoying), so I tend to not use it for as long a time period as I used to with my old one.

 

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Ann P. April 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

oh mah lawd this looks amazing. :) So great to be back in the states, catching up on all your yummy posts! This is first one that i saw coming back, and it looks SO deliciousss

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Joanne April 30, 2012 at 5:33 am

Allspice is one of the few spices I’ve never really been able to get into…maybe I’ve just never had it in the right context?

Any meal with plantains is a meal I KNOW I’m going to love!

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elly April 30, 2012 at 7:37 am

Between the mushrooms and the allspice, I’m starting to wonder about you… ;)

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Kim @ Just Baked April 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, the spices on these chicken thighs sound wonderful. I love the addition of honey, and it is from Cooking Light. I have to make this soon, so I am pinning it now so I don’t forget! :D

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Lia April 30, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Elly so funny about your broiler. I have the same issue! I thought it was just me, hehe. It also annoys me that most recipe don’t specify HI or LOW for the broiler setting. These are the problems I have as a city girl, haha.

Chicken looks delish!

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Courtney May 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank you for posting this fantastic recipe! I made it last night, and it became an immediate favorite of my husband and me. Instead of allspice, I used equal parts cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and black pepper. I cooked the chicken entirely on the stove top, but I can’t wait to refill the propane tank and try it on the grill. I think the marinade would work great with pork tenderloin, too.

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elly May 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

Happy to hear you liked it, Courtney! Trying the marinade on pork tenderloin is a great idea – I’ll have to try that next time!

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Rose May 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I too adore chicken thighs. This sounds like a great way to change up our usual dinner flavors. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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