In my book summer time means Jerk chicken time; ok so it means alot of other things too but Jerk chicken is obviously the most important. This weekend I travelled up north to my hometown in Lytham to spend the weekend with family and friends. My dad and my nephew were visiting friends in Italy so my mum, my sister, and my little niece Olivia and I took it upon ourselves to make this a girls weekend.
With the weather finally seeing sense we decided to light up the barbecue, drink lots of alcohol and fry ouselves under the sun like all good Brits should do!
1 whole organic chicken
- x1 lemon ( to clean the chicken)
- x2 tsp of allspice berries (If you can’t find allspice berries it’s fine to use just plain allspice seasoning)
- x 3 garlic cloves
- x6 spring onions
- x1 tsp of dried thyme
- x2 tsp ground cinnamon
- x1 tsp of grated nutmeg
- 1 1/2 sp of salt
- 2 tsp of black pepper
- 2 tsp of brown sugar
- x2 tsp of soya sauce
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 – 3 scoch bonnet peppers (These can be abit hard to find if you don’t have access to different ethnic food groups in our area. I suppose you could just use normal chillies although I’ve never tried this recipe with them myself I’m sure the chicken would still taste good.)
Ok so, mix all the above ingredients together…
The allspice berries look like black peppercorns when you buy them so make sure you grind them down in a pestle and mortar before you mix them in with the other ingredients.
For those of you who don’t know, scotch bonnet peppers are extra hot so if anyone ever pisses you off stick a couple of these in their underpants, no , no don’t I’m kidding! If you don’t like it extra spicy (wimp) you can remove the seeds in the middle so they’re not as fiery or maybe just add one instead of the three that I added.
Mix all your ingredients together then give it a quick blast wih a hand blender.
Now for your chicken, the butcher already spatchcocked the chicken ( cut it in half) for me so all I did was cut it again once I got home so I had four individual pieces. Make sure you clean your chicken by squeezing lemon juice all over it and massaging it all in to kill any bacteria.
Next with your chicken in a porcelain or glass bowl pour all of your jerk mix on top of your chicken and massage it all in. Then the most important part, cover your chicken with cling film and leave to marinate overnight or for at least 6 hours. Some people just leave it for an hour or so but you can really taste the difference if you leave the chicken to marinate for as long as possible.
Next day oh chicken I love you I do, I do, I doooooooooooooooo
Now for the barbecue, light it up and leave it to burn for at least half and hour you need to wait for the coals on top to turn white. Then you’re ready to pop on your chicken….
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the smallest f**king barbecue you have ever seen, look at this thing how am I supposed to work with this? Anyway moving on , do I look sexy in my apron? No.
The chicken should take between 40 minutes to an hour to cook. My chicken took about 5o minutes, I also kept popping the barbecue lid on and off if the flames got too high and also to let the smoke from the barbecue infuse the chicken even more.
I threw on some corn on the cob too because you just have to with a barbecue right?
Oh I have to introduce you to my parents cat, Winnie. This bloody cat is so bouji, if this cat could wear shades she would and if this cat were a person she’d be Anna Wintour. Does anyone remember the siamese cats from the Disney film Lady and the Tramp well, this cat would be their idol.
Once it’s ready plate it up
Corn on the cob, the food that tastes amazing but is forbidden to have on a first date, it’s not the most delicate of foods to eat.
This dish was kid approved.
I also made a simple salad of lettuce leaves, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and parma ham drizzled with olive oil
My nieces’s modelling skills were on point! Olivia made another salad too with added boiled eggs she was so proud lol
Ain’t no thing like a chicken wing………………
Tip: Never buy Strongbow pear cider, this picture was taken just before I drank it and it wasn’t the best. Anyway after we devoured our food my sister and I turned on abit of Bob Marley to see if we could get our Mum to bust some shapes in the garden.
Even Winnie popped her head over the fence when she heard afew of Mr Marleys classics
It turned out my mum liked the soothing sounds of Bob Marleys voice more then any of us anticipated so we left her to get her groove on down at the bottom of the garden.
So thats it guys, Jerk Chicken your life up this summer!