To make the marinade, blend everything in the blender. Don’t neglect the spices, they really add the depth and intrigue needed to balance out the flavors. Allspice is especially important.
I could not find scotch bonnet peppers so I subbed 1 habenero and 1 jalapeño. Chicken was 2 stars in spiciness. The next time I used 2 habeneros, and it bumped it up to 3 stars, perfect for us. To mellow out the heat a bit- use 2 jalapeños.
I recommend boneless, skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. They are more tender and juicy than breasts which tend to dry out. Cut thin into ¾ to 1 inch chunks, pour the marinade over, and let sit at least 30 min, but preferably longer, 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
Slice the peaches into wedges, about ¾ an inch thick.
Using gloves ( the marinade is spicy) thread chicken and peaches on to soaked skewers.
Serve on a platter and enjoy outside!!!
Grilled Jerk Chicken and Peach Skewers
Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Peach Skewers, a delicious summertime meal that is full of flavor!
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 12 skewers- serves 4
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Caribbean
- 2 lbs chicken (boneless, skinless breast or thigh)
- 3 peaches, sliced into wedges
- 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
- handful of cilantro for garnish
- 1/8 cup olive oil ( or vegetable)
- 1/8 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lime juice, more for squeezing
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 T fresh chopped ginger
- 1- 2 Scotch bonnet peppers, habaneros, or jalapeños , chopped in half
- 3 scallions or 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves ( or 1/2 T dry)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- Soak the skewers. Cut the chicken into 1 inch chunks and place in a bowl.
- Place all the marinade ingredients in the blender, and blend until relatively smooth. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Let sit 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. ( The longer your marinate, the spicier they will become.)
- Pre heat the grill to medium high.
- Slice the peaches, and onions into ¾ inch thick wedges.
- Using gloves, skewer the chicken, peaches and onion. The marinade will naturally get on the peaches which is a good thing.
- Grill until all sides are nicely seared with grill marks. Turn heat down to LOW, place on a piece of heavy duty foil, folding up the edges to catch the drippings, and close the lid, letting chicken cook all the way through, until done.
- Place on a platter, squeeze with lime, and garnish with lime or orange slices and sprinkle with cilantro. Enjoy with a big salad.
You may need a pair of kitchen gloves ( marinade is spicy) for sensitive hands
12 pre-soaked wood skewers
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