Friday, April 9, 2010

Pineapple Stuffed Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This is a recipe I adapted from an Everyday Food magazine recipe.  The stuffing is virtually the same, I just use the Wildtree Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, because it's sooo much easier and tastes just as good as the homemade one suggested by Everyday Food, but a whole heck of a lot less work!  This is totally company worthy, but easy enough for everyday too.  First, make the pineapple stuffing:

I use canned pineapple because I have a weird sensitivity to fresh, but I'm sure it would be fab with fresh as well.  Mix:
1 whole big can of pineapple (use tidbits or cut up chucks like I did), drained 
 juice of one lime
3 green onions, sliced
then season to taste with a bit of kosher salt, pepper and a bit of sugar.  

Next, prep your chicken.  Um, do my hands look old?  Anyway, just cut into the chicken horizontally with a sharp knife.  I stabilize with my hand firmly on the top of the chicken breast.  

Lift up the top and make sure you have a nice deep pocket.

Stuff with the pineapple mixture.  There is enough stuffing for about 6 large chicken breasts.

Lay on a baking sheet and season generously with the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning.  Bake at 450 until juices run clear or internal temperature is 170 degrees, I think about 25 minutes.  You can also broil them, and they'll get done faster.  I didn't because my broiler doesn't work that great.  

On the side I sauteed some onions just in the Natural Grapeseed Oil and then added in some fresh green beans.  I also made some Cilantro Lime Rice--it's a great accompaniment to anything with the Jamaican Jerk.  

I ended up overcooking the beans a bit, so it's not just bad lighting--they really are lacking in color, but doesn't the chicken look yummy?  Let me know if you try this!!


Anonymous said...

Super YUMMY looking! I've never stuffed chicken breast! Who took the pictures of your hands sliding in that colorful pineapple stuffing? Brayden? Drew? Abby? NOT Andy?

Can't wait to see you next week! rbs

kawaii crafter said...

The chicken looks so good. I just might have to try this recipe.