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You know what all this cold and snow is doing to me?

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It’s Jamaican me crazy!

Sorry, I just had to. One of my brothers had that shirt growing up and we would all run around the house screaming “Jamaican Me Crazy”! Really, I just think we were making my mom crazy, but I always say she is the one who signed on to seven kids… plus friends.

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But really, this is fun, fresh food in the middle of winter and that is much-needed around here.

Like I have said all week, it has snowed pretty much non-stop since Christmas and if you lost track of time that was over three weeks ago now.

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I am still into the snow, but just give me a few more weeks.

Trust me, I will be complaining about it.

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All the cold snow has left me wanting tropical foods. I am on a huge tropical kick and if you didn’t know, both plantains and pineapple are winter fruits. Ahh huh. Look it up, it’s true.

So while I am currently going orange and pomegranate crazy over here, I am also into the tropical fruits. Oh, and limes, avocados and cilantro, I cannot seem to stop using these ingredients. Honestly, I use them at least once or twice a day. Addicted.

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Also, I think my oldest brother is going to kill me if I try to force him to eat another quinoa dish.

He’s not really into the quinoa or really anything green and colorful. No, he is more into the beige foods, which I personally hate. But mostly only because they are no fun to photograph.

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Alright, so here is the deal with this quinoa.

It is like fried rice, but with quinoa, and instead of the traditional Asian flavors, I threw in a big old Jamaican kick. I was going to use shrimp instead of chicken, but I knew in the back of my head that the seafood haters here would throw a hissy fit just like a five-year old. Normally I just make two separate dishes. One with chicken and one with shrimp, but I just did not feel like doing both. So chicken it was.

I gotta say though, I think shrimp would be amazing. Don’t get me wrong, the chicken was really good, but I give all the credit to the seasoning. Ooooh, shrimp with the jerk seasoning would be so good too. Ok, ok – yes, I would have enjoyed seeing how the dish would have turned out with shrimp, but I wouldn’t have had anyone besides myself to eat it!

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Next time for sure.

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And wow, the fried plantains make this dish.

So incredibly good… and good for you. They are like a less sweet version of a banana and they work incredibly well with these flavors.

Right there is another reason to make this dish.

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The best part about this meal is that it is a quick, easy, one-pan meal that comes together in under an hour. And it is pretty healthy too. Swapping the quinoa for rice is good and adds some really awesome texture.

And you know I am a texture freak. So I loved this.

Oh, and if you are worried about too much of a coconut flavor, don’t be. Just leave the toasted coconut out, but use the coconut oil. It really adds no flavor at all.

But do not skip the nuts. The nuts are so good and if macadamia nuts are too expensive use cashews. Cashews would be awesome too.

One last thing, I am thinking that since the Olympics are coming up I would like to start doing a lot more foods from around the world leading up to them. What do you guys think?

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Macadamia Fried Quinoa.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 671 kcal

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Ingredients

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  • 2 ripe plantains sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil divided
  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into bite size chunks (or use 1 pound shelled shrimp)
  • 2 teaspoons spicy curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 red bell peppers diced (or 1 orange and 1 red pepper)
  • 1 banana pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple diced
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce use reduce sodium for less salt
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut toasted (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted macadamia nuts

Instructions

  • Start by making the quinoa. Add the coconut milk and water to a medium size pot. Bring to a low boil and then add the quinoa. Stir to combine and then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the quinoa to cook on low for 20-25 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl add the chicken, curry powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ketchup and molasses. Toss well to coat and set aside.
  • In a heavy large skillet or wok melt 1/4 cup of the coconut oil on medium-high heat. Make sure the coconut oil completely covers the bottom of the pan, if not add more until it does.
  • When a drop of water sizzles in the oil, add the plantain slices and cook until the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip slices over and brown on the other side until slightly beginning to caramelize, another 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan and place the plantains on a paper towel to drain off excess oil. Set aside.
  • If needed add 1 tablespoon more coconut oil to the skillet. Add the red bell peppers, banana peppers and pineapple. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the red pepper is seared and the pineapple slightly caramelized. Add the garlic and ginger and toss for 30 seconds or so, being careful not to let burn. Remove the veggies + pineapple from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan. Grab the chicken and toss in the skillet in a single layer. Stir fry the chicken for 5-6 minutes or until the chicken is crisped and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and add to the plate of veggies. If needed add another tablespoon of coconut oil. Add the eggs and season with pepper. Stir the eggs constantly and cook until almost set but still moist, then transfer egg to a bowl. Break the eggs up with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add 1 more tablespoon of oil to the pan and about half of the quinoa. Toss to coat, then add in the remaining quinoa, tossing once again. Cook for about 3 minutes, tossing often, until warmed through.
  • Add the orange juice, soy sauce and lime juice, and toss. Cook for another 3 minutes, until the quinoa has browned sufficiently. Add the veggies, pineapple and chicken back in and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat and toss in the toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and chopped cilantro. Serve hot and garnish with chopped green onions.

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I hear the French like a ton of chocolate and bread. Sounds pretty good to me.

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  1. Great recipe! Made it for a group and they all loved it. I went a lil rogue with the coconut oil so it was a tad soggy. But flavor was awesome. Store didn’t have macadamia nuts OR cashews (without having a crap ton of salt added) so I went without. But I agree with you, gotta have em. Still damn good, but would have been that much better with a crunch! Thanks for another recipe 4 the books tieghan

    1. I am so glad you and your guests enjoyed this Jenna! Sorry you couldn’t find the nuts without a ton of salt.. bummer. But I am so glad it was still great, thanks so much!

  2. This is one of the best recipes I have ever made. EVER. So many flavors! The plantains! The homemade Jerk sauce! I am now officially hooked on your blog – I made your Moroccan chicken skewers last week and tonight we’re doing your BBQ Margarita chicken tostadas. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Seriously delicious ! There is a Jamaican place in another town I have traveled to for years for their jerk chicken. This totally hits the spot, and my husband loves it ?! Whatttt? thanks!!

  4. As a Jamaican living in Jamaica, I’m impressed! This caught my eye on food gawker a while ago. I love fried plantain and quinoa, and funny enough I’ve never though about combining plus our signature jerk flavour. Thanks for the twist Tieghan! I think this would get my entire family on the quinoa bandwagon.

  5. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I used Thai brown jasmine rice with some coconut milk stirred in as the rice finished cooking. I’ve wanted to try plantains for a long time, so this was a good reason. Thanks very much!

  6. My mom always fried plantains for as when we were kids! This makes me home sick, but in a good way 😉 Can’t wait to make this for my mom next time I’m home!

  7. Beautifully Beautiful! I love the quinoa idea with coconut! YUM YUM! I just got quinoa so I think this is what is on the menu for dinner!

    1. Hey Katy! Thanks so much!

      Yup, you are just scrambling eggs. No big deal all. Super easy!

      Hope you get to give this a try and love it!

  8. This looks wonderful! I love roasted/fried plaintains–cannot get enough. My favorite Mexican place makes the best ones and their served with a lime crema. UGH! So delicious. Anyway, this dish looks so unique and flavorful.

    Love your idea to do dishes from around the world for the Olympics! Thumbs up!

  9. This recipe brings back vivid memories of jerk chicken, roasted plantains, fresh coconuts, and pepper pot soup at Scotchie’s in Jamaica…. I am definitely making this soon 🙂 Lovely recipe!

  10. Chocolate goes soooo well with bread, Tieghan … try some crusty bread with a big dollop of nutella and you’ll see.
    As for the dish, looks very tasty! I really like fried quinoa!

  11. Chicken is very universal product. So many dishes can be cooked! This one seems to be exotic! I guess that it combines both salty and sweet tastes! Am I right? Coconuts and chicken is a nice mix I think.

  12. I’m a big fan of fried plantains… I do love that this recipe works so beautifully with protein (chicken, shrimp) but it’d also be just as delicious on its own.

  13. What an interesting combination of flavors! I love macadamia nuts, but I’ve never tried plantains before, so this sounds like a fun recipe to try. What would happen if you just cooked for your own preferences, and used shrimp? Would other people pick around the shrimp, or just make their own separate dinner? Either way, more shrimp for you! (I’ve been known to buy certain things, like mint chip ice cream, because I know I’m the only one in the house who likes it, and then it’s alllll mine…hehe)

  14. Sounds amazing, but maybe a little time consuming for a weeknight after work. But definitely a great weekend meal!

  15. What’s Jamaican me crazy is the lack of snow over here! I can’t wait to visit CO in April becauce I’m 200% certain you will still have 300% more snow than we do. Love everything about this quinoa! It’s been ages since I’ve had fried plantains and I jumped out of my seat when I saw how perfect yours are. mmm! Let’s go snowshoeing!!

  16. I try to do the same thing with the cold, it’s like really cold here right now so I find myself coking exotic tropical food to break off the cold breeze. This recipe looks delicious! I’ve heard a lot of great things about Jamaican food but never had the chance to try it.

  17. This dish hits the spot right now. A taste of the Caribbean in the middle of the snow and cold? Yes, please! I fully support and encourage all things Olympics related. It’s my favorite time of (every other) year and I always try to get friends into the spirit by bringing an international dish to the opening ceremony viewing party. The other thing that might be helpful in the coming weeks are Superbowl-esqe foods

  18. Love your idea of doing some more around the world foods! Having just moved to Florida, there are tropical fruits and plantains EVERYWHERE! I know what you mean by using them every single day of life. I have been meaning to try frying plantains and now you have given me a great reason to. Love the creativity in this dish!

  19. I love your interpretation of my national dish. Jerk chicken and plantain is a winning combo ALWAYS and jerk shrimp is even better. A tip for the plantain, make sure the plantain is black and not yellow like a banana and sprinkle a little salt on the plantain as they are frying as it brings out the sweetness.

  20. Those plantains are fried to PERFECTION! Last month when I was in Aruba, there are so many plantains down there and this little random gas station makes the best plantain chips. My daughter can inhale a bag of them before we even walk home! Gorgeous and out of the ordinary meal, Tieghan! It’s great to see something totally unique like this!