How about a little sunshine and trop-i-cal for these cold winter days?
Which really just means lots of citrus and Jamaican flavors. Which means – really delicious stuff!!
For some reason, every winter, while I crave cozy, warm and hearty flavors, I crave light and tropical flavors as well. I am not at the point yet where I am done with the cold and snow, but I still love a little taste of the tropics. It’s kind of refreshing, you know?
Plus, both citrus and pineapple are in season right now, so I am pretty much going crazy with them. Can’t help it.
Ok, so I don’t know why, but I really have no idea what the heck to say today. Not knowing what to say when I first sit down is actually quite normal for me, but usually I type the first line and then everything just seems to flow. Well I guess not today. Today all I can currently think about is how my painter buds, who I have been spending way too much time with, should probably GO HOME. I mean it is 8:15 pm.
I mean, I am not trying to be mean, but those two talk about the stupidest stuff. Super nice guys and all, but man I kind of need a break…Friday can not get here soon enough!
Anyway, other than my painters. I got nothing on the brain. Except citrus. Which I love to death, now more than ever, but I already told you that.
So let’s get into a little meatier conversation and talk about this Jamaican jerk citrus pineapple roasted chicken.
I have seen a lot of citrus roasted chicken recipes around, but I wanted to put my own kind of spin on it. I love any kind of jerk seasoning, but a spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning has got to be my favorite. I seem to work these flavors into a lot of my sauces. These sauces are not necessarily up on the blog, a lot of times I am just throwing stuff together for dinner, but I’ll often end up going with these flavors. My family likes spicy, so it works.
So I took typical Jamaican jerk flavors and added a little winter citrus, and a little pineapple (because pineapple should be in all Jamaican dishes). It’s crazy simple and easy, but totally delish. Even the boys loved the chicken (once they picked the fruit off of course).
I served the chicken with some fried rice, but you could do roasted potatoes, polenta or really whatever you mood is telling you to go with. All I needed was the fruit. Definite fruit addict over here.
Jamaican Jerk and Citrus Pineapple Roasted Chicken.
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 559 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1/4 olive oil
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses or regular molasses
- 2 tablespoons coconut rum optional
- 2 habanero chilies seeded
- 1 inch fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 8 green onions chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro or 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons all-spice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt + pepper
- 3-4 pounds chicken breast thighs or legs (I used mostly breasts with a few thighs + legs interspersed)
- half a small pineapple cored and sliced thin
- 1/2 of a blood orange sliced thin with the peel on
- 1/2 of a grapefruit sliced thin with the peel on
- 1/2 of a cara cara orange sliced thin with the peel on
- 1 lime sliced thin with the peel on
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- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- To a blender, add the olive oil, pomegranate molasses, coconut rum (if using), habanero chilies, ginger, garlic, green onions, cilantro, thyme, all-spice, cinnamon salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add in more olive oil if the sauce seems a little too thick.
- Now grab the oranges, grapefruit and limes and very thinly slice them. Lay the slices along with the pineapple slices on the prepared baking sheet. Place the chicken pieces over the citrus. Brush each chicken piece with the sauce.
- Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked throughout. I brushed my chicken with the remaining sauce half way through roasting. Serve the chicken with the roasted citrus slices.
But really, how pretty is that fruit? LOVE IT.