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Cha Cha Cha Jerk Chicken

Cha Cha Cha Jerk Chicken
Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: Cha Cha Cha restaurant in Long Beach absolutely has the best jerk chicken I have tasted. Do you think you could get the recipe? My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Ramon Salas-Sarmiento Commerce Dear Ramon: What ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes plus 24 hours marinating | Serves 6
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 6 to 8 boneless chicken breasts

Step 1In a bowl large enough to hold marinade and chicken pieces, combine allspice, salt, chili powder, black pepper, thyme, garlic, pepper flakes, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, turmeric, curry powder, ginger, coriander, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and orange and pineapple juices. Mix well. Add chicken breasts, turning to coat with marinade. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 24 hours.

Step 2Remove chicken from marinade and grill over medium heat until partially cooked, about 4 minutes a side. Remove from heat (jerk chicken is cooked twice). Let cool a few minutes, then cut each breast lengthwise into two pieces. Use brush to apply more marinade to each piece, then cook over low heat until chicken is done, 4 to 5 minutes, brushing frequently with marinade to keep moist.

Each serving:
309 calories; 584 mg sodium; 109 mg cholesterol; 16 grams fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 36 grams protein; 0.58 gram fiber.
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