Easy jerk chicken with rice & peas

Easy jerk chicken with rice & peas

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A Caribbean classic, this recipe makes a delicious and satisfying weekday meal

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal937
  • fat48g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs86g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre10g
  • protein46g
  • salt2.59g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1kg chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 bottle jerk barbecue sauce (Levi Roots or Walkerswood from Waitrose)
  • 1 bunch spring onions, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

For the rice and peas

  • 200g basmati rice
  • 2 x 410g cans kidney beans
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 thyme sprig


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp allspice


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Heat the oil in a roasting tin, then carefully add the chicken pieces. Brown them lightly on all sides – it will take about 6-8 mins. Pour over the jerk sauce, scatter over the sliced spring onions, then toss to coat each piece of chicken.

  2. Roast the chicken for 30 mins, turning occasionally to ensure it gets nice and sticky.

  3. While the chicken is cooking, make the rice & peas. Rinse the rice in a sieve until the water runs clear. Bring a pan of water to the boil with the liquid only from the kidney beans, the coconut milk, spring onions, thyme, garlic, allspice and some salt, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the beans, then simmer for 5 mins more until the rice is tender. Drain and serve straight away with the chicken.

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Comments (35)

yumyum97's picture

i think this is a good recipe. although, i am unsure when to add the rice. :) many thanks.

ribeyeguy's picture

This is a rubbish recipe. When do you add the rice? It doesn't say. I've read better recipes off the side of cans.

bradthiele's picture

this is not a recipe - it's usage instructions for a commercial product.
Shame on you GoodFood. I expected better.

tommie2's picture

As a Jamaican, I must say, we never drain rice and definitely never rice and peas. A Jamaican's way of preparing rice is by absorption and when done well, rice and peas is finger licking good. Some of us use salted pigs tail as well.

We do not generally prepare jerk seasoning from scratch but often in the home use walkerswood jerk seasoning (not jerk barbq) to give the authentic Jamaican flavour. Preparation from scratch: pimento, scotch bonnet pepper, ginger, paprika, salt, oil as well as some standard seasoning.

dawn_powell's picture


I always make a big batch of Rice and peas and freeze half for the next week, so no probs with freezing.

babyfirefly's picture

I feel the same as the others who have posted about this, I will not even try to cook this, I wanted to find a jerk chicken recipe that doesn't come from a jar!!! As for draining the rice and peas, nooooooooo you just don't do it, you leave it to cook and then steam not drain it!

magikalis's picture

Rice and peas should be made by the absorption method of cooking rice, why would you need to drain it?

nuttygooner's picture

I am in agreement with a lot of posters, I tend to use dry rubs and sauces from the supermarket, and would rather know how to make the jerk seasoning/marinade from scratch.

As much as I live Levi Roots (he does come across as very affable and genuine on TV), I am a bit miffed about him submitting a recipe which uses one of his products, as this is blatantly an advertising feature.

That said though, it's great to have a rice and peas recipe to go with the chicken!

jerry2010's picture

Sound OK, but when do you add the rice?

natalierachel's picture

My 2 sons loved this (with plain rice).

maggie1954's picture

find this is realy tasty , do have a problem can you freeze rice and peas as i always have loads left and dont no wat to do with it

holsfisher's picture

Having one of his own sauces as a main ingredient is blatant advertising - shame on you Good Food! Advertising features should be clearly marked.

shirleen's picture

For a Jerk Marinade, use Jerk seasoning, a glug of rum and some brown sugar!

dna921's picture

Was looking for a Jerk chicken recipe & having heard that in Levi Roots' books he tells you how to make a dry rub or a wet marinade I thought this would like one of those two. Fair to say I have no interest in this recipe since it requires just pouring Reggae Reggae Sauce on it, rather than teaching me how to make a Jamaican classic from scratch


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