Easy jerk chicken with rice & peas

Easy jerk chicken with rice & peas

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(23 ratings)

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
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 400g can coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • 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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20th Sep, 2012
i cant believe gf sent me an email containing this. Its nearly as bad as the cheese on a cracker recipe. Yes, there really is a recipe for cheese on a cracker on here.
19th Sep, 2012
I would not cook this at all as the recipe is laid out, too many contradictions for me. But my issue here is the recipe is for those unfamiliar with cooking yet it does not address any issue they may have. It is a poor recipe. It would have been much better if the person who created the recipe for levi's sauce had written it, or if at least he had gone back to his roots(sorry)! For me the jerk is the guitar playing entrepreneur. sorry Levi I liked you better when you were poor!
30th Aug, 2012
you dont exactly need a phd to work out when and where to put the rice now do you? and it under simple recipes. jeez louise.
29th Aug, 2012
This is not a recipe, this is how to pour a pre-made sauce onto chicken.... If you want to make actual Jerk Chicken here's a recipe and it's bloody good! http://www.thechilliking.com/jerk-pork-recipe/
1st Aug, 2012
I have not tried this recipe, but after the comments I just want to say in aug 2012 GF there is a recipe for Jerk chicken with rice and peas and NOT out of a bottle. I have mine from that recipe cooking away now with my unwashed rice and peas steaming. Same recipe as above for the rice and peas. I will update you on how it turns out.
8th Feb, 2012
I use skinless breasts for this as it reduces the fat as for advertising it gives you a choice i have a lot of Jamaican friends who all use walkers wood and I find its better cooked on a barb coating as you cook don't drain the peas and rice cook till dry and serve
5th Jun, 2011
everything about this recipe is amazing! the rice and peas complements the chicken perfectly
7th Apr, 2011
Yes good, rice and peas fantastic and will go with other dishes.
7th Apr, 2011
Not a good recipe - as someone else said it doesn't even say when to add the rice. Not to mention the fact he just happens to use his own sauce!? Wasn't like jerk chicken at all, also what is the point in browning the skin if you're going to cover it in sauce? It's not as if it will remain crispy after that...
27th Mar, 2011
good recipe and i had a lot of fun making it !!! p.s. loved the sauce!


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