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Marinate in the morning for a quick dinner at night! Caribbean Jerk Skillet Chicken has AMAZING flavor. It’s both tangy and sweet.
Now that warm weather is slipping in here and there, we’ve been enjoying some new quick dinner recipes…because who wants to be stuck inside cooking when the sun is shining? Not this mom!
This easy Caribbean Jerk Skillet Chicken is slightly new flavors for us, but the kids loved it, and it’s spicy, so Matt was behind it too! They loved it as much as our Greek chicken marinade.
The dry seasonings are:
Then to that you’ll add lime juice and hot sauce. This is not a dry rub, but rather a marinade.
What does it taste like? Jerk chicken is spicy and warm, yet slightly tangy and sweet. If you aren’t thrilled about hot and spicy foods, scale back the hot sauce or use a mild sauce in place of it.
Is it healthy? This chicken isn’t considered low carb because of the brown sugar in the recipe. We recommend trying it as written first, but if you’re looking for low carb (or Paleo, Keto or Whole30), try switching out the brown sugar for golden granulated Monk Fruit. It works as a great substitute.
Marinate this chicken for at least two hours, but you can marinate it up to 10 hours if you’d like. I often prepare the chicken at the beginning of the day when I have the most energy...then I let it marinate all day long. When it is time for dinner it only takes about 15 minutes to cook up. So easy!
What should I marinate chicken in? You can use a zippered disposable bag if you’d like. Or you can place it in an airtight container. Either way, store the chicken in the refrigerator.
**Pro Tip: Allow the chicken to sit for about 15 minutes at room temperature before cooking. This allows the chicken to cook more evenly. No one wants raw chicken on their plate.**
Cast Iron makes a beautiful presentation for this dinner. You can use any type of skillet to cook the chicken though.
The key to tender, juicy chicken is to not overcook it! Simple as that. Keep a thermometer close by. **We LOVE our Thermoworks ThermaPen to quickly test meat temperatures. This probe thermometer is AMAZING. Get it here.**
Yes. It’s a great option if you don’t have time to stand in front of a skillet.
Yes, you can. And it is so, so good. Preheat the the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place chicken on on the grill and cook for about 6-10 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
This recipe makes a perfect meal prep freezer meal. Prepare the chicken with the marinade and place it in a freezer bag or container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.
Remove the chicken from the freezer about 36 hours before you are wanting to cook it. Make sure that the chicken is fully thawed before cooking so that it cooks evenly.
Serve the chicken breasts sliced over a bed of rice (or our low carb rice) with steamed or roasted vegetables such as asparagus or brussels sprouts.
This chicken is also great served sliced on top of a green salad or use slices of it to top a homemade pizza.
Photography by Siân C Photography
Oh my, my!
We just got back from St. John USVI and were wanting some jerk chicken like we had there – this is fantastic!