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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Pineapple Salsa & Fried Bananas

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Fried Bananas – it is as delicious as it sounds. Jamaican jerk is such a pungent and scrumptious spice blend and it works amazing with fresh and sweet pineapple and fried bananas.

 

In Jamaica, or in the Caribbean, they eat a lot of rice and beans. I had this in Cuba, and it was pretty much the only thing that tasted good there. You can read more about my experience with Cuban food over at this Cuban Quinoa Bowl recipe (which is so much better than anything Cuban I have ever tried, so I had to go home to taste good Cuban food, ironic). Anyhow, my point is, I exchanged the rice with quinoa for a more nutritious meal.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

Jamaican jerk chicken quinoa bowl is a healthy dinner that is far from boring. It’s so yummy, I could eat it at least every week. This will probably be my last Summery recipe before I’m heading to all things Fall. I wanted it to be special and extra flavorful – and this is it. Filled with spices such as cayenne, cinnamon, allspice, cumin, pineapple, bananas. I mean, it’s some of the best things in the world combined into one delicious dish! It’s easy even though the title Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Fried Bananas is fairly long. I just wanted to share all the yummy ingredients in the title, you know how it is.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Pineapple Salsa and Spicy Fried Bananas

 

Let’s dive into it, shall we.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

 

If you have store bought, that is completely fine. I just love to make my own spice blends. It’s also difficult to find such spice blends here in Norway, so it’s the perfect excuse to start mixing yourself.

 

I did a little digging to find which spices are usually in a Jamaican Jerk seasoning, and I ended up with a spice blend with 15 different spices. This had to be good! It’s a lot of spices, sure, but it’s also nothing fancy. I’m guessing you have most of them, if not all, in your spice shelf. If not – you should definitely go shopping! I will use these spices a lot in the future.

 

Just mix all the spices together and store what you don’t use today in an airtight container. Makes about 1/2 cup.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

 

We have our Jamaican jerk spice blend ready and we will begin with the chicken marinade. Mix the jerk blend with the rest of the chicken marinade ingredients (excluding the pineapple juice and butter). Pour half of the marinade into a bowl and add in the pieces of chicken. Let it marinade for 30 minutes to overnight. The other half will be our sauce. Double joy for half the work!

 

When the chicken is done marinating, we are ready to cook. To cook the chicken, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in a little bit of canola oil when the pan is hot. Fry the chicken for 3-5 minutes, or until browned all over and cook through. Add the marinade you didn’t use into the skillet, in addition to 30 ml of pineapple juice. Bring to a boil, add in 1 tbsp of butter and cook about 5 minutes or until reduced slightly. Stir in some chopped cilantro if desired.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa & Black Beans

 

While the chicken is marinading, start with the quinoa. Heat a large, high sided skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add in the oil and chopped onion. Cook for around 10 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the chopped red pepper and dry quinoa, cook another 5 minutes until the pepper is soft and the quinoa lightly toasted. Then you pour in 250 ml/1 cup chicken broth, bring it to a boil, cover and then simmer for 30 minutes.

 

Drizzle a little bit of oil in a medium hot pan. Add the rinsed black beans, garlic, jerk, salt and pepper and cook until warmed through. You can now mix the quinoa and beans together if you want.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Pineapple Salsa & Fried Bananas

 

Just mix the chopped pineapple with 1/2 red chili and cilantro, and drizzle with the juice of 1/2 lime. If you don’t want it spicy, just leave out the chili, it’s still mighty good. Set pineapple salsa aside while we fry our bananas.

 

Remove the peels and slice them 1/2 inch thick. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the canola oil. Lay down the banana slices and sprinkle with chili powder and cinnamon. Fry for 4-5 minutes on each side. Be careful so that the bananas don’t burn, turn down the heat if they are browning too quickly. You want enough heat to caramelize and brown the slices, but not burned. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate. Sprinkle with sea salt.

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

To serve; divide the quinoa among 2 bowls. Top with chicken, black beans, pineapple and bananas. Drizzle with the sauce, chopped green onions and chopped cilantro, if desired.

 

It a shot, my cumbolos!

 

Yeah, I googled Jamaican phrases. There are so many crazy yet fabulous Jamaican slang, you should check it out. (It a shot = fabulous, cumbolo = friend)

 

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

 

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Quinoa Bowl

Yield: 3-4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Don't be frightened by the amount of ingredients, it's nothing fancy and simple to make. It will be worth every ingredient having this flavorful dish for dinner tonight.

Ingredients

Jerk Chicken (marinade and sauce)

  • 2 chicken breast, cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/2 lime, juice only. About 1 tbsp
  • 60 ml low sodium soy sauce, 1/4 cup
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning, see below
  • 30 ml pineapple juice, 2 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp butter

Quinoa and Black Beans

  • 250 ml black beans, rinsed. 1 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tsp jerk seasoning, see below
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 85g uncooked quinoa, 1/2 cup
  • 1 onion, small, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 250 ml chicken stock, 1 cup

Pineapple Salsa

  • 1/3-1/2 pineapple, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 1/2 chili, finely chopped. optional
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped. optional

Spicy Fried Bananas

  • 1 banana, 1/2 inch thick slices
  • sprinkle cinnamon
  • sprinkle chili powder
  • sprinkle sea salt, optional

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (Makes 1/2 cup)

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika, regular paprika if you can't find smoked
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to your preference
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  1. Just mix all the spices together and store what you don't use today in an airtight container. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

  1. Mix the jerk blend with the rest of the chicken marinade ingredients (excluding the pineapple juice and butter). Pour half of the marinade into a bowl and add in the pieces of chicken. Let it marinade for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. The other half will be our sauce.
  2. To cook the chicken, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in a little bit of canola oil when the pan is hot. Fry the chicken for 3-5 minutes, or until browned all over and cooked through. Add the marinade you didn't use into the skillet, in addition to 30 ml of pineapple juice. Bring to a boil, add in 1 tbsp of butter and cook about 5 minutes or until reduced slightly.

Quinoa & Black Beans

  1. Quinoa: While the chicken is marinading, start with the quinoa. Heat a large, high sided skillet over medium-high heat. When it's hot, add in the oil and chopped onion. Cook for around 10 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the chopped red pepper and dry quinoa, cook another 5 minutes until the pepper is soft and the quinoa lightly toasted. Then you pour in 1 cup chicken broth, bring it to a boil, cover and then simmer for around 30 minutes. Let rest covered for 5 minutes before fluffing the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Black Beans: Drizzle a little bit of oil in a medium hot pan. Add the rinsed black beans, garlic, jerk, salt and pepper and cook until warmed through. You can now mix the quinoa and beans together if you want.

Pineapple Salsa & Fried Bananas

  1. Pineapple Salsa: Mix the chopped pineapple with 1/2 red chili and cilantro, and drizzle with the juice of 1/2 lime. If you don't want it spicy, just leave out the chili.
  2. Fried Bananas: Remove the peels and slice them 1/2 inch thick. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the canola oil. Lay down the banana slices and sprinkle with chile powder and cinnamon. Fry for 4-5 minutes on each side. Be careful so that the bananas don't burn, turn down the heat if they are browning too quickly. You want enough heat to caramelize and brown the slices, but not burned. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Assemble

  1. To serve; divide the quinoa among 3-4 bowls. Top with chicken, black beans, pineapple and bananas. Drizzle with the sauce, chopped green onions and chopped cilantro, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/3
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 488Total Fat: 14.6gSaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1111mgCarbohydrates: 55.2gFiber: 8.9gSugar: 15.1gProtein: 36.5g

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Kari Heron | Chef and Steward

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

As A Jamaican with Cuban family members, I was eager to see this recipe. It has very strong Hispanic flavours. Jamaican Jerk is different in flavour than your seasoning here but nevertheless, your dish looks absolutely scrumptious! I would make this in a heart beat.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018

Hey, thanks for your comment! When I googled I found several recipes for Jamaican Jerk seasoning, and they all included some or all of these spices. However, I'd love to hear how you make your Jamaican Jerk, as I'm sure it's much more authentic.

Chef Mireille

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

although we would normally use plantains instead of bananas, this is a healthy caribbean meal I would enjoy for sure!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Yes, I know you usually use plantains, but I think bananas are more accessible and tasted amazing. I will try it with plantains sometime too, thank you!

Stephanie Simmons

Sunday 26th of August 2018

I love everything about these! I made jerk chicken once and it was delicious - I love all the foods you've paired with it here to make a yummy bowl meal!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 27th of August 2018

Thank you so much, Stephanie!

Jacqueline Debono

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Everything about this recipe sounds amazing. I've never used Jamaican jerk seasoning and probably wouldn't be able to find it here in Italy! But I can find although spices you used to make it. Have to give it a go!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 27th of August 2018

I can't find Jamaican jerk here either, but that doesn't bother me as long as I can find the ingredients in the store! Thank you so much

Adriana Lopez Martin

Friday 24th of August 2018

wow loving all those spices I bet yoru Jamaican jerk seasoning is amazing I need to make it soon as we love a good spicy chicken. I also like the idea of the quinoa. Great dish!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Saturday 25th of August 2018

Thank you so much, you are so kind!

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