Sunday Supper: Jerk-light Chicken with Pineapple Sals

  • Updated: May 25, 2010 - 3:05 PM

Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean offers an easy recipe for a weekend meal.

JERK-LIGHT CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

Serves 5.

Note: Use caution when working with fresh chiles. Wash hands and work surface thoroughly upon completion; do not touch eyes or face. From "Melissa's Everyday Cooking With Organic Produce," by Cathy Thomas.

Marinade:

• 2 large garlic cloves, chopped

• 2 green onions, chopped, including dark green stalks

• 2 serrano chiles, unseeded, chopped

• 1/8 c. fresh lime juice

• 2 tbsp. soy sauce

• 11/2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

• 3/4 tbsp. salt

• 1 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar

• 1 tsp. ground allspice

• 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Chicken:

• 21/2 lb. skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts and thighs

Salsa:

•1 tsp. honey

• 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice

• 1/4 c. peeled, seeded, finely diced cucumber

• 1 c. finely diced fresh pineapple

• 1 tbsp. fresh mint

Directions

To prepare chicken: Place all marinade ingredients in blender; whirl until smooth. Place chicken in large zipper-style plastic bag with the marinade. Press out air and seal. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning bag several times to redistribute marinade.

To prepare salsa: Combine all salsa ingredients in nonreactive container. Gently toss to combine and refrigerate, well sealed, up to 1 hour.

To prepare chicken: Take chicken out of refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange chicken in shallow baking pan; discard marinade. Roast 45 to 50 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve chicken

topped with salsa.

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