Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans and a Creamy Avocado Salsa

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans and a Creamy Avocado Salsa

  • 35 min
  • 900 calories

What makes jerk chicken jerk? The word jerk reportedly stems from the Spanish charqui, meaning dried strips of meat similar to the modern-day jerky. In Jamaica, jerk chicken is famous for its pungent marinade, marked by allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. We felt a good ole spicy chicken dish would be perfect for the BBQ or grill during our hot Aussie summer with a traditional side of "rice and peas" and a refreshing salsa.

Number of servings


  • 2 Chicken Breast 2 Chicken Breast
  • 3⁄4 Cup Jasmine Rice 34 Cup Jasmine Rice
  • 100g Red Kidney Beans 100g Red Kidney Beans
  • 165g Pack Coconut Milk 165g Pack Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Jerk Spice Mix 2 Tbsp Jerk Spice Mix
  • 1 Small Bunch Coriander 1 Small Bunch Coriander
  • 1 Avocado (small) 1 Avocado (small)
  • 50g Cherry Tomatoes 50g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (GF) 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (GF)
  • 1 Bird's Eye chilli 1 Bird's Eye chilli

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Step-by-step instructions

First Things First

Our vegetables and fruit come as fresh as can be, so please give them a quick wash before you get started.

As well as your basic cooking tools, you will need...

BBQ (optional)
Grill Pan

Step 1

1 Prepare Ingredients

Peel onion, reserve half for marinade, finely dice the remaining onion. Roughly chop coriander stems, pick leaves and roughly chop. Quarter cherry tomatoes. Peel and dice the avocado.

Step 2

2 Marinate Chicken

Preheat BBQ if using. Combine the unchopped half of the onion, coriander stems, chilli, brown sugar, all but 1 tsp of spice mix and soy in a blender and blitz till smooth. Coat the chicken with the spice mix. Massage it into the skin and flesh really well to ensure it coats. Marinate for at least ten minutes but more if you can.

Tip! If you can do this in advance it will deepen the flavour considerably. If you don't love heat you can remove the seeds from the chilli or omit completely.

Step 3

3 Cook Rice and Beans

Heat a pot over medium heat. Add half of the diced onion and remaining spice mix. Saute for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the rice and toast for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, kidney beans, pinch of salt and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until liquid has absorbed and rice is cooked. Keep warm.

Tip! Taste the rice; if it is still too firm, add a few more tablespoons of water.

Step 4

4 Cook Chicken

Lightly oil a hot BBQ or grill plate and cook chicken for 5 minutes, turn and cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside to rest.

Tip! If you feel it's getting too dark drop the temp and cook a little longer or pop in a 180 degree oven to finish.

Step 5

5 Make Salsa

Combine the avocado, cherry tomato, remaining onion and most of the coriander leaves. Season to taste.

Step 6

6 You Plate It

Fluff rice and divide amongst plates, slice chicken if desired and add to plates. Top with salsa and the remaining coriander. Enjoy with a cold beer!

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