Jerk Chicken and Avocado Salad

 

You might not be sitting on a tropical beach with a cocktail in your hand and sand in toes (although, you might be), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat like you are. Why not bring a bit of the tropical islands in to your life via a delicious Caribbean salad. The combination of the chicken with a hint of spice and the creaminess of the avocado makes for a winning salad. Although, all salads are winning in my book!

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This recipe is posted today to start my holiday countdown. 12 weeks today I am going to be in JAMAICA! *Excited Scream* Seriously, I am ridiculously excited, and kind of worried how excited I am going to be when there is only a week to go.
I have wanted to go to Jamaica for years. The combination of some of my favourite ever food (jerk chicken), my favourite drink apart from water (rum) and the fact that there are countless adventurous things you can do there means that it has been a dream destination for a while.

I didn’t think that dream was going to be a reality for a while, as we just couldn’t afford it. But little did I know that Dave had been secretly working extra hard and saving so he could surprise me on my 30th birthday.
So, not knowing what to do for my birthday, Dave suggested that we have a Caribbean themed party, because of my love of Caribbean food and rum. Perfect, I thought! We were all sitting in the garden having some rum cocktails when Dave disappears in to the house. When he comes back out, he is wearing a hat with fake dreadlocks, has the Jamaican flag wrapped round him and he is carrying a box. He puts the hat and flag on me and asks me to open the box and inside is a bottle of Appleton’s Rum – my favourite rum, which also happens to be from Jamaica. There is also a note that says “Happy Birthday – We are going to Jamaica”

This isn’t the most flattering photo, but it is pretty hilarious. I mean, look at my face! You could say that I was totally shocked and so, SO excited. Dave booked it for October, so we had time to save up to do lots of trips whilst we are there, and also so it is outside of hurricane season. My husband is pretty awesome!

 

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Strangely enough, we live is a fairly large Jamaican community, so there are lots of Jamaican takeaways and shops within a couple of minutes walk. That means the temptation to order jerk chicken is always there. It isn’t the unhealthiest thing you can order from a takeaway, providing you avoid the dumplings, but I like to make it myself as often as I can.

I have used chicken drumsticks in this recipe, as I prefer the moistness of the chicken, but if you want to make it leaner, then use chicken breast instead.

 

Ingredients – Serves 2:

- 4 chicken drumsticks

- 1 tbsp fresh thyme

- A pinch of cinnamon

- 2 scotch bonnets, seeds removed

- 2 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro)

- 1 tbsp honey

- 3 garlic cloves, crushed

- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

- Juice of 1 lime

- 1 tsp all spice

- 1 tbsp crushed black pepper

- A pinch of sea salt

- 2 tbsp olive oil

- 1 avocado, sliced

- 1 red pepper, diced

- 2 medium tomatoes, diced

- 4 handfuls of lettuce

 

1) Put the thyme, cinnamon, scotch bonnets, coriander, honey, garlic, ginger, lime juice, all spice, salt, pepper and oil in to a blender and blend until it is a paste. If you don’t have a blender, then you can use a pestle and mortar.

2) Rub the paste over the chicken and put in the oven at 180C/350F for 40 minutes.

3) Put the lettuce, tomato and red pepper in bowls and add the sliced avocado. Once the chicken is ready, take the meat off the bone and add to the salad.

 

Has anyone been to Jamaica? Got any tips? Please leave them in the comments below :)

Nutritional Information – per person

Calories: 457

Fat: 32

Carbs: 23

Protein: 24

Fibre: 6

 

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