Jerk chicken, rice and pea cakes and slaw
30 mins to 1 hour
A Caribbean dish full of spicy flavours served with an unusual take on rice and peas.
30 mins to 1 hour
For the jerk chicken spice mix
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
- ½ Scotch bonnet chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
- 2.5cm/1in piece of root ginger, grated
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp chopped dried thyme leaves
- 2 limes, juice only
For the chicken
For the rice and pea cakes
- 50g/1¾oz butter
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled but left whole
- ¼ scotch bonnet chilli, finely diced
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 250g/9oz risotto rice
- 600ml/1 pint chicken stock
- 200g/7oz fresh peas
- 50g/1¾oz parmesan, grated
- 2 tbsp olive oil
For the slaw
For the jerk chicken, preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Place all the ingredients for the jerk spice mix in a blender and blend until you have a rough paste.
Spread the mixture all over the chicken and leave to marinade for at least an hour.
Heat a large griddle pan, drizzle a little oil over the chicken and place skin-side down on the griddle. Cook for five minutes, turn over and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until cooked through.
For the rice and pea cakes, heat a large pan and add the butter. Add the onion, cook for a couple of minutes and then add the garlic, chilli and thyme and cook for a further minute.
Add the rice and stir to coat the rice. Gradually add the stock a little at a time until all the stock has gone and you have a creamy risotto. Finish by adding the fresh peas and parmesan.
Allow to go cold and then set aside in the fridge.
To make the rice and pea cakes, heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Once hot take a tablespoon of cold risotto and shape into a small cake the size of a fish cake and fry for a couple of minutes each side.
For the slaw, add the egg yolks to a small food processor and add the mustard and vinegar. Start the motor on the processor and gradually add the oil a little at a time to make mayonnaise.
Place the sliced celeriac and carrot in a large glass bowl and add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and chives.
To serve carve the chicken into portions and place on a plate with the rice and pea cakes and slaw.
You can buy the all-purpose seasoning, or make up your own by mixing together the following ingredients: 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp ground mace, 1 tsp dried marjoram, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp dried parsley, ½ tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp summer savoury. (It will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.)