Did you know that this week is Caribbean food week? That's right, it runs 24-31 August culminating in the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. When Grace Foods offered me the chance top create some yummy recipes using their wide selection of Caribbean products I couldn't wait to get involved. Caribbean food is something I have tried on a few occasions but don't really cook myself so I was up for the challenge.
For my first recipe I decided to create a really healthy but incredibly tasty chicken dish using the Dunns River Jerk Season that I was sent. I love Jerk Chicken and when the chicken was cooked on my grill plate it went all smoky and delicious - the marinade would work so well on chicken legs and wings for a BBQ. The spiciness of the chicken is cooled down by the mango and lime juice and you basically just have a taste sensation in your mouth! H absolutely loved these and if you marinade your chicken overnight they literally take 10-15 minutes to cook and get onto the plate so they are great as an after work quick and easy dinner!
Jerk Chicken Wraps with Mango Salsa
300g chicken (breast of thigh), sliced into large strips
for the marinade:
1 tbsp Dunns River Jerk Seasoning
3 spring onions roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
inch of fresh ginger, peeled
1 dried ancho chilli or one fresh red chilli
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar will work)
1 tbsp algarve syrup (treacle would also work)
juice of 1 lime
For mango salsa:
1 mango, peeled and cubed
handful coriander, chopped
juice of 1 lime
iceberg lettuce, shredded
place all of the ingredients for the marinade in a blender and blend until smooth. pour over the chicken and mix until coated. cover and place in fridge - ideally overnight. to make the salsa combine the mango with the coriander and lime juice. warm a grill pan and cook off the chicken - let it get a bit charred as it tastes even better this way. in a separate pan warm up the tortilla. to serve place a bed of lettuce, add on the chicken and top with the salsa.
Simple but full of flavours of the Caribbean sunshine!
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Disclaimer: The lovely people at Grace foods sent me some of the ingredients to create this recipe. All thoughts and ideas are my own.