Jerk Chicken – Rice ‘n’ Peas & Fresh Slaw!

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Simple recipe that looks disproportionately impressive – ideal if you want to look ‘wicked’ this summer in front of your mates.

(Please note: Level of wicked achieved may be affected by the quality of banter you bring to the table)

Time: 50 mins  Serves: 3-4


  • 1 whole Jamaican Jerk Spatchcock Chicken (900g) DIY by cutting down either side of backbone, squashing flat, generously coating in olive oil and jerk seasoning! – or available ready marinated/squashed from

 For Rice:

  • 1 tin red kidney beans
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed)
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme

For Slaw:

  • ¼ red cabbage – small (shredded)
  • ½ green cabbage – small (shredded)
  • ½ carrot (shredded)
  • ½ zest of 1/2 lemon
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)



  1. Pre heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Remove any dodgy looking outer leaves and trim core from the cabbage. Thinly slice cabbage and grate the carrot (or whack the whole lot through a food processor) Add to large bowl with the rest of the ingredients, toss thoroughly and set aside.

(Tip: For extra pickling – make it the day before and leave in fridge overnight)

  1. Lay chicken, skin side up on a baking tray on middle shelf for 40 mins.

(Tip: Whack the grill setting on for a further 5 mins at the end for extra crispy charred skin)

  1. While your bird is getting a good roasting – Add the kidney beans (including liquid) 2 more cups of water and coconut milk to a large saucepan with the chopped onion, garlic, thyme and season with salt – bring to the boil.
  2. Rinse the rice through a sieve until the water runs clear. Once boiling, add the rice, stir, reduce the heat to a gentle simmer for 30 mins.
  3. Serve up the rice on a big wooden board, sit your big bird on top and pile up some of that slaw on the side!

Disclaimer: If you don’t look ‘wicked’ after this… it is strongly advised that your banter game is re-evaluated.

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