Saturday, May 16, 2015

Rich's Jerked Chicken

Every so often, a bunch of friends and I get together at Mike Valla's camp, Vallahalla, handy to the Battenkill, over in New York.  I've made Low Country Boil for us a couple of times (; for our last get together, it was Rich Norman's turn to cook.  And he cooked up a real treat, which I'll call Rich's Jerked Chicken.  I'm happy to share the recipe here, using Rich's exact words from an email he sent me regarding same:

For ten of us:
5 chicken breasts marinated overnight in Lawry's Caribbean Jerk 30 Minute Marinade (much more flavorful after 10 hours than just 30 minutes)
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
One each large red, yellow and orange pepper sliced
2 yellow onions, halved and sliced
8oz package sliced mushrooms
Small can black olives
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (only the best for you guys, I use first press EVOO imported from California, but I digress)

The ingredients (lacking the green pepper...she who must be obeyed doesn't like it):

Marinating chicken:

Ready to start:

To continue with Rich's instructions:

A cup and a half of brown rice (you could use cous cous or orzo, too), and about 3 cups of chicken broth to cook it in.  Make the rice however you like, if you are doing it simultaneously with the chicken, start the rice first; it will take 40 or 45 minutes.  I pre-cooked it and left a little liquid in it so I could warm it on the stove at our get-together.

Six pack of beer or box of Pinot Grigio.

First, open a bottle of beer or pour a glass of wine...or both, and throughout the process, make sure you always remain hydrated.

Warm up the grill.  They are all different; I usually get them real hot and clean them.  Here at home I would then turn it down to medium and let it cool a bit before I put the chicken on.  Mike's grill is hotter than mine, so I set it between medium and low.  Next time I might just turn on two of the four burners.  At any rate, put the chicken on, and plan to turn it only once.  Should be about 10 minutes per side.

Have a sip or gulp of your beer or wine or both.

At the same time in a large pan, heat the EVOO and add the chopped garlic.  Don't get the pan too hot or burn the garlic.  Saute' the garlic for a minute, then add the onions and peppers and keep mixing the veggies around.

Beer, wine or both, and go check the chicken just in case.

B, W or B, and back to saute' the veggies.

Keep going back and forth (constantly hydrating) until the peppers and onions begin to soften (this is usually about the time the chicken needs turning).  Add the mushrooms to the mix.  Stir.


When the mushrooms soften, add the olives and some salt and pepper.  Stir.  Hydrate.

Go check the chicken; it's probably done, so you will need to move it to an upper shelf to keep warm for a minute or two.  You could probably turn the grill off or at least turn it down.

Hydrate.  Check veggies.  Done!  Hydrate.

Get the chicken and bring it to the cutting board and let it sit a bit.

Dump the rice on a serving platter.  Hydrate.

Slice the chicken, and if you feel you may have over-hydrated (not possible in my experience) you should count your fingers at this point (or have someone else do it) just to make sure none of your guests get a disgusting surprise.

Place the sliced chicken and any flowing juices on top of the veggies, find some serving spoons and serve.

While consuming, remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

This is a great meal, and an easy one, for home or camp.  Thanks for sharing it with me, Rich, and Bon Apetit!


  1. LMAO, as the as edited version of the e-mail is much better! ;-)

    One note, the recipe calls for red peppers not green. She who must be obeyed here, who not even allow green peppers in the house!

    1. Right you are, Rich, now that I look back at the email, nothing about green peppers. Oh well, its always fun to refer to "she who must be obeyed!"
      Glad you like the post!

  2. looks very good and no necessity of cleaning fish :-)

  3. Gary with the cost of beer and wine here in NB that could turn into a costly meal! Also I saw no mention of a short nap after preparing and before eating this gastronomic delight!!

    1. I dare say up your way the cost of hydration would be about quadruple the cost of the meal, Brian!

  4. The comment was from Brian C (hydrated too much already!!

  5. Looks good Gary.
    I may give it a try.

    1. Hope you do, Alan, it's really good!

    2. Tried it and it was good, now to cook the food!

    3. Danny, you've always been a man after my own heart!