Jerk Chicken Tacos with slaw and spicy jerk Aioli
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First you need to make your own Jerk Spice Mix-

Jamaican jerk seasoning-
1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
I finished my spice mix off with a quick grind in a mortar & pestle
Ingredients-
3 Teaspoon Jerk seasoning
2 large chicken breasts sliced into strips
2 cups of shredded cabbage (add shredded carrot if you have it)
1/4 cup red onion sliced thin
handful of fresh cilantro
2 limes
canola oil
1/3 cup mayonnaise
fresh ground pepper
Sea salt
fresh corn tortillas
Directions-
1. Slice your chicken breast into 1 1/2 inch slices and rub to cover with some of your divided spices.
2. Heat some canola oil in a cast iron pan and cook your chicken, sprinkle more Jerk Spice on if you like it spicy! Preheat your tortilla’s while cooking the chicken
3. While the chicken cooks- make a quick slaw with your thinly sliced or shredded cabbage and carrots by tossing with oil and lime juice and seasoning, and make your aioli by adding a couple teaspoons Jerk spice and mix well.
4. Assemble your tacos with the slaw first, then chicken , then add some cilantro and aioli.  Serve with lime wedges.


 

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Spicy & Sour Chickpea tomato curry
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This is super easy and delicious.  Vegan too! (without the yogurt)  If you are not vegan it would be great served with some grilled, spicy chicken.  Serve on noodles, spinach or rice -whichever you prefer.  I added some scallions and cilantro and stirred in some nice Greek yogurt before eating.  Mango chutney would be good as well.

2 -19 oz cans of chickpeas, drained

2- 28 oz cans of tomatoes, (mash up any whole tomatoes with a masher before using)

2 Tbsp Tamarind concentrate mixed with 1/2 cup water

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped thin

1 Tbsp fresh garlic, pressed

1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced fine

1 tsp. Turmeric

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 heaping tsp. madras curry powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

coarse sea salt to taste

fresh ground black pepper

cilantro, scallions, Greek yogurt for condiments

washed spinach or cooked rice noodles or prepared Basmati rice for serving

 

Directions-

1. Heat 3 Tbsp oil over medium heat with the onions and a good dash of salt.  Stir often and cook until golden.

2. Add garlic, stir for 30 seconds, Add spices (turmeric, cayenne, Madras curry powder and cumin) and stir to combine.  Add Tamarind/water mixture, canned tomatoes, chickpeas and ginger.  Stir, bring to light boil and reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes or so.  Adjust for salt and add fresh ground black pepper.

3. Serve over rice, noodles or spinach.  Toss some fresh scallions and cilantro on each serving and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Serves about 8.  Around 295 calories per serving before rice or yogurt.

Do it!

 

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hot jalapeño jelly
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Store bought Jalapeño jellies are bland and artificially colored.  This one has kick.

Ingredients:

4 Green Peppers, washed, seeds removed

1- 12oz jar of sliced jalapeños, drained

1 washed jalapeño pepper

1 1/2 cups white vinegar

1/2 tsp. cayenne

6 1/2 cups sugar

4 boxes of certo

Directions:

1. Using a food processor, grind your green peppers and jalapeño pepper, next grind your drained sliced jalapeños. Not too runny, just lightly chunky.

2. Place all of the ground peppers in a heavy pot with the vinegar and cayenne and bring to boil, lower the heat and keep at a rolling boil for 10 minutes.

3. Add sugar (stirring in slowly) and return to boil. Boil for about 5 minutes.

4. Add certo and bring to boil again. Boil hard for 10 minutes.

5. Skim and jar in sterilized dry jars.

Serve with cream cheese and crackers or as a condiment on just about anything.

 

 

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