Bob Marley's Reggae: Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast Skewers, Chargrilled and Served with Creamy Cucumber Dipping Sauce and Yucca Fries

Total Time:
10 hr 15 min
10 hr
15 min

4 servings

  • For the Jerk Marinade:
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped scallion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground Jamaican pimento (allspice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 hot pepper, finely ground (or 2 Scotch bonnet peppers)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, dice 1/2-inch thick
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours
  • Green tai leaves
  • 2 pounds fresh Yucca, peeled, cut into fries
  • 1 recipe cucumber sauce, recipe follows
  • Fresh pineapple wedges
  • Cucumber Dipping Sauce:
  • 25 ounces cucumber
  • 7 ounces sour cream
  • 7 ounces mayonnaise
  • 1 -ounce cider vinegar
  • 1/2 -ounce salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 -ounce Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 -ounce chopped garlic
For the Jerk Marinade:
  • For the marinade: mix together onion, scallion, thyme, salt, sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, hot pepper, black pepper, soy sauce, oil and vinegar. These ingredients can also be combined in a food processor. Preheat the fryer. Skewer 2 1/2 ounces of chicken onto each skewer. Place the skewers in a shallow baking dish and cover with the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Place the skewers onto a hot grill and grill until done, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place the Yucca fries in the fryer and fry the fries until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt. Place 3 of the skewers on the left side of the plate. Place green tai leaf on the other end of the plate and top with a wedge of fresh pineapple. Place 6 ounces of cooked yucca fries in the middle of the plate. Place 3 ounces of cucumber sauce in a souffle cup next to the skewers and serve.

Cucumber Dipping Sauce:
  • Peel and seed cucumbers and roughly chop. Add sour cream and mayonnaise. Add rest of ingredients and puree in a blender. Yield: about 1 1/2 quarts

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