Recipe courtesy of Tregaye Fraser

Grilled Jerk Chicken Skewers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 9 hr 15 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
These skewers feature the flavorful trio of jerk chicken, mango and pineapple. The chicken gets its signature kick from a sweet-salty-spicy marinade, which is also used on the sliced sweet potatoes cooked alongside. Though it's hard to beat the Jamaica method of grilling jerk chicken over pimento wood, using a backyard gas or charcoal grill will still deliver a satisfying smoky char. All you need to complete the summery feast is a simple green salad.



Special equipment:
four 10- to 12-inch metal skewers
  1. Combine the oil, thyme, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, allspice, scallions, garlic, chiles, ginger, shallot, lime juice, 2 teaspoons salt and several grinds of black pepper in a food processor and pulse until you have a coarse paste; this is the marinade. Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade and refrigerate, covered, for later use. Combine the remaining marinade with the chicken in a medium bowl and massage it into the meat, 1 to 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Prepare a grill for medium-high indirect heat (for a gas grill, leave one or two burners on low or off; for a charcoal grill, bank the coals on one side of the grill). Lightly brush the grill grates with oil.  
  3. Combine the sweet potatoes with the reserved 1/4 cup marinade in a medium bowl, tossing to coat; set aside. Thread a piece of chicken, pineapple and then mango onto one of four 10- to 12-inch metal skewers. Continue threading the ingredients in an alternating pattern until you have 4 pieces of each ingredient on the skewer. Repeat with the remaining skewers. 
  4. Grill the sweet potatoes over direct heat, turning once, until lightly charred on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Move them to the indirect side of the grill and place the skewers over the direct heat. Cook, turning the skewers occasionally, until they are dark golden all over, about 10 minutes.  
  5. Cover the grill and close the air vents halfway so the temperature remains around 350 degrees F. Cook until the sweet potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes more.  
  6. Transfer the skewers and sweet potatoes to a large platter and serve with a green salad.