Jamaican Jerk Chicken + Shrimp

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Back in May I went to Jamaica and ate Jerk Chicken basically every single day. When we got home I knew I needed to continue making it because it was such a simple, delicious, and different way to eat boring old chicken. I search online for a Jerk Seasoning and landed on this one. To marinate the chicken (and shrimp) in the marinate for a few hours or overnight before throwing it on the grilled. I served it with grilled onions and zucchini and fried plantains (these were amazing!).

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This isn’t really a recipe– but the combination was great! And it took me back to vacation minus the 10,000 mosquitos. Give it a try. Who isn’t looking for more ways to eat chicken?

It was my first time making fried plantains and they were soooo good! To stay with the island theme, I used coconut oil. Just peel and cut the one plantain diagonally into coins about a 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Add to a medium hot pan with 2 tbsp coconut oil. Fry on each side for about 4 minutes or until the plantain begins to brown. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Add back into the pan and smash, so they are flattened and cook for another 2-3 minutes on each side. I highly recommend!

Here are some other pictures from the trip!

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An overcast day but still a beautiful view of Boston Bay, Portland Parish where we stayed for the week.

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The AMAZING jerk chicken we ate as often as possible. It was so incredibly moist.

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My packed breakfast that I ate every morning. We weren’t at a resort and only had a small fridge in the room so I packed what I knew I would eat and made some overnight oats/ chia pudding with protein powder each night. Saved tons of money and ensured I got in some good sources of fiber and protein each morning. Yes, I packed almond milk.

Jamaican Breakfast

One day we opted for our host to make us breakfast. SO.MUCH.BUTTER.

Jamaican Chicken Sausage

I can’t remember what this was called but it was some kind of chicken sausage our host made sure we tried. The BEST dinner we had was 2 whole fish at a near by restaurant. It was too dark for pictures but it was Escovitch style. Possibly the best fish dish I’ve ever had. I was in desperate need of green vegetables when we got home! Plantains, breadfruit, and coleslaw were basically the only options.

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A good part of my diet for the week was made up of Red Stripe 🙂

Vacation was really remote and relaxing! It was nice to check out for a while, especially with very spotty internet. Jamaica was so beautiful and I am so glad we got to see so much countryside since we were about 3 hours from Kingston.

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