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In the Kitchen – Jerked Chicken Pasta

Jerked Chicken Pasta

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 Tbsp jerk seasoning
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup julienned bell pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 Tbsp crushed chili
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups penne pasta
fresh chopped tomatoes, for garnish

METHOD
1. Season chicken thighs with jerk seasoning and let marinate for 20 minutes. Grill chicken or bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. Set aside to cool and roughly chop.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion and bell peppers and saute for 3 minutes.
3. Add heavy cream, crushed chili, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Simmer for one minute.
4. Add pasta and chopped chicken. Mix together thoroughly and add more cheese if desired.
5. Garnish with chopped tomatoes for a fresh touch. Serve immediately.

Yield 2-4 servings

Jerk Seasoning

Ingredients
5 bundles green onions, chopped
6 medium onions, chopped
1 cup garlic cloves
1/2 cup pimento berries or allspice
4 scotch bonnet peppers
1/2 lb fresh ginger
6 sprigs thyme
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup crushed red chili
3 Tbsp black pepper
3 Tbsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp nutmeg
3 Tbsp caramel browning
1 cup oil
3 Tbsp all purpose seasoning

METHOD
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 months.

Yield 4 cups

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