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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jammin Jerk Chicken, Mango Salsa & Cilantro Lime Rice

It may look like winter outside; but, it was all about summer in our home this week.  I had an orange from the fruit that my in-laws brought over and thought it would be great in a jerk marinade

I used a recipe that I found on McCormick's website for a jerk seasoning paste. 

1 tablespoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Mediterranean Herb Seasoning
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 tablespoon Orange Juice

A tablespoon of Orange Juice wasn't very much, I thought, with the amount of powdered seasonings. I went ahead and used all of the juice of the halved orange.   

 Sometimes you just have to get your hands dirty...

Once the marinade is all rubbed into the chicken tenders, I covered them and refrigerated them for 24 hours.  You don't have to marinate them that long if you don't have that kind of time.  The recipe doesn't actually say that you have to marinate them at all.  This worked for me.

Prior to grilling the chicken, I prepared the Mango Salsa and refrigerated it to allow the flavors to blend together.  I like to use Ellie Krieger's recipe for the salsa. 

Mango Salsa

1 mango, peeled and diced  

1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno

1/3 cup diced red onion

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

Salt and pepper

Combine the mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

I have used this basic recipe with both fresh mango and fresh pineapple and love each one of them so much.  She uses cucumber in her recipe and I generally leave that out of mine.  This salsa is good on grilled meat or on tortilla chips.   We have it a lot in the summer.

I thought the jerk chicken and the mango salsa would be perfect with a recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice that I recently discovered on one of my favorite blogs, MEATLESS MEALS for MEAT EATERS.  You can find the recipe here.

I used brown basmati rice for my version of this dish and added some grated lime zest to kick up the citrus flavor even more.  This recipe was absolutely wonderful with the Grilled Chicken and Mango Salsa.  I will be making this again and again, I'm sure, to go with other meals too.  Thanks Miriam!

This meal was a healthy taste of summer for us in the middle of winter and I don't think we could have enjoyed it any more than we did.   

Isn't it pretty?

I'm linking these dishes up with Miz Helen

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Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Thanks so much for stopping by,


  1. The chicken dish is pretty and looks delicious.

  2. Hello Candace,

    Thank you for stopping by today. Somehow I had been thinking about you since the other day you posted about weight and watching what you eat. Maybe because this has been a hard week for me in that area. :)

    New England is a place I would love to visit sometime.

    Can you believe I had never have mango salsa. Maybe it is time for my to try it. I think, it will also go great roasted chicken.

    Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love anything with cilantro {called coriander here :)} and everything else sounds delicious, too!! I also have experienced the big move (TX to IA then IA to Scotland), I feel ya.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, too. :)

  4. I have never made Jerk Chicken. I've eaten a lot of it but never made it myself. I think I need to make this soon! :0)

  5. OMG, this meal is the most beautiful and looks just like "better weather"! I want to try this too.

  6. That does look most excellent! Did you use an indoor grill or did y'all brave the cold and snow and grill it outside?

  7. Great looking meal! That chicken looks fantastic, such great flavor! We love jerk chicken!

  8. Thanks for the shout out, I'm so glad you liked the rice and your additions are a great idea! That mango salsa sounds TO DIE FOR too!!! Have a fabulous weekend!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  9. Hi Candace,
    Oh my goodness...this is an outstanding meal. Jummin Jack Chicken with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Lime Rice it all just looks delicious and I would like to have it right now. Thank you so much for sharing all this goodness with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and come back soon!

  10. That salsa looks wonderful. I think it would be great to send for all of Donnie's potlucks. Girl with all these great recipes I think food network will be calling you soon.

  11. Ohhhhh, this looks really delicious!!

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