I’m always excited when this time of the year comes around, especially after such a harsh and bitter winter. I LOVE cooking on an open flame, so the annual “July’s Month Of Grilling” is when you’ll see another level of energy come out in me (watch my videos). In this recipe we’ll take key Caribbean ingredients, such as mango, coconut milk, ginger, honey, limes, fresh herbs and scotch bonnet pepper to make an exciting marinade for chicken, pork and fish.
3 chicken breasts (boneless | about 2.5 – 3 lbs)
1 large mango (diced)
1/2 cup chopped shado beni (or 1 cup cilantro)
2 sprigs thyme
1 tablespoon grated ginger
4 cloves garlic
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 limes (juice)
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (no seeds)
2 tablespoon honey
1 cup water (divided – half for blending marinade and 1/2 for cooking marinade)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
The key to this Caribbean style grilled chicken recipe is the marinade, so let’s get started. In a food processor or blender, place all the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency. Then wash and pat the chicken pieces dry. I used skinless|boneless chicken breasts, but you can use an chicken pieces you like (adjust to cooking time). This recipe can do between 5-8 lbs of chicken easily.
Place the chicken pieces in a bowl (or large zipper lock bag) and pour in half of the marinade and mix well to coat the entire chicken breasts. Seal and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best). Save the other half of marinade.
Now it’s time to grill. Basically grill the chicken as you’d normally do. In my case I placed the remaining marinade in a metal container and placed it on the flame to heat up. With my grill at about 375 -400 F and with low flame directly under the chicken and higher flame on the side (3 burners on my grill), I grilled the chicken for about 20-25 minutes. Remember to flip so they cook evenly. The last 3-5 minutes, I basted the chicken pieces with the extra (hot) marinade so the chicken breasts did go dry. It also added even more flavor as the sugars in the marinade caramelized with the open flame. (do discard the marinade the chicken pieces were sitting in)
You’ll notice that I was a bit stingy with the salt as I’m trying to cut back on my sodium intake, so do adjust accordingly. I squeezed on some fresh lemon juice while the chicken pieces were still warm (do serve warm) for a citrus finish. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handling scotch bonnet peppers and don’t include any seeds as it will take the heat level up.