After making a fresh batch of Epis (zepis) I decided to put it to use on some boneless chicken breast I had thawing in the sink for dinner. If you’ve ever struggled with dry and bland chicken breast (say chicken chest in the Caribbean) you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try. Moist, tender and packed with flavors of that Haitian Epis. I’m not sure if there’s an actual Epis Chicken recipe in Haiti, but I was thoroughly impressed with this one.
3 skinless/boneless chicken breast
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt (add more to your liking)
1 tablespoon Haitian Epis
2 tablespoon coconut oil
Important! If making this dish gluten free, be sure to go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.
Season the cleaned chicken breasts with the salt, black pepper and Epis. Mix well and allow to marinate for 2 hours.
In a wide pan (one with a lid) heat the coconut oil (or use your fav oil) on a medium flame, then add the seasoned chicken breasts to the pot. Yes, it’s ok if the marinade goes in too. Immediately turn the heat down to low and cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip.
Now place the lid on the pot and cook on LOW for about 10-12 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, they should be near cooked. Remove the lid and cook on medium/high for another 5-8 minutes to burn off any excess liquid which would form naturally and to give the chicken a golden color.
Do remember to flip to brown and cook evenly. I then removed them from the pan and allowed it to rest for about 4 minutes before I sliced though. In the meantime I made a quick pan gravy in the same pan I pan roasted the chicken.
By seasoning and slow cooking you’re guaranteed to get tasty and moist chicken, without any fuss.