In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

The Ultimate Jerk Chicken Dip.

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Though we don’t have a traditional ‘dip’ culture when it comes to food, that’s quickly changing as we start experimenting with local ingredients, flavors and influenced by cuisines from distant shores. With the Super Bowl just days away, this Jerk Chicken Dip is one of the most requested recipes since I announced I’ll be doing a Super Bowl Series (see Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chicken Chili – other recipes in the series). 

You’ll Need…

4 chicken thighs (skin and bone)
1 cup jerk marinade
1/2 cup beer (optional)

1/4 red bell pepper
1/4 orange bell pepper
2 scallions
1 block plain cream cheese
3/4 cup diced pineapple
3/4 cup jerk bbq sauce
2 heaping tablespoon sour cream
3/4 cup grated cheddar

* Remember to reserve some of the ingredients for topping the dip before placing in the oven. I did not add any salt to this dish as I find that both the jerk marinade and BBQ sauce will have enough. but you can certainly adjust to your own taste. The cheeses will also have a sodium element. If you want this extra spicy you can add a bit of your fav peppersauce (hot sauce) or finely diced Caribbean Sunshine – Scotch Bonnet pepper.

I used chicken thighs with both the skin and bones on, but you can use a couple large chicken breasts. I like keeping the skin on as it protects the chicken from over-drying in the oven. In a bowl, place the chicken thighs, beer and jerk marinade (use store bought – your fav) and allow to marinate for a couple hours (in the fridge). Then place on a baking tray line with parchment or tin foil in a preheated 400F oven for 25-30 mins depending on the thickness of your chicken thighs.

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As the oven jerk chicken cools so we can safely remove (and discard the bones, skin and any visible fat) so we can shred it, we can go ahead and chop the peppers, scallions and pineapple. I used canned pineapple which I drained.

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In a large bowl place the room temperature (soft) cream cheese and sour cream and whisk. Then go in with the other ingredients (except the cheddar) and fold. Be sure to leave back about 1 to 2 table spoon of the jerk BBQ sauce, peppers, scallion and shredded chicken to place on top. I had homemade jerk BBQ sauce but it’s cool to use the stuff from the store to save time. Preheat your oven to 300F.

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Place into an oven-proof dish and top with the reserved ingredients and grated cheddar (or your fav cheese) . In my case I used a pie dish as I was too lazy to go downstairs to get my ‘dip’ dish.

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Your oven should be at temperature now, place on the middle rack for about 25 mins and get ready to enjoy one of the BEST dips you’ll ever make/serve/enjoy!

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I know you’re probably wondering if you can make this in advance. Yes, prepare it all and leave in the fridge for a couple days and bake-off when you’re ready.. you may need to give it an extra 5 mins in the oven if making it from the fridge. This is best served warm, but still maintains it’s taste and textures if cool.

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