Jerk Chicken with Creamy Jamaican Sauce

Recipe by Brandon McDearis

Let's face it. Chicken can get boring. So add some spice into your life with some delicious Jerk Chicken with Creamy Jamaican Sauce. It's just the recipe to get you out of your eating rut.

INGREDIENTS:

6 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
2 scallions
1 small onion
1 jalapeno
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Truvia brown sugar blend
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup reduced-sugar ketchup
1 tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk

PREPARATION:

Put all ingredients except chicken and coconut milk in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Arrange chicken thighs in a large dish and pour marinade over top. Marinade for 4-24 hours, turning chicken over occasionally.
Remove chicken from the marinade and put the marinade into a pot. Preheat grill or oven. Grill at medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes on each side under direct heat or roast in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached.
Bring the marinade to a simmer and whisk in the coconut milk. Bring that to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and reduce about one-third of the way until the sauce becomes somewhat thick and creamy. Brush the sauce over the chicken while grilling or baking in the oven. Drizzle the rest of the sauce on top of the chicken when serving.

YIELD: 6 servings

PER SERVING: CALORIES 511 | FAT 39G | CARBOHYDRATES 9G | FIBER 3G | NET CARBOHYDRATES 6G | PROTEIN 31G