I’ve been back from my St. Lucia vacation for a week, and though I was unable to bring the beautiful weather back to cold Kansas, I was able to bring a little bit of Caribbean flavor into my home.
The first meal the teacher man and I had together when I got home was a tasty adaption of this Caribbean Jerk Chicken recipe. I ventured out to Penzeys to pick up some Caribbean jerk seasoning to combine with my other herbs and spices (namely salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, chives and, because I’m a hothead, extra cayenne).
The teacher man and I decided against the butter sauce and bananas in this recipe and instead chose to add a simple salad and save room for dessert (although I usually never decline butter!). The recipe called for the chicken breasts to be dipped in red wine; we opted to soak them in a bit of California Zinfandel before dipping them in the savory spices.
Zin pairs perfectly with peppery Caribbean jerk seasoning; I was especially excited about this bottle because, even though it’s a California red, the peaks on the bottle reminded me of St. Lucia’s famous landmark, the Pitons.
We used a simple grill pan to sear the chicken breasts and then finished them off in a cast iron skillet in the oven. The turnout was perfect: Juicy, spicy chicken with enough heat to keep us warm in these below-freezing nights! The best part, though? This is a simple, easy dinner for weeknights that won’t take too much of your precious evening time!
What are some of your favorite warming foods? What recipes are your easy weeknight go-to’s? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!
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