Saturday, June 7, 2008

Pineapple-Stuffed Jerk Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (20 ounces each) pineapple chunks in juice, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • Cooked rice, for serving

1. In a small bowl, combine thyme, allspice, cayenne, 1/2 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; set spice mixture aside. In a medium bowl, stir together pineapple, lime juice, scallions, and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Season stuffing with salt and pepper, and set aside.

2. Lay chicken flat on a work surface. With a paring knife, cut a 2-inch-long slit in the thick side of each breast; insert knife, and pivot inside chicken without enlarging opening, carefully forming a deep pocket (make sure not to pierce the opposite side). Dividing evenly, tightly pack each breast with stuffing; rub exterior with oil, and sprinkle with spice mixture.

3. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; arrange chicken on sheet. Broil until chicken is opaque throughout and an instant-read thermometer inserted into stuffing reads 165, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve stuffed chicken with rice.

Serves 4

from Everyday Food

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