Perfect Jerk Chicken For Kwanzaa Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

Prep Details

Servings: 8

Calories per serving: 362 per serving


One 3 to 4 pound chicken

1/2 cup Jerk Mix

2 thyme sprigs, cut in half

1/2 head garlic, top third cut off and paper skin removed

2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 medium parsnip, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 medium Spanish onion, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pear, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 quince, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch cubes


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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using your hand, gently loosen the skin of the chicken breast. Generously rub half of the jerk mix under and all over the breast skin. Stuff half the thyme under the skin. put the garlic in the cavity of the chicken. Truss the chicken. Set aside on a plate.

2. Combine the Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potato, parsnip in a large pot and add enough salted water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and boil for about 10 minutes, until just slightly tender. Drain.

3. Toss the potatoes, sweet potato, parsnip, and onion with the remaining jerk mix, then spread the vegetables in a single layer in a roasting pan. Add the remaining thyme. Place the chicken on a roasting rack above the vegetables, and roast for 45 minutes.

4. Add the pear and quince to the roasting pan, increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F, and roast for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 160 degrees F and the juices run clear.