Jamaican Jerk-Spiced Chicken with a Side of Politician

by | Dec 20, 2017 | chicken, Dinner and a Conversation, recipes | 0 comments

What are we cooking today?

The scent of jasmine rice simmering in coconut milk and fragrant jerk-spiced chicken thighs will have you feeling all types of amazing ways. Add some Crunchy cucumber salad with lime and scallions cool and refresh the mild heat. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

This Recipe is from Marley Spoon a great home delivery services.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
― James Herriot

Recipe Stats
  • 30 – 40 minutes

  • easy

  • Calories 942kcal, Fat 53.7g, Proteins 45.9g, Carbs 64.2g
  • Wheat and Soy. May contain traces of other allergens. Packaged in a facility that packages gluten containing products.



Postive Vibes

Our dinner table


Born and raised in Brooklyn

Generation: Late Millennial

Age: late 30’s

Gender: women


Born and raised in Cambridge

Generation: Millennial

Age: 20’s

Gender: Man


Born and Raised in Cambridge

Generation: X

Age Late: 30’s

Gender: Man

In qualities of a politician what do you find is the most important, Honesty, Likability, or Empathy? Choose one and explain why.

Daniela: Honesty-knowing the truth is the best way to trust someone

Mark: The most important quality out of honesty, likability and empathy would be empathy as it accounts for the other two. An empathetic p[resident is one that cares and has regard for the plight for other and therefore has shown a consideration for other when in the process of decision making.

Scott: I would have to say Empathy for me is the most important. They are supposed to represent me and I want them to have an understanding of what struggles I have.


When choosing a candidate what’s more important to you? There political views on Gun Control, Immigration, or Income inequality? Rank them in order of importance (1 being most important).


  1. Gun Control
  2. Immigration
  3. Income inequality


  1. Gun control
  2. Income inequality
  3. Immigration


  1. Income Inequality
  2. Gun Control
  3. Immigration
1. Prep ingredients

Preheat oven to 400°F. Zest lime, then cut in half. Cut 1 lime half into wedges, reserve other half for step 5. Peel and finely chop 1 large clove garlic. Trim ends from scallions, then thinly slice, separating whites and greens. Pat chicken dry. Using a sharp knife, trim excess fat and skin, and make 2 bone-deep gashes into the skin side of each thigh.

2. Make jerk spice paste

Place garlic, jerk spice, 2 tablespoons oil, half of the lime zest, and ½ teaspoon salt into a small bowl and mix well to combine. Rub spice paste all over chicken, mostly into the gashes.

3. Sear & roast chicken

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Turn chicken skin side-up, place in oven; roast until cooked through and skin is golden brown, 15–17 minutes. Spread coconut flakes on foil, toast until golden, about 30 seconds (watch closely, coconut can burn quickly).

4. Make rice

Meanwhile, open and stir coconut milk. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add scallion whites and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Add rice and stir to coat. Add ⅔ cup of the coconut milk, ½ cup water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 17 minutes.

5. Make cucumber salad

Thinly slice cucumbers on the diagonal and transfer to a medium bowl. Add remaining lime zest, half of the scallion greens, and a pinch salt. Squeeze reserved lime half into bowl and toss to combine.

6. Finish

Transfer chicken to a platter; discard fat from skillet. Add ¼ cup water to skillet and cook, scraping up browned bits. Boil until slightly reduced, 1 minute. Transfer pan sauce to a bowl. Fluff rice, spoon onto plates. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and remaining scallion greens. Serve alongside chicken and cucumber salad; pour pan sauce over chicken. Enjoy!

What’s more important to you when you are choosing a candidate? There Attractiveness, there voice/Speech patterns or the attractiveness of their family. Choose one and explain why.

Daniela: I don’t think any of those qualities are what I would look for in a candidate. I would look for knowledge of topics and a strong character. But if I had to choose one it would be there voice and speech patterns.

Mark: The attractiveness of their family as it is a reflection of who they are and how they choose to present themselves to the world. It takes a village to back a great president.

Scott: Its simple for me if you cant choose a quality family how can I trust you to make important decisions. If your home isn’t right how can your run the rest of your life.