Jamaican Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken

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The Best Dressed Chicken
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For the chicken:
  • 1 4 lb. Best Dressed chicken cut into parts, skin on
For the rub:
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves picked from the stem
  • 2 stalks scallion finely chopped
  • 1 small green scotch bonnet finely minced or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pimento powder
  • 1” fresh ginger grated
  • 1 t sea salt
  • For garnish: ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
For the glaze:
  • 1 jar or 12 oz of your favourite mango or guava jam
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons water plus more if needed
Jamaican Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken
  • Pat the chicken pieces dry.
  • Place all the rub ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine. Using gloves, apply the seasoning all over the chicken. Cover and marinate for an hour or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • While the chicken is marinating, place the ingredients for the glaze in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, adding a little more water if necessary. You want the glaze to be thick and syrupy. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bring the chicken to room temperature and place skin side up on a rimmed, greased baking tray. Place the tray in the hot oven and bake uncovered for 30 mins.

  • Lower the heat to 350 and brush on the glaze. Re-apply the glaze every 10 mins and cook for approximately another 20 - 30 mins. or until chicken is cooked. Test for doneness. Chicken is cooked when a knife inserted into the breast or thigh release juices that run clear or when a meat thermometer inserted into the breast reads 165 degrees F or 170 degrees for thigh.

  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately with the rest of the glaze and your favourite sides.
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