This is a quick and easy BBQ version of a classic Jamaican dish, jerk chicken, and makes a great meal for friends when cooked on the barbecue. You can buy jerk seasoning from a supermarket. Ask your butcher to joint a chicken for you, cutting it into eight pieces. Alternatively, use a mix of thighs and drumsticks.
Takes 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to cook, plus marinating
1. Put the jerk seasoning, soy sauce, tomato ketchup and honey into a big bowl and mix everything together.
2. Carefully cut slits in the chicken meat, without cutting all the way through. Put the chicken into the jerk mixture and use your hands or a spoon to move the chicken around so that it is coated in the seasoning. Wash your hands thoroughly. Cover the chicken and put in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or overnight, if possible.
3. Turn the oven on to 190°C/fan170°C/gas 5. Spoon the chicken and all the marinade into a heavy-based roasting tin lightly greased with a little oil.
4. Cut one of the chicken pieces open to check that it is not pink in the middle. Cook for another 5 minutes if it is at all pink, then check again. Serve with rice and peas.
Tip: To barbecue the chicken, preheat your barbecue in the usual way until it reaches the correct temperature. Cook the chicken, turning once, bearing in mind you may have to adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the size of the chicken pieces or how hot your barbecue is.
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