And now we present…. Grilled Caribbean Chicken. It was definitely not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting something full flavors (after all, Caribbean jerk chicken is usually pretty flavorful), but the flavor of this chicken is really quite subtle. Good, but subtle. I’m a little curious to see if marinating the chicken longer would make a difference or not. Reviewers of the recipe were quite divided. Some people said it was amazing after marinading 24 hours and others said it was still quite bland even after marinating for 24 hours. Perhaps someday I will try this recipe again and play around with it. Something needs to be done… either it needs to marinade longer (I only had time to marinade it for 2 hours) or it needs additional ingredients.
But without further ado…. here’s the recipe: All Recipes – Grilled Caribbean Chicken Breasts.
Step 1: Chopping, Mincing, Measuring, & Crushing
I went all natural and squeezed my own orange juice and lime juice, which was really fun (and made my hands & apartment smell simply amazing). I got enough for the recipe using 1 orange and 1 lime. And, if you plan ahead, you can get all the orange zest you need from that orange before you peel it! Getting the orange zest gave me quite a challenge… I ended up having to use the largest grater. The moist orange peel just clogged up all the smaller grates. But it adds a splash of color to the chicken to have large zest (the bright yellow-orange spots on the chicken are the zest).
I used a fairly sweet pepper sauce by Cornet Bay, so the final result wasn’t very spicy. I suppose if you used something spicier (such as Tabasco Sauce), it’ll at least give this bland chicken more of a kick…
Step 2: Marinate & Grill/Broil
Definitely marinate for as long as possible, up to 24 hours. My theory is that 2 hours is probably too short.
Then either broil or grill them according to the recipe! The grill’s still locked up for the winter, so I was stuck with broiling, but it was just fine.
Enjoy! I’ll keep you all posted if I find the secret to make this blander chicken recipe a little more… zesty.