Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken + Sweet Plantains

Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken + Sweet Plantains

This Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken + Sweet Plantains recipe is a really great play on spicy and sweet! Inspired by the traditional Jamaican favorite--Jerk Chicken, this recipe creates a modern feel and is nothing short of flavor. Easy to make and does not require much time in the kitchen, despite the intricate look of this dish.

Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Creator Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Must-Haves:

  • 2 Medium chicken breasts, cooked + shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp organic brown sugar
  • pinch dried parsley, garnish
  • 4 ripe plantains, sliced in halves
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium skillet or cast iron pan on medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil and add bell peppers, jalapeno, and tomatoes, tossing frequently until slightly softened (about 2 minutes). 

  2. Add in shredded chicken breasts, jerk seasoning, BBQ sauce, pinch of sea salt, and brown sugar, stirring until well incorporated. Next, add chicken stock and continue to stir until everything is fully combined. Reduce heat to low and let chicken simmer while covered, about 10-15 minutes. **NOTE: Be sure to check chicken every few minutes and stir as needed to prevent everything from drying too quickly**

  3. In the meantime, add 1/2 cup of vegetable oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once fully heated, add sliced ripe plantains (side by side), cooking them on each side until golden brown and soft, about 3 minutes each side. Once fully cooked, remove from pan and place in a plate lined with paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Repeat until all plantains are done.

  4. Serve shredded chicken in a small bowl or plate and add sweet plantains on the side. Garnish everything with a pinch of dried parsley, if desired.

  5. Bon Appetit!