Country: Jamaica, Caribbean
Notes: This is by far our number one seller here at Alma de Amon. Our Rice and Beans con Pollo is a dish that is inspired by the Jamaican style of cooking called Jerk. Jerk is a style of cooking in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Normally Jerk seasoning is very spicy but our version is not as spicy as a traditional Jerk. Historians believe it was originally developed by African slaves who escaped into the wilds of Jamaica adapting to their new surroundings. The former slaves created the spicy sauce and slow cooked the meat over a smoking wood fire. The meat is normally, but not limited to, chicken or pork, and the main ingredients of the spicy jerk marinade sauce are allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers.
Rice and peas is how they say arroz y frijoles in the Caribbean. It is traditionally cooked with coconut milk in the Caribbean which is what we have recreated here as well. The ‘peas’ are the name that refers to the frijoles in the Caribbean. We also add green mango salad to finish up the dish.
Preparation: Our wet marinade is made and chicken thighs are marinated in it. We then bake the chicken in the oven until it’s tender. The rice and beans are made with coconut milk and served on the sides with green mango salad.