International Hot and Spicy Food Day

What’s your favorite kind of workout? Do you like calming yoga, hardcore sprinting, or fun and free dancing? Maybe a little bit of everything? I’m finding myself heading to the gym ever day, even if it’s just for 30 minutes so I can get all the different exercises in that I want. I started a 16-week training program to run the Flying Pig Marathon for the second time, so I’m running 5 times a week. I also want some muscle tone, which should help with running, so I’m lifting weights twice a week. But the workout that really gets me smiling while I’m sweating is dancing. Clemson’s gym has tons of workout classes available, and the Werk It class is especially popular. For 60 minutes we get to just let loose and follow the steps of the instructor and not worry about how ridiculous we may look. It’s a beautiful thing! So my not-so-professional opinion is exercising to lose weight or let you eat whatever you want is all well and good, but finding a workout that makes the rest of your day smiley is worth doing at least once a week.

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

If you’ve seen my Instagram post for today, I admitted that I don’t eat much spicy food. I like it enough, but I can’t handle intense spiciness (at least not yet). Today was hot and spicy food day though, and I wasn’t going to miss out since I’ve never made a spicy recipe before. I actually had to google “spicy recipes” since I hadn’t ever considered making a recipe like this before, which is more than a little bit sad. I ended up with Jamaican Jerk Chicken, which ended up tasting both hot and delicious. So at least for me, this dish had just enough zing in it to make my mouth tingle!

Tips from Experience: Despite the recipe saying to toss the chicken in a bowl, it’s easier for refrigeration and clean-up if you toss all the spices and meat in a gallon ziploc bag. It also helps you get a more even distribution of flavors.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs chicken pieces
  • 4 stalks fresh scallions minced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 chili peppers stemmed and chopped
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oil (olive, peanut, vegetable)
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 4 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp jerk seasoning

Instructions

  1. Add the chopped scallions, garlic, and peppers to a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, jerk seasoning, soy sauce, oil, and lime juice. Add the chicken pieces and mix together until they're fully coated.

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  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

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  3. When you're ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 45-55 minutes and check to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through, either with a meat thermometer or by cutting a piece open at the thickest part.

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  4. Serve with rice and enjoy!

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