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Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken

Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken is a flavorful and aromatic dish that captures the essence of Jamaican cuisine, known for its vibrant use of spices and seasonings. Named after the scenic coastal town of Runaway Bay in Jamaica, this dish typically features chicken marinated in a blend of traditional Jamaican spices and then grilled or baked to perfection.

Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken


Chicken: Bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces such as thighs, drumsticks, or a whole chicken cut into parts.

Marinade: A mixture of ingredients including allspice (pimento), Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, garlic, ginger, onions, lime juice, soy sauce, and brown sugar.

Herbs and Spices: Additional seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are often used to enhance the flavor.



Marinating: The chicken is marinated in the spice mixture for several hours or overnight to ensure the flavors deeply penetrate the meat.

Grilling/Baking: The marinated chicken is then grilled over a charcoal fire or baked in an oven until it is cooked through, with a slightly charred, caramelized exterior.


Accompaniments: Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken is typically served with rice and peas (kidney beans cooked with rice in coconut milk), fried plantains, and a side of steamed vegetables.

Garnishes: Fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley, and lime wedges for squeezing over the top.

Flavor Profile:

This dish is known for its complex and rich flavor profile:

Spicy: The Scotch bonnet peppers add a significant amount of heat.

Savory and Sweet: The combination of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and brown sugar creates a savory yet slightly sweet taste.

Aromatic: The use of allspice, thyme, and other spices imparts a warm, aromatic quality.


Serving Suggestions:
• Pair the Runaway Bay Jamaican Chicken with a side of mango salsa for a refreshing twist.
• For an extra touch, serve with Jamaican festival (a type of fried dumpling) or a simple green salad.

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