Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jerk Chicken on Foccacia

I mentioned in a previous post my love for Ramsi's Jamaican chicken sandwich. Inspired by a recent post with a recipe for homemade foccacia, I decided to try to make the sandwich at home....and it saves a two hour trip to Louisville to eat at my very favorite restaurant!
The result??
Well, it wasn't quite the same, but when you make things at home they never are right? It was really good though and had the hints of flavor that reminded me of the real deal (without the spiciness that makes your nose run). I didn't leave the dinner table wishing I had just driven to Ramsi' I would definitely make this again when I'm longing for the "Jerk."
Following my penny-pinching budget, I made everything at home...including the Jerk seasoning and foccacia. Total cost: about $2.50 (for 4 extra bread which my daughter loved)

3 c flour (or bread flour)
1 Tbl dried rosemary
1 Tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
2-1/4 tsp yeast
3 Tbl olive oil
1 c warm water
2 Tbl olive oil
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
  • Mix 1 cup flour with rosemary, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add 3 T olive oil and water. Beat 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour till dough forms and leaves sides. Knead 5-8 minutes till smooth and springy.  Place ingredients in a greased bowl and rise 30 minutes or until doubled.
  • Grease 2 cookie sheets with oil. Deflate dough and shape into two 10 inch circles. Cover with plastic wrap  and rise 30 minutes or until doubled. 
  • Preheat oven to 400*. Make finger dents about 2 inches apart in bread. Brush with 2 Tbl oil and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden. While baking...make the chicken.
Jerk Seasoning (makes 1/3 c)
2 Tbl onion powder
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl salt
1 Tbl garlic powder
1 Tbl thyme
1-1/2 tsp all spice
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp red pepper, ground (more or less as desired)

1-lb chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • Heat oil to medium. While warming place chicken in bag and cover with about 2 Tbl Jerk seasoning. Shake to coat. 
  • Place chicken in skillet and cook. I sprinkled some extra seasoning on during cooking.
  • When bread is done, cut each circle into 6 triangles. Place one triangle on each plate, top with chicken and another triangle to make each sandwich.
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  1. This looks good! The flavor of the seasoning looks good! Thanks!

  2. that looks awesome... i have never made bread... maybe tonight is the night

  3. It is so good! Bread isn't hard...just time consuming! I love knowing what is in my ingredients I can't pronounce. It has to be healthier that way too, right?


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