Jerk Chicken with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
My regular followers will know about one of my popular recipes for babies and toddlers – Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potato fries are delicious and the light dusting of spices in my recipe makes for a great alternative, flavoursome finger food for babies and toddlers.
Whilst babies and toddlers enjoy the yummy taste of the sweet potato nicely complimented by the nutmeg and cinnamon, they are tasty enough for adults too! Making this finger food a great accompaniment to a family meal.
So I made this for dinner last night – Jerk Chicken with a side of Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Corn on the Cob.
It was so easy and really tasty. Cooking the sweet potato fries alongside a main family meal means you don’t need to cook different meals for different members of the family… Whilst baby will enjoy munching on the sweet potato fries and pieces of sweetcorn (mashed if necessary), the rest of the family can enjoy a delicious Jerk Chicken meal with all of the trimmings.
Here’s the recipe…
Total preparation and cooking time – 50-55 mins
Serves a family for four
1 whole chicken – skinless, cut into 8 pieces
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp Jerk Chicken seasoning
Score the chicken pieces so the jerk seasoning flavour can get inside the chicken and place in a bowl. Then add the jerk seasoning to the chicken, along with the oil and using your hands combine well. Leave to marinate for a minimum of half an hour.
Then place flat on a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven (180C/ 350F/ Gas mark 4) for 35-40 mins or until tender and the juices run clear.
Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
4 medium sweet potatoes – peeled, washed, cut into 2″ fries
In a bowl add the oil, cinnamon, nutmeg and stir. Add the fries to the bowl and give it a good toss to coat them with the seasoning. Lay them flat on a foil-covered baking tray and place on the middle shelf. Bake until tender, turning over half way.
Usually I would cook the sweet potato fries in a pre-heated oven at 200C/400F/gas mark 6. But for ease, you may want to put them in the oven at the same time as the chicken at the lower temperature of (180C/ 350F/ Gas mark 4), for 35-40 mins (instead of 20-25mins at a higher temperature). This way your chicken and fries will be done at the same time and you only need one oven.
Corn on the Cob
6 sweet corn cobettes (or 3 large sweet corn – halved)
Knob of butter
Cracked black pepper
When there is only 5 minutes left until your chicken and fries are done, steam the sweetcorn in the microwave according to packed instructions (approx 5mins). Remove from the bowl and whilst hot, place in another dish and top with butter and black pepper. Serve alongside the jerk chicken and spicy sweet potato fries for a delicious family meal.
Note: Allow the sweet potato fries and sweetcorn to cool before serving to your little one.
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