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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad Recipe


Jamaican Jerk ChickenThis Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad Recipe Zombie Style is our version of Jamaican Jerk Chicken. This delicious recipe for jerk chicken salad is a healthy alternative to a mayonnaise based chicken salad. It’s easy to make using Zach’s Genuine Caribbean Sauce, and you can make the chicken ahead of time.. then simply toss it with the salad greens and nuts or seeds when you’re ready to serve.

 Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad makes for a tasty treat in a brown bag lunch when made with Zach’s Caribbean Sauce. It’s blend of peppers and island spices will add some pep to your work day and make your tastebuds sing.  This jerk chicken salad recipe is perfect for a scrumptious light dinner, too.

1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
 A handful of flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon Zach’s Caribbean Sauce, or original Zach’s Zombie Sauce
The juice from 1 lime
½ teaspoon fresh thyme, stripped from the stem
½ teaspoon Jamaican curry (we like Betapac curry powder)
2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, sliced in thick strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bag salad leaves torn in bite size pieces
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 ounces mixed seeds and/or nuts (toasted hazel nuts are great!)

Place half of the onion and all of the parsley, thyme, Zach’s Caribbean Sauce (or Zombie Sauce), lime juice, white wine vinegar and curry powder in a blender.
Blend until smooth
Pour the mixture into a bowl
Toss the chicken in the mixture until it’s coated
Heat a frying pan until it’s hot
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and stir fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes
Add the rest of the onion and stir fry for another 2 minutes
Place the salad leaves in a bowl and toss them with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Remove and place on a plate.
Arrange your jerk chicken on top of the salad greens (or you can toss it all together if you want to!) and sprinkle the nut and seed mixture on top.

Serve the finished Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad, and be ready for the mouth-watering, spicy taste of the islands. (Background Calypso music optional)

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