Nico lights up his barbecue to show us how to make Jerk chicken and serves it a truly Irish way, as a chicken fillet roll. This is Nico's take on his dual Irish Jamaican heritage. And on the side easy, tasty, delicious fried plantain - a Jamaican classic.

Ingredients

Jerk Chicken Fillet Roll & Fried Green Plantain Chips
Serves: 4

For the chicken:

  • 1 large onion, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 3 spring onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Thumb sized piece ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 50ml dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • Juice of one lime
  • 50mls thyme vinegar
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded
  • 8 x boneless and skinless chicken thighs

To serve:

  • 1 red onion
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 4 x white demi baguettes
  • 100g mayonnaise
  • 50g butter
  • 1/2 head Iceberg lettuce, shredded

Equipment:

  • 4 metal skewers
  • Mini blender

Fried Green Plantain Chips

Serves 4

  • 4 x green plantain, firm
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sea salt flakes

Method

Jerk Chicken Fillet Roll & Fried Green Plantain Chips

  1. Blend the onion, spring onions, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy, all spice, pepper, lime, thyme vinegar and scotch bonnet in a mini blender or food processor until very finely chopped, it won't be smooth.
  2. Put your chicken thigh fillets in a dish, pour the marinade over and toss to coat the chicken in the marinade.
  3. Leave for at least 30 minutes or overnight if you can.
  4. Peel and thinly slice red onion and put it in a small bowl with the lime juice, this will need at least 15 minutes but the longer you can leave it the better because the onions will turn pink.
  5. Light your barbecue when you are ready to cook the chicken, bringing it to a medium high heat.
  6. Thread your marinated chicken thighs through two sets of parallel metal skewers, this helps to turn the chicken.
  7. Put your chicken on the barbecue to cook until they meat is cooked through and has reached an internal temperature of 75c
  8. Meanwhile, slice your baguettes in half lengthways, spread with mayonnaise and butter. Arrange the iceberg inside.
  9. Slice your chicken, and add this to the rolls and finish with the pickled red onions.

Fried Green Plantain Chips

  1. To remove the plantain skin, cut each end, using a sharp knife, cut a slit along the length and then peel off the skin. Thinly slice the plantain, using a mandolin if you have one.
  2. Pour about 2 inches/ 5 cm of oil into a high sided pan and heat the oil until it is rippling hot.
  3. Carefully add your plantain pieces and fry for about 30 seconds or until they float to the top. Flip them carefully, so they cook golden on both sides.
  4. Scoop the plantain from the oil using a slotted spoon or spider onto a tray lined with kitchen paper. Sprinkle generously with sea salt immediately and serve.