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Emeril's Caribbean Chicken

Sweet spices and hot chiles give the flavor of the islands to this chicken dish.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 4 scallions, ends trimmed, cut into thirds
  • 2 to 4 Scotch bonnet or jalapeno chiles (or to taste), stems and seeds removed (use gloves)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), giblets and liver discarded
  • Vegetable oil, for grates
  • Coarse salt

Cook's Note

Butterflying reduces the bird's cooking time -- ask your butcher to do it, or see step 2. To give the meat big taste, puree the marinade ingredients into a smooth paste. Plenty of (hands-off) marinating time deepens the flavor.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a food processor, combine scallions, chiles, garlic, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and thyme; puree into a thick paste. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    To butterfly chicken: Using a knife or poultry shears, cut out the backbone. With a heavy pot, crack breastplate so the bird lays flat. Place butterflied chicken in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Rub reserved paste over chicken, and seal bag. Refrigerate for 12 hours (or up to 1 day).

  3. Step 3

    Heat grill to medium-low; lightly oil grates. Wipe chicken with paper towels to remove excess paste, and season with 1 tablespoon coarse salt. Place, skin side down, on grill and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 165 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes (if browning too quickly, move to a cooler part of grill). Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2008

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Reviews (5)

  • 30 Jun, 2014

    Pumkin Spice = 4 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp allspice, 1tsp nutmeg

  • 7 Jun, 2011

    I have made this quite a few times. I marinate mine at least over night. It always comes out tasty. Since it's only me I think next time I will make it with cornish hens..

  • 5 Sep, 2008

    I WILL TRY THIS, BECAUSE I LOVE ALL OF EMERIL'S RECIPES. I WILL BUY THE PUMPKIN SPICE AT THE GROCERY. DID KNOW WHAT WAS IN IT, BUT HAVE FORGOTTEN. SORRY!

  • 10 Aug, 2008

    Delicious!! I'll make this again for sure.

    Jeanne

  • 10 Aug, 2008

    would like to know whats in 'umpkin pie spice' please?