Jerk chicken is seasoned with a mixture of thyme, cumin, red-pepper flakes, and garlic. Cool pineapple-cilantro rice balances the chicken's heat.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2000


Credit: John Blais

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  • In a small bowl, combine 1 1/2 teaspoonssalt, 1 teaspoon pepper, thyme, cumin, redpepper, garlic powder, paprika, cloves,nutmeg, allspice, and light-brown sugar.Set spice mixture aside.

  • Place 2 chicken breasts between layers ofplastic wrap. Pound chicken to a 1/2-inchthickness. Transfer to a glass baking dish,and repeat with remaining breasts. With allthe spice mixture, rub breasts on both sides.Cover with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to aboil. Stir in the rice, and reduce to a simmer.Cook until rice is tender but still firm, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain; rinse with cool water. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in the pineapple,cilantro, bell pepper, and olive oil. Seasonwith remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoonblack pepper. Cover, and chill.

  • Heat a grill or heavy grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken untilit is browned on both sides and cookedthrough, 4 to 5 minutes on each side.Serve with the cooled pineapple rice andlime wedges.