Simple Slow Cooked Coconut and Jerk Chicken with Rice

Good Morning Guys!

Before I get cracking on the sentimental hoard I need to get in a relaxed mood by  sharing a favourite recipe from Chez Wright!

The original recipe came from my favourite slow cooker book –

Ultimate Slow Cooker by Sara Lewis. (not an affiliate link)

I’ve adapted the recipe to include less ingredients and therefore make it more frugal and simpler to cook.

Brace yourself for not so great a photo of last nights meal! (Really need to start using a camera rather than my blackberry! – just too tempting to take a quick snap and e-mail it to myself. You get the idea from the snap anyway!)

Simple Coconut and Jerk Slow-Cooked Chicken with Rice 

Serves 2 Adults (Medium Portions) and 2 children, or 2 large Adult portions and a light lunch the next day!

You will need:

  • Standard Slow Cooker (I use Lil’Bill)
  • 4 x Chicken Thighs (I use Free Range)
  • Jerk Marinade/Sauce (I use Reggae Reggae Sauce – Levi Roots’ Fab Recipe)
  • 1 x Large Onion (Chopped)
  • 1 x Garlic Clove (Crushed)
  • 14floz (400ml) Can of Coconut Milk (I use reduced fat)
  • 1/2 pint (300ml) Chicken Stock
  • 14floz (400ml) Can of Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 7oz (200g) Easy-Cook White Long Grain Rice
  • 4oz (125g) Frozen Peas
  • 4oz (125g) Frozen Sweetcorn
Instructions for this tasty and yet so easy recipe!
  1. Turn Slow Cooker onto High
  2. Slit the top of each Chicken Thigh with a knife – approx 3-4 times
  3. Pour approx 1 tablespoon of marinade on each thigh and rub in. Place in the bottom of the slow cooker. If you like your chicken nicely marinated, you could do this the night before and leave in the fridge overnight. Also great if prepping in advance so you can chuck all the prepped ingredients in the cooker first thing before leaving for work.
  4. Peel and chop onion and crush the garlic clove and add to cooker.
  5. Pour over the can of coconut milk and hot stock.
  6. Stir in the drained and rinsed kidney beans.
  7. Place lid on cooker and reduce heat to low and leave for approx 8 hours. Minimum 6 hours.
  8. 1 hour before serving, check the chicken is nicely cooked by stirring the mixture, the chicken should start to shred and break up. Remove a strip and test it. If unsure use a meat thermometer – it is very important poultry is thoroughly cooked.
  9. Then add the Easy Cook Rice and stir, increase temperature to high and replace lid.
  10. 45 minutes later and 15 minutes before serving, add the frozen peas and sweetcorn – stir and replace lid.
Serve and enjoy! This dish really is fantastically easy and so very tasty. My toddler son loves it also as it is pretty mild – it certainly isn’t for those who crave a really hot dish, although I am sure if you added more marinade to the mixture it would spice things up – I may try that when the little ones aren’t joining us for dinner as I love hot and spicy food!

*Don’t forget that as tempting as it may be to lift the lid and have a stir or a sniff of the lovely aroma, that every time you do it will increase cooking time by 20 minutes.  Reduce the need to stir by always ensuring that you have stirred well when adding everything initially, and only lift lid were instructed in the recipe to add further ingredients.

** Please note that I am not a qualified nutritionist or professional cook.  My recipes are what I put together at home and all amounts etc… are approximate. What I write is my own experience of cooking the recipe.  Ovens and ingredients do vary – just go with it,  have fun and apply common sense at all times!  Practise makes perfect!

If you do try this great recipe let me know how it goes and whether you have improved upon it, in the comments below…


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  • Jenny @ exconsumer May 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

    This sounds really yummy Jo! It’s good to know that it’s toddler-approved too. My six-year old will eat pretty much anything I put in front of him. My 20-month old, on the other hand, will THROW pretty much anything I put in front of him. Or try to shove it in his ears. Mealtimes are big fun at my house! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

      It really is yummy Jenny – spot on – but I guess it contains gluten?not 100% sure? Really need to start adding some gluten free slow cooked recipes for you! My son is normally incredibly fussy so feel for you hun! For some reason though the most unexpected dishes he will eat such as this… no rhyme or reason!!

      • Jenny @ exconsumer May 19, 2011, 3:08 am

        The only thing I saw that might have gluten is the Jerk Marinade. Everything else is gluten-free. 🙂

  • Jenny @ exconsumer May 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

    This sounds really yummy Jo! It’s good to know that it’s toddler-approved too. My six-year old will eat pretty much anything I put in front of him. My 20-month old, on the other hand, will THROW pretty much anything I put in front of him. Or try to shove it in his ears. Mealtimes are big fun at my house! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

      It really is yummy Jenny – spot on – but I guess it contains gluten?not 100% sure? Really need to start adding some gluten free slow cooked recipes for you! My son is normally incredibly fussy so feel for you hun! For some reason though the most unexpected dishes he will eat such as this… no rhyme or reason!!

      • Jenny @ exconsumer May 19, 2011, 3:08 am

        The only thing I saw that might have gluten is the Jerk Marinade. Everything else is gluten-free. 🙂

  • Jenny @ exconsumer May 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

    This sounds really yummy Jo! It’s good to know that it’s toddler-approved too. My six-year old will eat pretty much anything I put in front of him. My 20-month old, on the other hand, will THROW pretty much anything I put in front of him. Or try to shove it in his ears. Mealtimes are big fun at my house! 🙂

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:34 pm

      It really is yummy Jenny – spot on – but I guess it contains gluten?not 100% sure? Really need to start adding some gluten free slow cooked recipes for you! My son is normally incredibly fussy so feel for you hun! For some reason though the most unexpected dishes he will eat such as this… no rhyme or reason!!

      • Jenny @ exconsumer May 19, 2011, 3:08 am

        The only thing I saw that might have gluten is the Jerk Marinade. Everything else is gluten-free. 🙂

  • Katharine May 18, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Looks like a must do soon recipe! It was nice just seeing the title in my inbox: knew instantly this would be another good one, so thanks. Will let you know how it goes.

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:35 pm

      Hi Katharine – yes do let me know how it goes please. I reckon this is one of those recipes that would easily be mistaken for something you had slaved over and yet it couldn’t be easier! 🙂

      • Katharine May 22, 2011, 8:08 pm

        We had this yesterday and we enjoyed it so much we had the left overs today with boiled potatoes for OH and added green steamed veg rather than freezing them:O)

        The taste I can confirm is mild – I might actually up the marinade a little next time just to see what that is like. But OH gave it a big thumbs up.
        Thanks Jo

        • simplybeingmum May 22, 2011, 9:56 pm

          Thank you for coming back on this Katharine, it really is fantastic when I hear the recipes have been tried out. It is also really useful to get someone elses take on the dish. I thought it was mild and you concur!! Let me know how it goes with the extra marinade if you do try it. I probably won’t yet as I can guarantee my fussy Son will eat as it is… but definitely will try it if the Hubby and I get to eat it on our own one evening. Thanks again 🙂

  • Katharine May 18, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Looks like a must do soon recipe! It was nice just seeing the title in my inbox: knew instantly this would be another good one, so thanks. Will let you know how it goes.

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:35 pm

      Hi Katharine – yes do let me know how it goes please. I reckon this is one of those recipes that would easily be mistaken for something you had slaved over and yet it couldn’t be easier! 🙂

      • Katharine May 22, 2011, 8:08 pm

        We had this yesterday and we enjoyed it so much we had the left overs today with boiled potatoes for OH and added green steamed veg rather than freezing them:O)

        The taste I can confirm is mild – I might actually up the marinade a little next time just to see what that is like. But OH gave it a big thumbs up.
        Thanks Jo

        • simplybeingmum May 22, 2011, 9:56 pm

          Thank you for coming back on this Katharine, it really is fantastic when I hear the recipes have been tried out. It is also really useful to get someone elses take on the dish. I thought it was mild and you concur!! Let me know how it goes with the extra marinade if you do try it. I probably won’t yet as I can guarantee my fussy Son will eat as it is… but definitely will try it if the Hubby and I get to eat it on our own one evening. Thanks again 🙂

  • Katharine May 18, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Looks like a must do soon recipe! It was nice just seeing the title in my inbox: knew instantly this would be another good one, so thanks. Will let you know how it goes.

    • simplybeingmum May 18, 2011, 6:35 pm

      Hi Katharine – yes do let me know how it goes please. I reckon this is one of those recipes that would easily be mistaken for something you had slaved over and yet it couldn’t be easier! 🙂

      • Katharine May 22, 2011, 8:08 pm

        We had this yesterday and we enjoyed it so much we had the left overs today with boiled potatoes for OH and added green steamed veg rather than freezing them:O)

        The taste I can confirm is mild – I might actually up the marinade a little next time just to see what that is like. But OH gave it a big thumbs up.
        Thanks Jo

        • simplybeingmum May 22, 2011, 9:56 pm

          Thank you for coming back on this Katharine, it really is fantastic when I hear the recipes have been tried out. It is also really useful to get someone elses take on the dish. I thought it was mild and you concur!! Let me know how it goes with the extra marinade if you do try it. I probably won’t yet as I can guarantee my fussy Son will eat as it is… but definitely will try it if the Hubby and I get to eat it on our own one evening. Thanks again 🙂

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