This has been a pretty busy couple of weeks for me. From a bridal photo shoot to a Hanson concert (more about these later) to our wedding anniversary and visiting relatives we have been busy. It is because of this that I bring to you yet another quick and easy dinner recipe for those nights when you just don’t have more than 30 minutes to make your dinner. With chicken, 3 different kinds of bell peppers, onions and jerk seasoning it’s creamy, spicy, a little sweet and oh so scrumptious.
I am all for trying new things especially when it comes to seasoning blends. I love to see how different flavors work together. For this recipe I decided to jump into completely uncharted territory for me and grab a bottle of Caribbean jerk seasoning. Jerk seasoning is one of those seasonings that you don’t see too much. I’ve seen it in a few places and on a few menus at restaurants but unless you’re at a Caribbean restaurant chances are you aren’t going to see it. That really is a shame because it really is a unique blend of flavors with cinnamon, allspice, garlic, salt and scotch bonnet peppers. At first taste its slightly sweet but then on the back of the tongue you get a little spice. It really is the best of both worlds.
Caribbean Jerk Chicken PastaPrint Recipe
- 1.5 pounds chicken breasts, diced
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
- 1 pound dried penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
Toss chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in diced peppers, onion and garlic. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in chicken. Continue cooking until chicken is cooked through about 10 minutes.
Reduce heat and stir in half and half, sour cream and remaining tablespoon of jerk seasoning. Continue cooking until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in drained pasta. Toss to combine. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve.