This incredible stir fry combines flavors from both Asian and Caribbean cuisines.
Stir fries are one of the most-requested dishes at my house for the simple reason that they are so flavorful. But, the really wonderful thing about this Asian staple is that you can easily customize this dish to meet what you have on hand or what’s in season. And, this jerk chicken stir fry combines the flavors of the Caribbean with beloved Chinese-American ingredients like mandarin oranges.
The first step to making this incredibly flavorful recipe is to mix up the jerk rub for the chicken, which is 2 teaspoons of jerk seasoning. Exact formulations will vary by brand, but this spice mix usually contains a variety of different herbs.
If you don’t have jerk seasoning you can make a substitute by combining 1/8 teaspoon each of garlic powder, paprika, allspice, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and thyme.
It’s best if you let the chicken pieces marinate for at least one hour in the jerk seasoning. Overnight is even better for maximum flavor. At this point you fry the chicken for about 10-12 minutes.
Add in the the peppers and green onions and cook for about 3 minutes so that they are still crisp. This is the point at which you can easily add in canned or fresh vegetables that you love or that you need to use up.
After 3 minutes remove the skillet from the heat and add salt and pepper to taste before tossing in the mandarin orange segments. Top with peanuts and serve over rice for a delicious meal that has everything together.
The sweetness of the oranges is the perfect foil to the spice of the jerk seasoning. If you’ve been looking for a new way to make chicken and rice, then try out this fusion stir fry that truly satisfies.
Jerk Chicken Stir Fry
serves 4; 1 hour 30 minutes prep, 15 minutes cook time, 1 hour 15 minutes inactive
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
- 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 5 green onions, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, sliced into strips
- 1 11-oz can mandarin orange segments
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place chicken in a bowl with jerk chicken mixture. Make sure all pieces are coated. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator (covered) for at least an hour or up to overnight.
- If you don’t have jerk seasoning you can make a substitute by combining 1/8 teaspoon each of garlic powder, paprika, allspice, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and thyme.
- When ready to make stir fry begin cooking rice before other ingredients are prepared.
- In a large skillet on medium-high heat cook chicken for 10-12 minutes in tablespoon of oil.
- Add green onions and pepper and cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables are barely cooked and still crisp.
- Remove from heat and stir in mandarin orange segments. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top servings of rice with stir fry and sprinkle peanuts on top.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.