Are you hungry for fried chicken tonight? This Jamaican Fried Chicken is like everything in Jamaica, Hot ‘n Spicy. If you like your food with an extra kick this Jamaican recipe is for you. The pimento in the Caribbean seasoning gives a strong, flavorful, aromatic taste to the chicken but it’s the scotch bonnet pepper that brings the heat.
Scotch bonnet, also known as Bonney peppers, or Caribbean red peppers, is a variety of chili pepper named for its resemblance to a tam o’ shanter hat. It is ubiquitous in West Africa. Most Scotch bonnets have a heat rating of 100,000–350,000 Scoville units (Very Hot).
If you want to cut out the grease try cooking this Hot ‘n Spicy Jamaican Fried Chicken in your air fryer or even baking it in your oven.
Jamaican Fried Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken pieces
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 5 cups water
- 2 stalks scallion chopped
- 1 med onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1½ tsp scotch bonnet pepper chopped
- 2 sprigs thyme
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp all purpose seasoning
- 1 tbsp chicken seasoning
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- ½ cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 packet pimento, ginger, and garlic seasoning
- ¼ tsp salt
- Clean chicken in a mixture of white vinegar and 4 cups water.
- Blend the next eight ingredients with the remaining 1 cup water. Pour the marinade over the chicken, rub in and leave chicken to marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Place chicken pieces along with the marinade in a heated heavy bottom skillet. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes.
- Combine flour, baking powder, black pepper, pimento, ginger and garlic Seasoning and salt in a bowl and mix well.
- Remove skillet from flame; drain chicken pieces from the seasoned liquid and coat in the flour mixture.
- Heat vegetable oil in a skillet and use to fry the coated chicken pieces until golden brown; drain on absorbent paper.
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