When you visit a local Jamaican restaurant and begin to scour the entrees on the menu, there's a good chance that you'll see some proteins you haven't eaten in the past. Oxtail, for example, is a fixture at many establishments that specialize in Jamaican cuisine. If you're not the most adventurous of eaters, you might want to stick to meat that is a little more familiar. You can expect to see a lot of different chicken dishes on the menu. Chicken is a popular protein in Jamaican food, and you can enjoy it in several different ways. Here are three chicken dishes that you'll see on the menu.
For many people, jerk chicken is one of the first dishes that comes to mind when they think of Jamaican cuisine. Jerk sauce differs between restaurants, but tends to have spicy notes as well as many other favors — thanks to ingredients such as cinnamon, garlic, onion, and more. If you're new to Jamaican food, jerk chicken can be a good place to start. The individual chicken pieces are marinated in this sauce, and then typically grilled over an open flame. You can often choose what heat level you want in your jerk sauce, ensuring that you won't get the right amount of heat for you.
It's also common to see fried chicken on the menu at many Jamaican restaurants. It can appear in many different ways, but it often has a simple breading that may include dried pepper flakes and other ingredients that help to give each bite a spicy kick. It won't taste exactly like any southern fried chicken you might have had in the past, but there will be some taste and texture similarities that can make this dish a good option for many people.
You can also expect to see barbecued chicken available at most Jamaican eateries that you visit. This meal tends to have sweet and smoky flavor notes, rather than a lot of heat, which can make it appealing for those who want to stay away from too much spice. Many restaurants make several in-house barbecue sauces, so you can choose what cut of chicken you want and what type of sauce you want to be brushed over it during and after its time on the grill. Look online to find a Jamaican restaurant in your area, and make plans to experience this flavorful island cuisine.
For more information on Jamaican food, contact a restaurant near you.
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