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Caribbean Roast Chicken with Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes

Caribbean Roast Chicken with Pineapple and Sweet PotatoesRecipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 whole chicken, giblets and neck removed
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoon Caribbean Jerk Seasoning spice mix
3 fresh limes
8 sprigs of cilantro
1 (20-ounce) can chunk pineapple, drained reserving 1/2 cup of liquid
3 sweet potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
1/4 cup dark rum (or chicken stock)
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, packed and jerk seasoning. Rub mixture all over outside of chicken. Cut one lime into quarters; insert into chicken cavity. Add cilantro sprigs to chicken cavity. Place chicken in roasting pan and surround with pineapple chunks. Place in oven and roast for 45 minutes.
  3. While chicken is roasting, juice two remaining limes. Remove chicken from oven; add sweet potatoes, rum, chicken stock and lime juice to pan. Return to oven and roast for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until internal temperature in thickest part of the thigh reaches 180°F (82.2°C).
  4. Remove chicken from oven and place on sheet pan. Tent with foil to keep warm.
  5. Remove pineapple and sweet potatoes from pan and reserve. Pour sauce in pan into serving dish; add chopped cilantro.
  6. To Serve: Carve chicken or place whole chicken on platter. Surround with sweet potato/pineapple mixture and pass with sauce.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 390; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Total Carbs: 32g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 30g.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.