When traveling in the Caribbean islands I had the most delicious “Island Chicken” ever. They use different spices than we do here in the US and so I couldn’t really put my finger on the recipe … until I found this recipe for “Island Chicken Marinade.”
Now I know why I couldn’t figure it out. Allspice, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, soy, vinegar…really I’d never have figured it out. But, this is it. The perfect recipe to bring a little island cuisine into your home.
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1/3cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon dry thyme
- 3/4¾ teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch cayenne
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar
- In a large saucepan, heat the canola and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and let cook, covered, for 4-6 minutes- until the onions are soft & translucent. Stir them often as they cook.
- Stir in the brown sugar, allspice, thyme, pepper, cloves, cinnamon and cayenne and remove from heat. Stir in the soy sauce and red wine vinegar and cool completely before marinating.
- Marinate chicken for at least 2 hours, but up to 24.
Source: The Cozy Cook