My Flava-Fave Chicken recipes: Two thumbs up!

As much as I’m West Indian, I don’t prepare many typical Caribbean recipes.  I can hear all the yardies saying:  “What kind of West Indian woman is this?”  What can I tell you?  This is who I am!   😆   

Don’t get me wrong:  I love Caribbean food, but I prefer to eat it when it’s prepared by others who are better at it than me.

I get most of my recipes from Real Simple Magazine and Pinterest.  Yeah, I know; who woulda thunk?  I have very few cookbooks, and even fewer that I actually open. I do keep a three-ring binder with recipes I find in magazines and the Internet.  That’s my cookbook!  And there’s nothing like opening up your iPad to Pinterest on the kitchen counter and plunging into a new recipe.   

So, as I continue to catch up (*hides face*) with my pending blog posts in Kimberly’s September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge, I’m sharing two of my my flava-faves, my go-to chicken recipes from Real Simple.  

 Disclaimer:  I’m no food blogger babe, so I have no step-by-step meal preparation photos.  But these are very simple recipes, so you’ll get the hang of them very quickly.

Jerk Chicken with Rice, Black Beans, and Pineapple 

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time: 




  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, rum, jerk sauce, and ginger in a measuring cup or small bowl; set aside.
  3. Pound the chicken to an even thickness. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and add the vinegar mixture.
  5. Return the skillet to low heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Divide the chicken and sauce among plates.
  6. Stir the beans into the rice. In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple and scallions. Serve the rice and pineapple mixtures with the chicken.

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 542
  • Calories From Fat 10%
  • Fat 6g
  • Sat Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 66mg
  • Sodium 357mg
  • Carbohydrate 73g
  • Fiber 11g
  • Sugar 7g
  • Protein 40g

Chicken with Bulgur Pilaf

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time: 





  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  2. Cook the chicken until golden, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the broth, bulgur, garlic, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  4. Nestle the chicken in the bulgur, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer until bulgur is tender and chicken is cooked through, 15 to 17 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken to individual plates. Add the spinach and basil to the bulgur in the skillet, stir until slightly wilted, and serve.

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 259
  • Fat 8g
  • Sat Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 98mg
  • Carbohydrate 6g
  • Sodium 855mg
  • Protein 40g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 1g
What’s your flava-fave recipe?  What are your sources for good recipes:  standard cookbooks, magazines, or the Internet?  Do you venture into preparing many ethnic dishes?  If so, what are your preferences?


  1. I’m definitely trying the jerk chicken. Looks so good! Thanks for this lady!

  2. Both of these look amazing! I don’t call on any special recipes. My cooking is just cooking! I try stuff and if it works it works, if not…*shrugs*! I need to try more recipes! I have a pretty boring rotation of meals! I like them though!
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  3. When I saw your title, i don’t know why I read it as “Flavor-Flavs”. I was like…Flavor Flav cooks now?LOLOL Anyway. this Jamaican sister can’t cook Jamaican food. My hubby who was a huge Island food eater announced when we got engaged that he was turning a vegetarian…so I didn’t even bother to learn. Those recipes look awfully yummy. gonna pin this post. Thank Ali.
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    • DWL! Actually it was a bit of a play on words there. But you do know that Flavor Flav is a culinary school graduate, right?

      I’m glad I am not the only island girl who is island-food-preparation challenged. I will dabble, but that’s about it. I once made johnny cakes (they have another name for them in Jamaica; festival, I think, or bammy) and they were so hard I could have stoned someone to death with them! So I stay in my lane, which is not a “back-a-yard-food” lane, unfortunately. LOL
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  4. Definitely trying the jerk chicken! It looks very good. I get most of my recipes from Pinterest! So I guess the sources are scattered among many blogs and magazine sites.
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  5. Could you please come over and make them BOTH for me and my family? I have tons of cookbooks too… never used. 😉 Those look delicious!!
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  6. LOL! They sure are delicious, Chris. Welcome to the dusty cookbook club!
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  7. I love traditional West Indian food. I can’t prepare it, but I do have my local Jamaican restaurant on speed dial. Soooo good. That chicken with pilaf looks rather tasty.
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  8. These recipes look so delish, I’m adding them to my “recipes to try” folder.

  9. It seems really healthy. I just don’t like any kind of spicy food. I’m such an American eater lol meat and potatoes
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  10. Gonna have to try this! I just used bulgur today in a vegetarian chili. My husband introduced me to it. And we’ve been eating Quinoa lately. Thanks for linking up!
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  11. These both look yummy! We eat a lot of chicken in our house and I’m always looking for new ways to switch up preparation and seasonings. Thank you for sharing. Don’t feel bad about not having cookbooks. I have a few but they are collecting dust. It’s the 21st century. Recipes can be looked at on the Internet and definitely on Pinterest like you said 🙂
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  12. The jerk chicken looks REALLY good and I love that both these recipes have a good nutritional values. I am also a “Pinterest” cooker too! I don’t own ONE cookbook! What I do though is print out all the recipes I did try and file them in a 3 ring binder…LOL! Just like you!
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  13. I’m all about that three-ring binder, Britton. I subscribe to the hard copy of Real Simple, so I tear out the recipes and create dividers in the binder for them. Easy peasy. Great to see someone else using a binder for recipes. And yes, the nutritional value on both is very good. That’s important to me too.
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  14. No need to hide your face in same Alison. Keeping up with all this blogging can be a job in itself. I have a few cookbooks that I don’t do much with.
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  15. Thanks for the recipe Alison!! I am not a chicken fan (I know, what kind of west indian doesn’t eat chicken? we are breaking stereotypes here!!) but I will make it for the hubby 🙂
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    • LOL! We are breaking all sorts of stereotypes, Nellie. Truth be told, I’m trying to cut out the chicken. Back in June/July, I went for about three weeks without chicken… and I was all right. But old habits die hard. As I widen my retinue of recipes, I will be chicken-free one day. Til then, these recipes are the bizness!! LOL
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  16. I will have to try the jerk chicken for sure! Reading the ingredients, I know it will be delicious! The best places where I get my recipes from are AllRecipe, I have a few cookbooks, but I also get them from magazines and books and blogs (cant’ forget that). If the ingredients look good and fresh and flavorful, I know the food will as well.
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  17. I thought you were getting ready to answer the Myth part of the challenge and say something along the lines of being about to cook the “West Indies” food. I have so many good looking recipes in Pinterest and have only dabbled in a few. These look good. I’m off to check out your boards since I know you’re all up in it 😉
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  18. The jerk chicken looks yummy, but my kids are so picky it makes it hard to make anything that is liked in my house. I usually pin recipes but rarely get around to trying them, but I will rip them out of magazines too.
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