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Jerk Chicken is Really Nice

In spite of its name, this chicken dish is actually very likeable, with its fragrant blend of Caribbean spices.

Tara Fitzpatrick | Oct 31, 2018

Rice and peas (referring to beans) is a great traditional side dish for jerk chicken. At Island Soul, a much-loved Caribbean concept at Stony Brook University, the State University of New York, the rice and peas is made with kidney beans.

“Jamaican rice and peas was adopted from the Akan tribe hailing from Ghana and Ivory Coast in West Africa,” says Kaydon Davis, co-owner and chef of Island Soul. “The dish became a staple here when the slaves brought over rice during the slave trades in the 1700s.”

“The various flavors were developed over time by adding thyme, pepper, herbs and spices that blended together to form the aromatic rice and peas dish,” Davis says.

island soul jerk chicken and rice and beans