Jerk Chicken with Avocado-Orange Salsa


A citrusy salsa with avocado provides just the right amount of zest to pair with spicy grilled chicken.

Jerk Chicken with Avocado-Orange Salsa
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
15 mins
Grill Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ½ cup long grain white or brown rice

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)

  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 4 teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground coffee

  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped

  • 1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Cook rice according to package directions, adding cumin seeds to cooking liquid. When rice is cooked, fluff with a fork; stir in beans and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and black pepper; keep warm.

  2. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, ground coffee, garlic powder, thyme, allspice, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Lay chicken flat; rub with spice mixture. Season with additional salt.

  3. For a charcoal or gas grill, place chicken on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (180°F), turning once halfway through grilling.

  4. For salsa, in a small bowl combine avocado, oranges, onion, lime juice, and oil. Season to taste with additional salt and black pepper.

  5. Serve chicken over rice mixture; top with salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

409 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 409
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 616mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 30.7mg 154%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 4.9mg 27%
Potassium 899mg 19%
Folate, total 108.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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