Jerk chicken salad with papaya

Give chicken salad a Caribbean twist with jerk seasoning, creamy avocado, and exotic papaya. This vibrant and flavorful salad combines tender grilled chicken marinated in aromatic jerk seasoning that creates a perfect blend of spiciness and smokiness. The creamy avocado provides a rich and velvety texture and complements the juicy and tropical sweetness of the papaya. With every bite you will experience a taste explosion that will transport you to a paradisiacal island. This Jerk Chicken Salad with Papaya is a refreshing and satisfying dish that will transport your taste buds straight to the Caribbean.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 (depending on size) red chicory
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, all visible fat removed
  • 3 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 lime, juice of ½, the rest cut into 2 wedges
  • 1 tsp jerk seasoning mix
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp currant jelly
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 papaya, halved, seeded, peeled and chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • new potatoes for serving (optional)

Tip

Budget friendly

For a cheaper meal, you can use thigh fillets – simply trim off any excess fat with scissors

Preparation steps

  1. Chicory consists of leaves attached to a fairly solid base. So feel where the leaves start and cut them off. Cut the base into thick slices and set aside.
  2. Open the chicken thighs and place them in a bowl with 1 teaspoon oil, lime juice, jerk seasoning and oregano. Stir well, then grill the chicken for 10 minutes, turning once. Remove the skillet, cover it with a plate, and let it rest while you quickly grill the chicory slices.
  3. Meanwhile, place the currant jelly, vinegar and remaining oil in a large bowl and mix well. Add the papaya and avocado, then add the chicory leaves, but do not mix yet.
  4. Chop the chicken, add it to the salad with the grilled chicory and mix well.
  5. Arrange on plates, squeeze the remaining lime over the top and serve warm, with new potatoes if desired.

Nutritional Information

kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
485 29g 6g 13g 5g 8g 39g 0.9g

Equipment and tools

To prepare this jerk chicken salad with papaya, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Scissors

Allergen information

This recipe for Jerk Chicken Salad with Papaya may contain the following allergens:

  • None

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This salad is best consumed within 1-2 days.

Health Benefits of Jerk Chicken Salad with Papaya

The combination of jerky seasoned chicken, papaya and various fresh ingredients in this delicious salad not only makes for a tasty meal but also brings several health benefits. Let’s explore some of the key health benefits of this Jerk Chicken Salad with Papaya:

1. Lean protein

Chicken thighs are a great source of lean protein and provide essential amino acids that support muscle growth and repair. By using skinless, boneless chicken thighs, you can reduce the amount of visible fat, making them a healthier choice compared to other chicken cuts.

2. Nutrient-rich greens

Red chicory, a leafy green vegetable, is low in calories and high in nutrients. It contains fiber, vitamins A, C and K, and minerals such as potassium and calcium. Adding red chicory to your salad adds a pop of color and a range of health-promoting antioxidants.

3. Immune-boosting ingredients

The jerk spice blend used in this recipe contains several immune-boosting ingredients, such as oregano. Oregano contains compounds with antibacterial and antiviral properties that can boost your immune system and protect against common illnesses.

4. Antioxidant powerhouse

Papaya, a tropical fruit rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, offers numerous health benefits. These antioxidants can help reduce inflammation, support healthy skin, boost your immune system, and protect against chronic disease.

5. Heart-healthy fats

Known for its creamy texture and rich flavor, avocado is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease when consumed as part of a balanced diet.

6. Hydration and digestion

Papaya is also known for its high water content, which helps maintain hydration. In addition, the fiber content in papaya and avocado supports digestion and promotes a healthy intestine.

By incorporating these nutritious ingredients into your Jerk Chicken Salad with Papaya, you can enjoy a delicious and beneficial meal that supports your overall health and well-being.

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