Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spice Island Chicken Legs

What is up with all this crazy heat?? Yes, I know it's Texas and that heat and droughts are too be expected, but not in April!!!! The wildfires have been really bad and we have had some hazy days from the smoke. So basically it has been hot enough where you don't want to heat up your house with the oven and yucky outside so you don't want to spend long periods out there at the grill.

One evening I decided to get all the food that was going to need grilling that week and go ahead and do it all at once. The microwave's 50% power setting was going to be my friend. I threw on a California Thai Sirloin, Lemon Grass Grilled Beef and these tasty Spice Island Chicken Legs along with a ton of veggies.

The Spice Island chicken kind of goes with our tour around the world. The flavors of this dish are popular in St Martin. It is slowly cooked over low grill  and served over curried rice. The smells make me think of beaches and fruity drinks out of a coconut.

A flavorful marinade was made of soy sauce, rum, and spices. The chicken took a nice soak overnight.


A few of the chicken legs got a spicy habanero addition.


The skin got a bit charred, but the meat was so tender and juicy, it just enhanced the flavors. This one is definietly worth a try and has a lot of potential as a batch party dish. I think next time I might go with chicken thighs though.


Spice Island Chicken

1 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 vegetable oil
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 tablespoon minced ginger
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Juice of 1 lime
8 to 10 chicken thighs or drumsticks.

Mix up all of the ingredients and let the chicke soak for at least a couple of hours. Cook over indirect heat or a low flame for 45 minutes, turning every 15. Serve with curried rice and grilled vegetables.

Check out other awesome meals like this at Wanderfood Wednesday or Blogging Hints Catch a Wave Wednesday
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Heather Irwin said...

Thanks for the follow. Following you back!

Wanderluster said...

Hey Texans! Come out to Washington where it's been unseasonably cold. But anyway...great idea to grill ahead for the week.

Marnie said...

Yum, this looks great. So happy to have found your blog via Miz Helens. Am about to look for your "follow me" button. Hope you get to visit me at 3pickles. Have you cooked any Aussie or Greek food yet? If not, head on over :)
x Marnie {3pickles}

Candace said...

omygoodness! You cook what I like to eat. Your chicken and those two steak recipes look amazingly delicious. I have emailed all three to myself and I'm looking forward to grill season. I've relocated from Louisiana to New Hampshire so grill season is getting off to a slow start for me. I'm so happy to find your blog. I'm now your newest follower! Thank you for the recipes!

Pam said...

The chicken marinade sounds delicious!

Adora's Box said...

Wow! What a festival of flavours you've got in there! I can never have enough chicken recipes. I've definitely have a go at this one. Thanks.

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Looks good!

I would like to invite you to link up to "Made it on Monday"...a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY, I host on my blog.

*Link ups are every week WED.-SAT.*

I hope you will join in on the fun :)

Miz Helen said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Your Island Chicken Marinade is a real winner! I will be using this recipe all summer, it really looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing and hope to see you next week!