If you’re keen on recreating the flavors of the Caribbean in your own kitchen, making convection oven jerk chicken should be at the top of your culinary to-do list.
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Why Use a Convection Oven
Unlike a conventional oven, a convection oven circulates hot air around the food, ensuring even cooking and crispier skin. This is particularly beneficial when cooking convection oven jerk chicken, as the circulating air helps to cook the meat evenly while retaining its juicy flavors.
Gathering Your Ingredients
- Chicken pieces (legs, thighs, or breasts)
- Jerk marinade
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Adobo seasoning
How to Make Convection Oven Jerk Chicken
Prepping Your Chicken
First, wash your chicken pieces under cold running water. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Poke the chicken pieces with a fork. This will help all the seasoning penetrate the chicken. Next, apply a thin layer of olive oil and sprinkle some salt, black pepper, white pepper, and adobo seasoning for extra flavor. Finally, generously apply the jerk marinade, making sure to rub it into the chicken pieces.
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Place the chicken pieces in a ziplock bag or a covered bowl. Let them marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
Preheating the Convection Oven
Preheat your convection oven to 375°F (190°C). While it’s heating, arrange the chicken pieces in a casserole dish or foil pan.
Cooking in the Convection Oven
Place the foil pan in the oven and cook for 35-40 minutes. Halfway through the process, baste the chicken with the juices. To ensure that your convection oven jerk chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 165°F (74°C).
Once your convection oven jerk chicken is cooked to perfection, let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy it with rice, veggies, or your favorite side dish.