These Jerk Chicken Skewers with Mango Habanero Sauce are truly a flavor explosion for your mouth! Full of Caribbean flavor and just the right amount of heat and sweet. Serve with black beans and brown rice for a healthy and filling dinner!
If you’ve been following along on the blog for a while, you know that I generally try to share recipes that don’t use tons of ingredients. I know that no one likes to go shopping for 50 ingredients and if I see a recipe is using a slew of them I usually skip over it. That’s not to say that the recipe wouldn’t be delicious, it might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten, but I’m sort of lazy about certain things. I like to get in and out of the grocery store as fast as possible and get my meals prepared and on the table with as little stress as possible. That being said, every once in a while I just have to share a recipe that uses more than the average amount of ingredients because it tastes that good! That’s exactly what happened when I made these Jerk Chicken Skewers with Mango Habanero Sauce.
If you’ve ever made your own jerk seasoning or marinade you know there are lots of ingredients involved. That’s probably why most people buy a pre-made seasoning or marinade when they want that flavor. Trust me though, it’s worth it to try making your own jerk marinade! The flavor is so much better and it’s not loaded with sugar and preservatives.
The two ingredients that you will find in almost any jerk marinade are allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. Since I couldn’t find any Scotch bonnets I subbed in the habanero which is very similar. You might be thinking this is going to be way too spicy, but I assure you that it wasn’t. Combined with all the warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, the fresh orange and lime juice and honey for sweetness, it was the perfect amount of heat. You can of course adjust the heat by adding as much or little of the habanero as you prefer.
The mango habanero sauce that I used to dip the jerk chicken skewers in was spoon licking good! It was sweet from the mangos, savory from the onion and garlic, and had the perfect amount of heat from the habanero. The heat is the kind that hits you in the back of the mouth after a minute, rather than a full blown “holy cow this is spicy!”. The sauce ingredients are cooked on the stove for a few minutes to get rid of the raw onion and garlic flavors, then blended until smooth in a blender or food processor. While there are many ingredients in this recipe, the dish itself comes together quickly and the result is worth the extra effort and time. If you’re a fan of Caribbean flavors then you have to give these Jerk Chicken Skewers with Mango Habanero Sauce a try!