I found this recipe on Pinterest after recently discovering chicken thighs are cheaper than chicken breasts. It was supposed to be Jamaican Jerk Chicken. But due to lack of ingredients (and a lot of times I don’t allow this to stop me from making the dish, I just substitute for something close to it—in this case I should have left it alone), and the fact that it was 3 pm and I hadn’t eaten all day, I decided to half-ass and wing it. Let me tell you what I substituted:
- I used Olive oil instead of Canola (it said that or a cooking oil so I used what I had)
- Chicken stock instead of chicken broth (again did not have broth and I assumed they were the same— though in the back of my mind, I always questioned if there was a difference… You better believe I found out on this day)
It was so oily! No flavor at all. Turns out the stock and the olive oil were doing the same things. Next time I’ll make sure I have broth. I lightly seasoned the chicken because I thought the stock would act like broth, giving it more flavor.
The chicken, onion, and potatoes cooked thoroughly but that taste! No.. So I tweaked it.. A lot
I drained tge dish of the excess oils, reseasoned it, and popped it in the oven uncovered then added wild rice to absorb some of the oils still in tact with the food.
I was scared I would have to throw it out, and being that we are low on funds until I start working (which won’t be for another month), I thought we’d starve! But everyone liked it and I made enough for leftovers.
That’s my horror story.
Until Next Time (& there will be plenty more),