You can’t really have jerk chicken without rice and beans, so here’s a nice and simple rice and beans recipe to go with my slow cooker jerk chicken. Serves 3-4 depending on how much you like to eat.
For the rice and beans
- 2 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup long grain rice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 cup black beans (from a can, drained and rinsed)
- ½ cup crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup water
- cilantro, for serving
To make the rice and beans, heat some olive oil in a small saucepan over a medium high heat. Add the rice, stirring continually until all the grains are lightly coated in oil.
Now add the garlic, cumin, chili, salt and cayenne. Stir for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Stir in the black beans, crushed tomatoes and water and turn up the heat.
Once everything’s come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer for 20-22 minutes until all the liquids has been absorbed or evaporated and the rice is fully cooked. Sprinkle with cilantro (if using) and serve.