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Colorful Rasta Pasta with Chicken in skillet.

Chicken Rasta Pasta

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  • Author: María
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


By popular demand. 


Units Scale
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb dry pasta, dealers choice
  • 34 medium bell peppers, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 C scallions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp jerk marinade, divided
  • 1 tsp dry jerk seasoning, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 tbsp AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 C parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 C coconut milk
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C chicken broth
  • vegetable oil, as needed


  1. At least a couple of hours in advance – preferably overnight – season your chicken with the 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, the dry jerk seasoning, and two tablespoons of the jerk marinade. Mix well, pressing the marinade into the chicken. Cover and refrigerate until about 30 minutes before you begin cooking. 
  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle in a bit of oil. Add your bell peppers, sprinkle with a bit of salt and stir in a 1/2 tablespoon of jerk marinade. Distribute evenly and cook until the peppers soften to your liking. Remove them and set aside.
  3. Drizzle in a bit more oil to lightly coat the bottom of the skillet. Add your chicken in a single layer, being sure not to crowd. Cook it in batches if needed, for about 7 minutes on each side (remember that it needs to be 165ºF internally). 
  4. Remove the chicken and transfer it to a cutting board. Once it’s cooled enough to handle, slice it thinly.  
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low and add a few tablespoons of chicken broth – just enough to deglaze the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up what’s stuck to the bottom of the pan, adding more broth as needed. Once you’re done scraping stir in 1/2 of the green onions, the thyme, and the garlic and let that cook for a couple of minutes. 
  6. Set a pot of salted water over high heat. While waiting for it to boil, whisk the flour into the skillet with the broth. Let it thicken and allow the paste to cook for 2-3 minutes. Once it has, whisk in the remaining broth, the coconut milk, and the heavy cream. After that’s well combined add the remaining jerk marinade and parmesan. Taste and add salt as needed. 
  7. Reduce the heat to low. Cook your pasta according to package directions, allowing the sauce to simmer while you do. One the pasta is al dente, toss it in to the sauce and stir to coat. Add the peppers, then the chicken and green onions. 
  8. Make sure everything is well distributed. Dassit. Enjoy! 


  • You can substitute breasts or bone in chicken if you like. Cooking times will vary. 
  • We like a lot of peppers, feel free to use less! 
  • Walkerswood Traditional ‘Hot & Spicy’ Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is my preferred marinade. 
  • Prep Time: 120 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: pasta
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