I like being inspired by locally restaurants and of course I like to challenge myself to trying to create a favorite at home. One local place offers the most amazing jerk chicken grilled cheese sandwich they call the Jamerican. It is out of the world crazy good. Of course this meant tweakind, testing and modifying a jerk seasoning recipe that would be just as good. First bite told us we nailed it. Now I’m on a mission to use the jerk seasoning in other recipes.
Jerk Chicken Grilled Cheese
Servings – 4
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp thyme
- Fresh cracked black pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp rosemary
- 1 lb chicken breast, pounded to an even thickness
- 1/4 small onion, sliced
- 1/2 bell pepper, sliced
- 4 slices American cheese
- 4 slices Swiss cheese
- 4 slices Pepperjack cheese
- Sourdough Bread (or what you have available, the sourdough though….yum)
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil (for chicken and for sauteing veggies)
- Butter or your choice of spread for grilling the sandwiches
- Rub some olive oil (1/2-1 tsp) over the chicken and liberally sprinkle the jerk seasoning all over. You have a couple of options for cooking, cook in an air fryer at 400F for 10-12 minutes or in the oven at 425 for 15-20 minutes until cooked through and internal temperature is 165F. Let rest for 5-10 minutes. We used the air fryer when we cooked the chicken, less time and it heats up the kitchen less.
- While the chicken is cooking, add the remaining olive oil to a pan and heat over medium heat. Once shimmering, add the onions and peppers and saute until they are softened and onions are translucent.
- Assembly time! Butter the bread ( you only need to butter the sides that will be in contact with the pan). Slice the chicken into strips. You can layer this how you want, but I do recommend that the cheese be layered through out and not just one side of the sandwich.
- Heat a pan, grill pan, or griddle over medium high heat. Once warm, add your sandwiches and grill till cheesy is good and melty and the sandwich is golden brown on both sides.