Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa


You guys, I’m playing at the biggest ice rink in the WORLD this weekend. In Minneapolis, playing hockey. To summarize, I have 1) always wanted to come to Minnesota and 2) always wanted to play hockey in Minnesota.

We’re playing in this great breast cancer tournament with teams as young as 10 and under and jeez, can those kids play. The women’s division (i.e. adults) has 4-5 levels of play. There’s 8 sheets of ice. 8!!!!!!

We lost our first game yesterday, 3-1. I think that was the score…


We wasted time between games by eating, of course, and then visiting most of the hockey pro shops in the area…which is quite a few. I decided to take advantage of the vast selection of hockey sticks and as I retrieved my stick from the car to compare curves on the blade, I found the blade of my stick being held on by tape and tape only. It was a blessing I discovered this SMALL issue prior to our next game.

$200 later, I have one sleek new stick :-D Mr. P about died when I told him the price ;) (I picked a good one!)

We won our second game, 3-2, but no thanks to me. I have been self-diagnosed and professional hockey player-diagnosed with “lace bite” which is more-or-less an overuse injury that causes excruciating pain on the top of the foot, right where the ankle meets the foot. Between my new stick and that breaking-in process and my lace bite, I’m a mess.


Not only are things rough-going on the ice but my teammates…well, they have no taste in food. Noodles and Company is really not the best food there is in Minneapolis. But between our vegetarian teammate and our unadventurous eaters, our eats have been incredibly lack-luster. It’s a shame, because a foodie like me can go to town in uncharted waters, finding the best of the best to eat in new cities.

I’m traveling next week, too. I’m excited about it, but I miss cooking already. Even simple and quick meals like this, I miss the healthy, balanced meals.

Wish us luck on our last game and me luck in having at least one decent meal in MN!


Game time, Mall of America, then back to Chicago!

Be well,



  1. This recipe looks amazing! Do you have any recommendations on cooking if you don’t have a grill? I would LOVE to try making it this week.

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Ashley, you could cook the chicken in a pan or in the oven, or a combination of the 2 be starting in a pan/skillet and finishing it off in the oven (375 F for 20ish minutes?). Hope that helps!

  2. You have to get a Juicy Lucy while you are in town. If you can make it to the 5-8 club, you won’t be disappointed. Glad you are enjoying your time here, and got some decent weather.

  3. This looks wonderful. Our card playing buddies are coming over this week and this would be perfect for dinner. :)

  4. So happy you loved the recipe! Your dish looks delightful – enjoy the hockey! From your fella Canadian and hockey loving nutritionist friend (p.s. Ottawa – where I live – is home to the world’s largest outdoor skating rink! http://goo.gl/9hQOz – You’ll have to make it your next stop ;-)).

  5. I have been having a “jerk” craving lately. Love the spices in this recipe. Pinning it to make soon.

  6. Kathy P. says:

    This recipe does look like it will be fabulous! I am gluten free and malt vinegar is not gluten free… it is my understanding that anything malt is not gluten free… the only vinegars that I can tolerate is apple cider vinegar and white wine vinegar. Will either or both work with this recipe??

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hi Kathy! Thanks for catching that – I just updated the post. Either would work in this recipe, but I’d go with apple cider or red wine vinegar :) Enjoy!


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