Daphne Oz is one busy woman. The former host of The Chew is also a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and, more recently, the chief innovation officer of Pure Spoon, a line of healthy baby foods that uses high-pressure processing instead of the typical pasteurization to retain more nutrients. Oh yeah—and she’s the mother of three children, all under 5 years old. Suffice it to say, she’s mastered the healthy, easy dinner thing out of sheer necessity. This is one of her staples, a Caribbean Jerk Chicken One-Pan Dinner.
"I love this recipe because it’s a one-pan roasted dinner that gets main and sides done in one," Daphne told mbg. "It’s healthy but super flavorful and makes for an amazing Caribbean-inspired jerk chicken salad with leftovers. My kids LOVE sweet potato (so do I), and it is only more delicious when cooked in chicken fat. I make the kids’ chicken a little sweeter with a side of BBQ sauce for them to dip into, and my husband and I make ours a bit spicier with hot sauce."
The spices add a ton of flavor but also are a rich source of polyphenols, which are incredibly anti-inflammatory. "Jerk seasoning is heavy with flavors you’d typically find in pumpkin spice—allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar—but tempered with cumin, thyme, and garlic," Daphne explained. "You can take the spiciness up or down a notch depending on what you love."
The best part? "Any leftovers make for a delicious salad if you’re going light, or stuffed into incredible empanadas if you want to fry up a golden delight as a party appetizer or just to treat yourself!"