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Jerk Chicken Pockets

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Jerk Chicken Pockets

These tasty sweet potato and jerk chicken “pockets” are spiced up with jerk seasoning, a Caribbean spice blend that typically contains allspice, thyme and hot pepper. The spice combo and heat level vary widely among brands. Experiment and find the one you prefer. Look for jerk seasoning in the spice section of most supermarkets.

This Recipe Is:
Prep: 25 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
  • 1  
    medium sweet potato, (about 12 ounces)
  • 1   pound
    prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
  • 1/4   cup
    low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1  
    jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 2   tablespoons
  • 1   tablespoon
    jerk seasoning
  • 6   ounces
    cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced (about 2 cups, see Tip)
  • 1/4   cup
    thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4   cup
  • 2   teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Prick sweet potato in several places with a fork. Wrap it in wax paper or parchment paper and microwave on High until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Cut in half. When it is just cool enough to handle, peel and dice.
  3. Meanwhile, shape the dough on a lightly floured surface into a log about 10 inches long. Divide into 5 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 5-inch square with a rolling pin or press into a square with your hands.
  4. Whisk mayonnaise, jalapeño, water and jerk seasoning in a medium bowl. Stir in chicken, scallions, raisins and the sweet potato.
  5. Spread about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture on half of each dough square, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold the dough over the filling and pat it to create a rectangle, then use a fork to crimp the edges closed. Transfer the chicken pockets to the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with oil.
  6. Bake the pockets until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.


Tip: If you don’t have leftover chicken, you can quickly cook chicken by poaching it. Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 20 minutes, depending on size. (1 pound raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts = about 2 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken.)
Nutritional Information

Makes: 5 servings
  • Calories358
  • Fat11 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol42 mg
  • Carbohydrates49 g
    • Dietary fiber3 g
  • Protein21 g
  • Sodium547 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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