an angel peed on my tongue: jerk chicken pineapple skewers

I don’t quite understand the Dutch. Cornelius is part Dutch and take it from me, they’re a bit wacky. They wear wooden shoes, their national food is the Indonesian rice dish Nasi Goering and then they exclaim a Dutch phrase that when translated means “an angel peed on my tongue”. This Dutch phrase is uttered after eating something so wonderful that it verges on heavenly. This is what Cornelius said to me after last nights dinner. No doubt, we both laughed hard.

This recipe for jerk chicken isn’t exactly traditional as I didn’t have any scotch bonnet peppers laying around, but it did pack quite a punch in the spice department. It was so tasty and pretty and colourful that I’m sure all the angels everywhere let out a communal sigh of relief.

We used boneless skinless chicken thighs, but breasts would work too. We also grilled these using our cast iron grill pan, but on an outdoor grill these would be amazing. We served these over rice and a side of asparagus. Yum!

14 comments to “an angel peed on my tongue: jerk chicken pineapple skewers”

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    Rachel   June 19, 2006 at 7:05 am

    Yum! That looks so great and I normally am very anti food on sticks!

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    Darlaing   June 19, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    oh that’s totally my new saying of the week. The chicken looks delicious by the way!

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    Sara   June 19, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    That is the best title ever.

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    S.   June 19, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    I think that’s a hilarious saying! How do you say it in Dutch? I’d love to try it out while eating dinner at a Dutch friend’s house. Her parents would be shocked if they heard it from me 🙂

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    Ivonne   June 20, 2006 at 11:28 am


    That has to be one of the most beautiful blog photos I’ve seen this year! My mouth is watering.

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    kickpleat   June 20, 2006 at 11:53 am

    Anti-food on sticks, Rachel? How can that be?! I love food on sticks.

    Darlamay, its the best saying ever, I think!

    Thanks Sara!

    I have no clue how to say it in Dutch, sorry Stefanie. I asked Cornelius and he didn’t know & his parents are on vacation so they can’t help me either. Good luck with dinner!

    Wow, thanks Ivonne!

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    Rachel   June 27, 2006 at 10:56 am

    That looks deeee-lish… what is it with vegetables? Oh how I love them so much. I’m a complete veg-head. You have given me some great ideas for dinners this week. Excuse me while I slurp… Slurp!
    My mom makes jerk chicken and makes a special “dirty rice” or a fried rice to go with it…this reminds me of home. Excuse me again…slurp!

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    kickpleat   June 27, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    Rachel, it is deelicious! yum!! mmm, dirty rice, I like the sound of that 🙂

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    Rachel   June 30, 2006 at 8:30 am

    I made this dish last night for my brother and his wife, my daughter and myself. We all loved it! My sister-in-law hates most food I cook- she is a total German meat and potato/rice/carb girl so veggies aren’t her forte. But she loved this meal- It was completely awesome. I am 2 for 2! I’ve tried 2 of your recipes and both turned out delectable…so when is the cook book coming out???? 😉

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    kickpleat   July 3, 2006 at 10:23 am

    haha, rachel! one day i’d love to do a cookbook, one day…..

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    Jamaican Food Fan   October 21, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    The pineapple sounds like the perfect accompaniment to the spicy jerk chicken.

    And putting the food on sticks is the perfect way to eat it, very practical!

    I’m looking forward to trying this out myself.

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    Anonymous   July 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I made this for 6 people using pork and chicken. The only change I made was to add allspice… it just isn’t jerk without allspice! Also, instead of cayenne, I used a custom hot pepper blend containing habenero, serrano, jalapeno, etc. I grilled them over charcoal. With a cooling veggie-mango salad on the side, the meal was loved by all. Thanks for a great idea and recipe!

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    Hy4head   September 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    “Net of een engel op je tong piest!”
    I wonder what that angel was drinking!?
    Great! – Even Marja liked it.

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    kickpleat   September 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Wes, I’m glad to hear it and I’m glad that you’ve posted the Dutch phrase!

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