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Quick & Easy Recipe: Jamaican Chicken w/Black Beans & Rice

Each week as part of my duties with I create recipes that combine the best elements of two popular Food Network shows, 5 Ingredient Fix and 30 Minute Meals – these recipes implore five ingredients (usually) and take 30 minutes or less (most of the time).  These recipes are geared towards the busy-family-on-the-go.   On occasion I will share on of these recipes here.  If you want the entire group just follow the Kitchen Hotline Facebook page.

Recipe: Jamaican Chicken with Black Beans & Rice


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups quick cooking white rice
  • 4 TBL Jamaican jerk spice plus 1 tsp for the rice
  • 2 TBL butter
  • 1 can black beans, drained


  1. Preheat an oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper then place flat side down on the baking sheet, spaced at least an inch apart. Rub a tablespoon of jerk on top of each breast then roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is roasting cook the rice according to package instructions adding the butter, black beans and jerk when done.
  4. Serve a piece of chicken on top of a serving of beans & rice.

Roadblocks to the TASTYs

Today I head to the West Coast for the TASTY Awards.  If the trip is as interesting as the week leading up to it then I should have some crazy stories to share.

The Encounter restaurant & bar at LAXThis trip to LA is way more important to me than just getting to go see an awards show.  The potential for networking and bringing what I do to the attention to people who can make a difference is immense.  That in and of itself is stressful so I clearly didn’t need all of this:

My week started with the good old US Postal Service losing a deposit I mailed to the bank – my spending money for the trip.  I love how when they lose your mail they always ask, “Did you purchase insurance for your parcel?”  Yes, as a matter of fact I did;  it’s called a stamp.

For the record, the US Constitution gives the federal government two responsibilities – maintain a military and to provide postage FREE OF CHARGE to all citizens.  If you are going to charge for postage then you damned well better guarantee it gets there.   I really should think about moving to a bank in my own state.

A few days later my water pump goes out on my car which forces me to dip into my vacation funds.  That sucks considering the USPS has just lost my hard earned money.  Again, Post Office, when I pay you for a service I expect you to provide it otherwise don’t take my money.

2010 national championship Auburn SI CoverAs if this weren’t enough I have the added stress of my Auburn Tigers playing for the National Championship in football.  It’s been a great year but I won’t bore you with the details.  I just never knew how nerve wrecking it was to have your favorite team play for all the marbles until this year.

There is an old saying in the South, “If you die and go to heaven you still have to change planes in Atlanta.”  This holds true with my trip to LA.  I depart from Pensacola and switch planes in the same Atlanta that is currently bogged down with a freak winter storm that has to put the final nail in the coffin of Global Warming.

As a lad in Sunday school I was taught that God never gives us obstacles we cannot overcome.  I’ve never actually seen that in the Bible.  Not saying it isn’t there, just saying I’ve never read it.  But I do know this, I got my water pumped fixed and for less than a $100, the head of payroll at The Kitchen Hotline has overnighted me a replacement check, the Auburn Tigers are now officially the best team in college football and if there’s a delay in Hotlanta I can finish watching season two of 30 Rock via Netflix on my laptop.  That Tracy Morgan kills me.

If the resolutions to the few remaining roadblocks I have left pan out half as well then this will quite possibly be the best week of my entire life.  Oh who am I kidding?  When Wes Byrum put the ball through the uprights as time expired it was already the greatest week of my life.  And that was on a Monday.

My First Appearance on Fox’s Studio 10

It was great being on Studio 10 this morning over at Fox 10.  Now check it out as I make the L.A. (Lower Alabama) Burrito for Cherish and Joe.

L.A. (Lower Ala.) Burrito:

Here are the recipes:

Recipe: L.A. (Lower Alabama) Burrito


  • 2 cups cheese grits (recipe follows)
  • 8 oz country style ham, sliced thin
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup black coffee
  • 1 cup canola oil


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ham then remove. Lower the heat to low then pour canola oil into the pan and loosen the fond with a spatula. Let the oil heat through then carefully add the black coffee to make red eye gravy.
  2. To make a burrito spread 1/4 cup cheese grits two inches from the bottom of the tortilla then add 2 ounces ham and 2 ounces shredded cheese. Fold the bottom two inches of the tortilla over the pile of ingredients. Fold an inch or so of each side to form an envelope then roll until no more excess tortilla is left. Place in a Panini press or indoor electric grill (like a Foreman) and cook until the tortilla is toasty and the cheese is melted. Repeat to make four burritos. Serve with red eye gravy for dunking.

Recipe: Cheese Grits


  • 1/2 cup evaporated fat free milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 quick cooking grits
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4-6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Heat water just to a boil then add in milk.
  2. Bring to a simmer, stir in grits and salt. Simmer for roughly 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cheese and stir just until cheese is melted and grits are tender.

Quick & Easy Recipe Contest

The Kitchen Hotline

WEEK 1 WINNER: truehockeymom’s Shrimp Pasta

WEEK 2 WINNER: Rhonda Dodge’s Butterscotch Yeast Rolls

WEEK 3 WINNER: GeoKaren’s Chocolate Turtles

WEEK 4 WINNER: Tiffany Koch’s Oh SO Good White Chicken Chili

GRAND CHAMPION WINNER: Rhonda Dodge’s Butterscotch Yeast Rolls. Congratulations, Rhonda!  The yeast rolls were restupulous. Enjoy your autographed copy of Third Coast Cuisine.

As many who read this blog may know, I am a chef/consultant for The Kitchen Hotline.  At the hotline, we give you the knowledge, the support and the tools you need to gather family and friends around the dinner table. We reduce your stress, provide your meal planning and even help you to choose the perfect wine. Whether you want to create simple family meals or prepare an elegant dinner party, we have everything you need, all in once place.

A few months ago our clients at the told us that they love quick & easy recipes to get them through their busy week.  They love 5 Ingredient Fix and 30 Minute Meals so we chefs were charged with creating recipes that fit the model of both of those popular Food Network shows.  Our Quick & Easy (Q&E) Recipes include (usually) five ingredients or less and (again usually) take 30 minutes from start to finish.  I have shared a number of them here with you.

Well, now I want to see what Q&E Recipes you have come up with.  So each week in the month of January I will be giving away a free one-year membership to the TheKitchenHotline (a $240 value) for the best Q&E Recipe.  At the end of the month I will chose a grand champion from the weekly winners and they will then receive an autographed copy of my latest cookbook, Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes from the Gulf of Mexico.

The rules are simple: 5 ingredients or less, 30 minutes or less and I choose the one that sounds the best to me. Enter early, enter often.  Enter your submission in the comments section below.  The first winner will be chosen on January 7th.  Recipes that do not win the week they are posted remain eligible to win a weekly prize until the end of the contest.  All submissions are subject to being included in the daily Q&E posts at the TheKitchenHotline Facebook page with credit given to author of course.

To give you an idea of what our Q&E Recipes look like just hop on over to the Facebook page for a look-see.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards

2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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