It’s been pretty well documented on this blog that I love spicy food. I use so much sriracha, it’s starting to feel cliche. I need to expand my spice horizons. So, when Nancy at Buncha Jerks contacted me to see if I wanted to try one of their jerk seasoning blends, I told her to send it right over.
Buncha Jerks uses only natural ingredients – no fillers. Since jerk seasoning is native to Jamaica, the ingredients in this seasoning are products native to the island as well, including Scotch Bonnet peppers. The folks at Buncha Jerks believe that “good food is seasoned well – the food you create is only as good as the seasoning you have,” and I must say that I agree whole-heartedly. There’s nothing worse than a dish that simply isn’t seasoned properly.
My inspiration for these chicken rangoons actually comes from my favorite restaurant in the whole world, The Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jeff and I went on many of our first few dates there, and years later we had our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding there. Now, we go there for my birthday every single year. They have these great spicy chicken quesadillas served with pineapple sour cream. I knew this jerk seasoning blend would be perfect to create my own unique take on this appetizer.
I started with cooked chicken, and made sure it was spicy by using both Buncha Jerks Medium Jamaican Jerk Seasoning and diced green chiles. I also threw a little bit of smoked gouda, green onion, and lime juice in there for some added flavor. Because I’ve been obsessed with wonton wrappers lately it was only natural to make some rangoons with this spicy chicken deliciousness. While the filled wontons were baking, I stirred up sour cream studded with chopped mango to quell the mouth-fire that was about to come my way. The resulting party appetizer is the perfect combination of spicy, smoky, creamy, sweet and crunchy. Who says you can’t mix Jamaican with Mexican with Asian? It’s your kitchen, so you can do whatever you want, as long as it’s seasoned properly!
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