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Cheesy Jerk Chicken Pesto Balls


This was inspired by Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck I saw on Carnival Eats! The flavor combo seemed so interesting Jerk Chicken and Pesto and of course and I love cheese, so I thought I would try to make a version at home! Check them out if you are in Boston area / Massachusetts!


https://www.jamaicamihungry.com/













What I used:

- Helen's Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (He makes his own Jerk seasoning, but this looked good and a fast way to get Jamaican Jerk seasoning)

- Pizza dough

- String cheese (a lot of time I use string cheese just for mozzarella, but here I think the string cheese shape is helpful because you can cut little chunks or use a cheese cube rather than shredded cheese. This impacts how the cheese melts. In bigger chunks when it bakes it will be melt-y when you eat it vs. getting absorbed by the dough.)

- Pesto

- Valley fresh Chicken (you can use Rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken)










I just mixed some Jerk Seasoning with the chicken.


















As noted above, a lot of time I use string cheese just for mozzarella, but here I think the string cheese shape is helpful because you can cut little chunks or use a cheese cube rather than shredded cheese. This impacts how the cheese melts. In bigger chunks when it bakes it will be melt-y when you eat it vs. getting absorbed by the dough.


I cut the string cheese into 1/2" or 3/4" pieces


I made little pieces of round dough.


I add some chicken mixture, cheese, and a little pesto to the middle. Then I closed up the dough into little pouches.


I baked them in the oven instead of frying.




Here they are before baking.



After baking!





Here you can see the cheesiness! They are really good!


You might not think that Jerk Chicken and Pesto would go well together, but they do!


One benefit of making it into a little dough ball is you get the cheesiness coming out! If you don't feel like making little dough balls like this, you can make a pizza and I'm going to try that sometime too! :)


Give it a try! We are good at this!








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