Friday, July 24, 2009

Delicious Diva Cooks- Footprints Friday Rasta Pasta & Jerk Chicken

" A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away." - Arabian Proverb  

Today is Friday. Ahem. I mean, its Footprints Friday! AMEN! My favorite day of the week! A day to rush from the office at 1pm to meet up with my girlies at our usual outside table to eat, drink, laugh, cry, bitch, and sometimes moan. We share stories, thoughts, dreams, goals, joys, and sadness. We encourage and uplift each other. We are loud. Q (not THAT Q...our waiter), has threatened to kick us out on more than one occasion. Many diners have requested to be moved inside to get away from us. We do not care. We're not there for them. We are there for sisterly-ship (not sure if that's a word, but WHATEVS)....I love Footprints Fridays. Its something to look forward to. A group of strong, beautiful, educated women who tell it like it is, and how it should be. How will I ever survive come September when summer Friday's are no more? I shudder to think of it. On a happy note, today's recipe is my adaptation of Footprints Famous Rasta Pasta. I hope you make this recipe and invite all your girls over for your very own Footprints Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday, get the picture...... I love you, V  

Ingredients: *Note- its best to cook your chicken before you get started on the penne)  
2lbs of Legs & Thighs (or whichever chicken parts you like best) 
Adobo Seasoning 
Grace's Hot Jerk Seasoning (or mild if you can't take the heat) 
Fresh black pepper 
Onion powder 
Garlic Powder
Worschester sauce
Lawry's Seasoning Salt Paprika Cayenne Pepper Caribbean green seasoning 2 boxes Rozoni penne pasta 4 cups of mozzarella cheese 1 packet of Knorr's Parama Rosa sauce mix 
2 cups of milk  

Recipe: Place chicken in a large bowl of cold water with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak chicken for about an hour Pour off water and rinse chicken. Clean chicken by pulling off any feathers and fat Rinse chicken again Place chicken in bowl and season with spices. Use a fork to scoop jerk seasoning on the chicken. The more you use, the hotter the chicken will be. Use your hands to rub chicken so the spices coat all pieces evenly. Put chicken in the fridge to marinate.
Make sure you wash your hands very well! The jerk seasoning with kill you if it gets in your eyes! (ok, maybe not kill, but it will hurt like hell) 

For chicken: Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
Place chicken in a baking pan (spray with a little Spam to avoid sticking). 
Cover chicken with aluminum foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. 
Remove aluminum, and pour off any excess water in pan. Turn oven to 450 degrees and place chicken back in oven, uncovered. 
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is very dark and crispy. 

Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil to rest. 

For pasta: 
Boil penne in salted water. When it is cooked, remove and drain. 
In a medium sized pot, add the 2 cups of milk over medium heat. 
Do not let milk boil or burn. Add in the packet of Parma Rosa Sauce. 
Season with a little black pepper and paprika. 
Stir, then add in some of the cheese. 
Stir until it melts, then add more cheese until sauce thickens. 
Remove from heat. 
Stir penne into sauce. 
Plate pasta and place chicken on top. 
Serve with an ice cold glass of Jamaican rum punch 

Rum Punch: 
1 cup fresh lime juice 
2 cups grenadine syrup 
2 cups Jamaican white rum 
1 cup light rum 
2 cups fresh pineapple juice 2 cups fresh orange juice Pinch freshly grated nutmeg, optional Orange slices, for garnish Pineapple slices, for garnish 
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with orange or pineapple slice. ENJOY!!


  1. I Can't wait to try this recipe. THank you!

  2. Where did you find the Knorr's Parma Rosa sauce? Searched high and low and had to make it from out alright, but would like to try with the sauce you recommended

    Thank you.

  3. I've been craving Footprints forever. Miss the one in Coney Island so much. My every Sunday spot!!!! I decided to attempt to make it, and who first came to my mind??? The Delicious Diva and boom there it was her recipe. Well here it goes. Not much of a fan of jerk chicken. but her food is always soooo good & yummy. Tune in to see how it turns out............

  4. where does the worchester sauce come in ..

  5. This is so NOT how Footprints make it. I am sure your version is tasty but if you are going to use the "Footprints" name at least do it like they do and I am coming with the knowledge that a previous Footprint's chef told me.

  6. It was ok but nothing like footprints or any rasta pasta I've tasted.