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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The mouth watering classic Jamaican dish, Jerk Chicken is filled with all the spices authentic to the island. Grab a Red Stripe Beer and play some Bob Marley...you're in for a tasty tropical treat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Chilling/Marinating Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean, Tropical
Keyword: Jerk Chicken
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Debbie


  • cup freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup plus ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ¾ Tablespoons molasses
  • ¾ cup spring onions, minced, also known as Mexican onions
  • 9 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 medium Scotch bonnets or habanero chiles (depending on your heat tolerance), stemmed and minced
  • 4 pounds chicken pieces


  • In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except the chicken. Mix together well.
  • Add the chicken to the marinade and toss with a rubber spatula to coat the chicken completely.
  • Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator. If time permits, it’s set to chill overnight. If not, chill for at least 6 hours.
  • Heat grill to medium or a cast iron skillet on medium-high.
  • Remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken on grates, skin side down.
  • Cook uncovered, turning once, until the jerk marinade forms a nice crust on the skin, about 8 minutes.
  • Cover the grill (or cast iron). Continue cooking until cooked through, about 40 minutes on grill. Time may vary if cooking in skillet.
  • Bake until fully cooked through.


Gr8 Tip:
This recipe can also be prepared in the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a cookie sheet or metal rimmed baking pan with foil.
  • Transfer marinated chicken to the prepared pan.
  • Cook until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165℉.
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