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Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a well-known and much-loved dish that originates from Jamaica. The smoky, spicy and aromatic flavors of jerk chicken make it a favorite of many around the world. This dish is traditionally prepared by marinating chicken in a mixture of spices and seasonings and then cooking it over an open flame. The result is a mouth-watering, tender and flavorful chicken that is perfect for any occasion. In this article, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of making the perfect Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe that will transport your taste buds straight to the Caribbean!


  • 4-6 chicken breasts or thighs

  • 1 tablespoon allspice

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup vinegar

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup lime juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix together olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to form a thick paste.

  5. Score the chicken to allow the marinade to penetrate.

  6. Apply the paste generously to the chicken.

  7. Cover the chicken with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  8. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

  9. Serve hot with your favorite sides.

Instructions: For Grill

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, thyme, allspice, black pepper, salt, and habanero peppers until well combined.

  2. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess.

  4. Place the chicken on the grill, skin-side down, and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and charred. Flip the chicken and cook for another 5-7 minutes on the other side.

  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the chicken, turning occasionally, until it is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

  6. Remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with chopped green onions (if desired) and serve with lime wedges.

Enjoy your delicious and authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken!


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