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Jamaican Jerk Chicken: Best Grilled Chicken You’ll Ever Have

Chicken is one of the healthiest and tastiest meats with very high protein content. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken is one of the famous delicacies originating from the tropical country of Jamaica. It is smoky with an aromatic taste to it. Jerk chicken is the best combination with the authentic Salsa and Coconut Rice.

Jamaican jerk chicken served with barbecue sauce

Critical Traits of Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk is a Jamaican cooking style wherein they rub the meat dry or marinate it with the Jerk Spice. When you taste Jamaican jerk chicken, you will notice a particular taste of Scotch Bonnet Peppers and Ginger. These two ingredients add a lip-smacking factor to the dish.

Other than the conventional way, you can strip and put it on baked sweet potatoes with salsa. You can also take a naan with jerk sauce and top it with jerk chicken for a different experience. Just like this, you can try jerk chicken with many different dishes.

The origin of Jerk chicken goes back to the Carib-Arawak people who taught this method of cooking to the African slaves. Jerk chicken is firstly coated with the spices and then simmered over a grill constituting of green wood on burning coal. The smoke that comes out gives the dish a smoky flavor. As the name goes, the meat was ‘jerked’ with sharp tools and then filled with spices.

I recommend fresh, but freezing is necessary

This recipe demands the freezing and sealing of the chicken with the marinade from 8-24 hours at the least. So, you have to seal the chicken with the marinade and let it marinate for the night.

Fresh meat is always the best. In some cases, the freezing of meat may lead to the meat being less juicy overtime. But, freezing the flesh is the only option if nobody is using it. Either way, the meat has a great taste, and there is no difference in between.

Time to prepare the marinade

We have to begin by preparing the marinade for the dish. Firstly, we will collect and mix all the ingredients. After that, it is time to put all the ingredients in a blender and let it blend until we obtain a puree.

Quick tip: Make sure to make the dry spices in a large quantity. This way, you will be saving time and effort while you grill the chicken.

Now, as the puree is ready, we will mix the marinade with the chicken. Do not forget to season the chicken with salt. We will seal it in a Ziploc bag and put it in the refrigerator for some hours. The best option is to let it marinate overnight.

Quick tip: If you are not using a Ziploc bag, use an airtight container. Do not use a metal container, and do not keep the lid open.

It's time to heat up the grill
  • While grilling, dip a paper towel in vegetable oil and rub it on the grates till it is well-coated.
  • It is essential to let it cook until it turns brown. Once it is brown and crispy, we will reduce the heat. 
  • For finishing the cooking, move the chicken to the part of the grill that is cooler.
  • Cover it and let it grill until it is thorough, which will take a few more minutes.

Quick tip: Brush the chicken with the leftover marinade for enhancing the taste of the dish.

Let it rest for a while. After that, the dish will be ready. You can serve it with the Mango Avocado Salsa and rice to enjoy it in the Jamaican way.

Bon Appétit!

Jamaican jerk chicken served with barbecue sauce

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The juicy and smoky Jamaican jerk chicken is quite easy to make. The best part is that it is not at all a lengthy procedure. Get ready to enjoy the flavors of Jamaica from your home in very little time.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine chicken, Jamaican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 People
Author Aakash Menon (Team GFB)


  • 1 onion (small) in chunks
  • 2 scallions in quarters
  • 1 Scotch bonnet without seeds
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 1 tsp Asian five-spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp thyme (dry)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2.5 - 3 pounds chicken (thighs, wings, drumsticks)


  • 1.    During mixing ingredients, add all the ingredients except the chicken.
  • 2. Now put them in a grinder and keep grinding till the vegetables are smooth, and the texture is gritty.
  • 3. Season the chicken with salt. Then add the puree (marinade) and mix well.
  • 4. Put the chicken in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate it for 8-10 hours.
  • 5.  Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • 6. Now you can put the chicken on the grill with the skin facing down. Cover and cook till the skin turns brown, which will take 10 minutes.
  • 7. Make the skin side face-up, then move the chicken to the cooler part of the grill and let it cook for 15 more minutes.


Key Tips:
  1. Be extremely cautious while dealing with scotch bonnet pepper. It is quite hot and can cause an irritating sensation if it comes in contact with your eyes.
  2. Tastes best when served immediately after the chicken is ready to eat.
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Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348           Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
 Fat 18g                                         28%
  Saturated Fat 12g                    75%
Cholesterol 108mg                 36%
Sodium 1283mg                        56%
Potassium 717mg                    20%
Carbohydrate 7g                      2%
  Sugar 3g                                   3%
Protein 37g                                74%
Vitamin A 195IU                        4%
Vitamin C 18.2mg                     22%
Calcium 27mg                           3%
Iron 1.2mg                                   7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This is a general nutrition chart for one serving. The number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of the normal serving size for this recipe.
The above nutritional information is estimated and may vary from the actual results you have. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average user.

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