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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.