Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken
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5 from 2 votes

Jerk Chicken

This homemade, simple, delicious recipe is my husbands favorite main course. He prefers very hot peppers like habaneros or scotch bonnets but I like it a little milder so I use jalapeno peppers. Choose whatever peppers you like. If you're not a big fan of spice, remove the membranes and seeds from the peppers before adding to the marinade.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican
Keyword Chicken, Jamaican, Jerk, Spicy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 400kcal


  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 6 green onions chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 scotch bonnet or habanero peppers chopped may remove seeds and membranes for less spice; may use hot pepper of your choice
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or breasts we prefer boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • Place all ingredients except chicken into a food processor or blender and mix for about 20 seconds until well combined
  • Place chicken into Ziploc bag or medium bowl and coat with marinade. Refrigerate at least 5 hours, preferably overnight
  • Preheat outdoor grill to high heat and oil grill grate
  • Cook chicken on grill for about 10-12 minutes or until juices run clear. If using bone in chicken, cooking time may need to be increased
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3 years ago

5 stars
One of my all time favorite meals. This is excellent…