Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Authentic Jamaican Jerk ChickenServes 4 Portions of Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 habanero or Scotch bonnet (very hot), or jalapeno (more mild), seeded, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 whole chicken, cut in sections, slashed 1/2" deep with a knife every few inches


Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until a smooth puree forms. Put the chicken in a large bowl, and pour over the marinade. Mix the chicken pieces around to coat them completely, cover, and marinate at least 6 hours.

Remove chicken from the jerk marinade and grill over charcoal until cooked through (internal temp of 165 degree F). You may also broil, or roast the chicken in a hot oven (425 degrees F).

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