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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This spicy and flavorful chicken is perfect for a summer BBQ. The jerk seasoning adds a delicious kick, while the chicken is juicy and tender.

Tasty Team
May 05, 2023
Jamaican Jerk Chicken


for 4 servings

  • 1 3-pound chicken
  • 3 scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 644
  • Fat 41g
  • Carbs 18g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 8g
  • Protein 44g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Prepare the chicken by removing the backbone using a pair of kitchen shears or a sharp knife. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and and flatten it down to spread the chicken out as much as possible.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the peppers, garlic, thyme, allspice, onions, brown sugar, nutmeg, ginger, olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  5. Remove the foil or plastic wrap and roast the chicken for 45-50 minutes, until cooked through. Rest for 10 minutes on a cutting board before carving and serving.
  6. Enjoy!
Jamaican Jerk Chicken