Jerk Chicken Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.88 from 8 reviews

Jerk Chicken screams summer in every bite! It is so flavorful yet so easy to make! Gather all the ingredients and start cooking this perfect Caribbean dish!

I am a fan of marinating meat and this one is the bomb! You will surely love it as much as you love Asian Steak, Grilled Steak, and Korean Beef Bulgogi!

Photo of baked Jamaican jerk chicken.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jerk Chicken is a favorite around here, especially now that summer is fast approaching. Feel the beach vibes at the comfort of your home by cooking this delicious entree!

It is just a basic recipe. You only need a handful of ingredients to season the poultry with. But the flavors are intense!

You can make them as hot as the sand in your toes as you walk along the beach at noontime. Blame the peppers and chilies for that.

But of course, if you like to tone it down, you are free to do so. That is one advantage of making this at home. Feel free to adjust the proportions.

This summer favorite is here to stay throughout the year!

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What is Jerk Chicken?

It is a famous Jamaican dish made by first marinating the meat with a dry or wet spice mixture before cooking it over the fire.

It is characterized by having peppers in the spice rub giving it a hot and spicy flavor that pairs well with the smokiness.

For convenience, we will use the oven or grill to cook it in this recipe. It will still have the charred surface that this dish is also loved for.

How to make Jerk Chicken

  1. Prepare the meat: This recipe is for about 3 pounds of poultry. Trim off any excess fat or skin, then put the pieces in a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Prepare the marinade: Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Marinate: Pour the marinade inside the resealable plastic bag and coat the meat. Refrigerate the bag for 3 hours or more, but not more than 24 hours.
  4. Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then, put aluminum foil on the baking sheets. Lightly grease the foil.
  5. Bake: Arrange the poultry pieces on the baking sheet, then put them in the oven. This will take around 45 to 50 minutes, and make sure that the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. To achieve the charred surface, broil the pieces for a few minutes.

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How to make Jerk Chicken on the grill:

Follow the marinating procedure, but instead of the oven, use the gas grill. Just preheat the grill and oil the grates. Grill the marinated pieces, turning to cook uniformly. This will take about 30 minutes.

Is Jerk Chicken healthy?

Yes! Chicken is healthy with all its vitamin and protein content, especially when compared with other kinds of meat in terms of calories. If you are following a low-carb diet, then this recipe fits perfectly in it.

And jerking it is a healthy way of cooking it. Because as you grill it, you are not subjecting it to too high temperature since it is already marinated. And you are not using any additional fat in it.

Not to mention, the marinade is made of natural and fresh ingredients. Overall, this recipe is healthy!

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What to serve with Jerk Chicken?

How to store leftovers:

To refrigerate, use an airtight container. Then, store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

You can freeze the cooked dish. Put the pieces in a freezer bag, then freeze for up to 3 months.

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Recipe Tips:

  • You can repurpose the cooked dish by shredding the meat and putting in burgers or wraps.
  • Feel free to reduce or add peppers. If you can take the heat, you may use habanero or Scotch bonnet ones.
  • You may remove the skin to lessen the calories.

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4.88 from 8 reviews

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Jerk Chicken screams summer in every bite! It is so flavorful yet so easy to make! Gather all the ingredients and start cooking this perfect Caribbean dish!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 5 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 4 hrs




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Nutrition information

Calories: 559 Carbohydrates: 12 Protein: 45 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 173 Sodium: 817 Potassium: 614 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 833 Vitamin C: 51 Calcium: 60 Iron: 3
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Your Jerk Chicken looks amazing and delicious. Enjoy.


Amber Myers

Yum, this looks incredible! It's been ages since I've had jerk chicken so I need to make this.



My son loves jerk chicken. He really enjoys having it paired with rice, and veggies.


Shelley King

Jerk Chicken is one of my favorite things! I miss the Jerk Shack in Turks and Cacios! I have also had it in Jamaica! I can't wait to try it myself!


Tabitha Blue

Yum! We've been looking for some new recipes to mix up our meal planning! Thanks for sharing.



I love recipes that you can prep ahead of time and cook later. This looks delicious!


Chef Dennis

Yum! Yum! This Jerk Chicken Recipe is making me crave for chicken right now! I will definitely try making this at home .My wife will love this,.



Looks like a good chicken recipe. I love the chicken part used in this dish. Thank you for the recipe!



I have never made jerk chicken before. We are probably setting up our grill soon and I would like to give this a try.



Both my husband and son are huge chicken eaters. That's why I'm always on the lookout for new chicken recipes to try. Thanks for this! It looks good!


Terri Steffes

Of all the food experiences I have had, I have not had a real jerk chicken. Well, I am going to change that THIS YEAR. This looks amazing and something we would love.



I've never tried jerk chicken before but it looks delicious and something my family would love.


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Ooh, I love a flavorful chicken recipe and jerk chicken is one of my faves. I totally want to try this recipe over the weekend.



Oh yum! I am craving it right now because I love jerk chicken!



Jerk chicken recipe sounds delicious I am going to give this one a try . I have Jerk seasoning in hand.


Jodi Schoenauer

This is not jerk chicken. It’s chicken with jerk spices. AUTHENTIC jerk anything is smoked over REAL pimento wood. There is a HUGE difference in the flavor profile. If you’re not smoking over Pimento woodit it’s not real jerk chicken.


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