Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk used to refer to the slow-cook, smoking method used for preparing meat in Caribbean cuisine, but in modern days refers to the spices used to prepare the meat before cooking.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Combine all ingredients (except chicken) in a food processor , and process until a smooth puree forms.
  3. Step 3

    Put chicken in a large bowl and pour marinade over. Stir chicken pieces to coat completely; cover and marinate at least 6 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Step 4

    Prepare a gas or charcoal grill on medium heat (350 F to 375 F) for direct/indirect grilling. Remove chicken from jerk marinade. Place chicken skin-side down on the direct side of the grill. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the skin is charred and crisp, controlling any flare-ups on the grill. Turn the chicken over and move to the indirect side. Close the lid, and cook an additional 10 to 20 minutes, removing pieces as they become done.