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Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Updated on June 24, 2014
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Grab your chicken

You can use a whole chicken, parts, stuffed breasts, or tenders to make this recipe. The marinade will be the same but the cooking methods will differ. For the quickest and easiest jerk chicken, I use tenders and cook them on a grill. If I'm not rushed for time, I use a whole chicken or chicken parts and cook them in the oven or slow roast them on the grill.

Jerk chicken stuffed with spinach and provolone cheese. Copyright 2014 Bill Yovino
Jerk chicken stuffed with spinach and provolone cheese. Copyright 2014 Bill Yovino

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves three people six ounces of chicken


  • 18 ounces Chicken Tenders, Membrane removed
  • 2 tablespoons Walker's Wood Jerk Seasoning, Mild or Hot
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Mashed to a paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon, Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, (Optional)

Jerk your chicken

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add the chicken to the bowl and mix well to coat each piece. Refrigerate and let marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat the grill. Grill the chicken over high heat until done - about 5 minutes on each side.

Enjoy the afterglow

In addition to releasing pleasure-inducing endorphins into the blood, spicy foods are thought to provide many health benefits from weight-loss, to cancer prevention. On-going research is uncovering new benefits almost daily. I love my jerk chicken to be as spicy as I can make it. The burn feels so good. Enjoy the pain!


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