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The Ultimate Fiery Hot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Updated on January 9, 2015

Fiery Hot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Are you looking for the best home made jerk chicken recipe? I guarantee you won't be disappointed if you try my recipe for Jamaican jerk chicken!

Jamaican jerk chicken is a dish that lots of people make, but so often using a ready made, shop bought, jerk chicken marinade.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, some of the Jamaican jerk marinades you can buy are really very good, but nothing can beat a homemade marinade for a really authentic jerk chicken flavour.

Jerk chicken marinade is easy to make at home and the flavours are amazing, so why not try my fiery hot Jamaican jerk chicken; it's really worth the 15 minutes extra work, which is all that it'll take to make your own marinade.

Photo courtesy of: freecandy13

Crack open a Red Stripe, shut your eyes and you could be in Montego Bay!

Serve with my Very Best Rice and Peas.

Caribbean Cooking Made Easy

Levi Roots shot to fame with his after his unique pitch for an investor in his Reggae Reggae sauce on Dragon's Den.

Here he shows us that Caribbean cooking can be really easy to do. Try his sticky jerk wings, they are so good!

Ingredients To Make The Fiery Jerk Chicken Marinade

2 tsp cinnamon powder

2tsp grated nutmeg

2tsp ginger powder

2tsp dried thyme

2tsp allspice

2tsp hot chilli powder

2 peeled garlic cloves

5 cm piece of peeled fresh ginger roughly chopped

1tbs soft brown sugar

60ml lime juice (bottled is fine)

60ml dark soy sauce

100ml cider or wine vinegar

1 quartered peeled onion

2 fresh chillies. Use your favourite; red or green, bird eye, scotch bonnet - as long as they're hot!

60ml dark Jamaican rum. Worth investing in just for this dish, but if you don't have any, you can try brandy, sherry or white rum

How To Make The Fiery Hot Jamaican Jerk Chicken Marinade...

It's as easy as this....

Put all of the ingredients above into a food processor and blitz to a thickish paste.

Ready Made Jerk Seasoning & Marinade - If you don't have the ingredients to make your own then try one of these ready made Jerk seasonings!

To Make Enough Jerk Chicken For 4 Servings You Will Also Need

4 chicken breasts, without skin, with or without bone. I've also used a boneless breast fillet, ready prepared for the oven and sold in a disposable roasting tray.

How To Make The Jerk Chicken

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade, that's a moderately hot oven, 400 fahrenheit or gas mark 6.

Diagonally slash the chicken to about a 1cm 3 or 4 times

Put the chicken slash-side down in a dish and pour the jerk chicken marinade over. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours, or, ideally overnight.

If you're using the oven ready joint, you can marinade the jerk chicken in its foil tray and then transfer to the oven. If using chicken breasts, line an oven proof dish with foil and tip the chicken breasts and the marinade in, slash side up.

Place the dish (or foil tray) in the oven and cook for 1 hour. Check the chicken halfway through to make sure no excess juice needs pouring off.

Jamie Oliver's Killer Jerk Chicken - Jamie Oliver makes his jerk chicken recipe in 30 minutes

Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast

You can get Jamie's killer jerk chicken recipe from his Meals in Minutes cookbook.


Why Not Have A Jamaican Or Caribbean Themed Evening Or BBQ? - Caribbean music to accompany your Caribbean food!

Now that you have made your Jerk Chicken... (don't forget to make the Rice and Peas to accompany it) sit back, chill out and treat your guests to some of the best in Caribbean music!


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      2 years ago

      "Levi Roots shot to fame with his after his unique pitch for an investor in his Reggae Reggae sauce on Dragon's Den."

      There's a spelling mistake. I'm still going to try this tonight- I'm just saying.


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      4 years ago

      This recipe is wonderful. Will never buy jerk chicken from a restaurant again.

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      Sniff It Out 

      5 years ago

      @Arachnea - If you don't buy alcohol then I would just leave it out of the recipe, I have made the jerk chicken without the rum before and it still turned out great! :-)

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      Tony Payne 

      5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds really good. I guess I was spoiled by having some real traditional Jerk chicken and pork in Jamaica when I worked out there a few years ago, and nothing I have tried since comes close.

      I think the only way to make this properly is to make the seasoning myself. Must see if I can try sometime.

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      Tanya Jones 

      5 years ago from Texas USA

      This looks so yum. Is there a substitute for the rum you might suggest? I don't purchase alcohol. When I saw the image at first, I thought hmmm, yum, bbq. But, I've never had jerk chicken and will try it w/o the rum. Maybe a fruit juice would work instead.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Looks so mouthwatering!

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      YUM. This looks so good!

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      Paula Hite 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Time for grilling season to start! I shared your recipe on our G+ page today!

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      6 years ago

      Love this. Just came back from Jamaica, and had my first taste of jerk chicken in Montego Bay.

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      askformore lm 

      6 years ago

      Thank you! Very delicious.

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      John Tannahill 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Jerk chicken is one of my faves.

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      7 years ago

      I love jerk chicken. I have Jamie's 30 minute meals and have made the recipe from it. Really tasty.

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      7 years ago

      will try it soon ... hopefully it's as good as u say :)


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