Jerk Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinade time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes
Author Natasha Bull
Servings 8
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Jerk Chicken is a delightful Caribbean chicken recipe that is spicy, sweet, zesty, and has the most delicious crispy skin. Marinating the chicken overnight makes it flavorful and juicy.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword Jerk Chicken Recipe


  • 8 pieces bone-in skin on chicken (I used drumsticks and thighs)
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 habanero or serrano peppers (chopped finely)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Scallions, for garnish (to taste)


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients (everything except the scallions) together in a bowl.

  2. Add the chicken pieces to a large ZipLoc.

  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Let the chicken marinade at least 12 hours (up to 24 hours). I like to rotate the bag once halfway through if I remember just so the marinade is evenly distributed.

To Grill:

  1. Oil the grill's grate and cook the chicken pieces over medium-high heat until they're cooked through (approximately 25 minutes). Every grill varies, so it's important to use your best judgement so it doesn't burn. I recommend keeping an eye on it while it's cooking (don't just leave it), turning it frequently, and if it looks like the skin is getting too charred, turn down the heat and/or move it to a cooler part of your BBQ. Internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165F before you eat it. Oven method: Preheat oven to 400F. Arrange chicken pieces in a baking dish or a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast chicken for 35-45 minutes. Ensure the chicken's internal temperature is 165F prior to eating it. For extra crispy skin, broil it for a few minutes at the end if needed.

  2. Serve chicken with chopped scallions.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Jerk Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 148mg6%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.