Homemade jerk chicken

If you're a fan of this spicy, hot and smoky Jamaican treat, you will probably like this recipe that you can prepare at home. While the jerk chicken is a typical summer barbecue food, the Caribbean-inspired flavors can bring a little "sunshine" into your days in wintertime, so you will always find a great excuse to prepare this popular main dish.

Homemade jerk chicken

You can easily prepare this spicy chicken at home. (Photo: pixabay.com / Mouhcine Bahassa; License: Pixabay License {Free for commercial use; No attribution required}; Link: https://pixabay.com/photos/chicken-recipe-flat-grilling-3447081/)

What you'll need to prepare the jerk chicken:

Eight chicken legs (both the drumsticks and thighs)

2 garlic cloves

1 jalapeno (chopped)

400 grams of green onions (sliced)

2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

The juice of a lime

1 tablespoon of light brown sugar

1,5 teaspoons of ground allspice

Salt, to taste

0,5 teaspoon of dried thyme

0,5 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons of water

Vegetable oil (for grilling)


Mix the jalapeno, the lime juice, the garlic, the green onions, the brown sugar, the salt and the spices together with some oil and the water in a blender, and prepare a smooth marinade. Set aside quarter of a cup of it.

Put the chicken thighs and drumsticks into a bowl and add some salt onto them, then coat the chicken with the remaining marinade. Put it into the fridge for a few hours, or leave it there overnight.

After the chickens remained at least 2 hours in the fridge, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates.

Grill the chicken for about ten minutes, turning it a few times. Then move the meat to a cooler part of the grill, brush with the marinade you put aside previously, and grill it - now covered - until it's properly cooked. It will probably take another 10 or 15 minutes.

Anita Diós

September 2018