Homemade jerk chicken

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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)

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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

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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)

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Preparation:

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