Chicken, Dinner, Jamaican, Keto Recipes

Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe: A Taste of the Caribbean

Meta Description: Dive into the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean with this authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe. Learn how to marinate, season, and grill a whole chicken to perfection, and savor the smoky, spicy, and savory goodness with your favorite sides.

Introduction to Jamaican Jerk Chicken

When it comes to Caribbean cuisine, few dishes are as iconic and flavorful as Jamaican Jerk Chicken. This spicy, smoky, and savory delight is a staple in Jamaican culture and has won hearts all over the world. In this blog, we’ll take you on a culinary journey to the Caribbean, teaching you how to make an authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken using a whole chicken and a medley of aromatic seasonings. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the perfect blend of spice and flavor.

Gather Your Ingredients:

To create the perfect Jamaican Jerk Chicken, it’s essential to gather all the necessary ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole Chicken
  • Pimento Seeds/All Spice
  • Green Scallions
  • 4 pods fresh garlic
  • Fresh Ginger
  • White Onions
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Vinegar
  • Scotch Bonnet or Habanero Pepper
  • 1 Tbs Walkerswood Jerk Sauce
  • 1 Tbs Browning
  • 1 Tbs Liquid Maggi Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs Seasoning Salt

Preparing the Chicken

Start by washing the whole chicken with vinegar, ensuring it’s thoroughly cleaned

Cut the chicken into smaller pieces, leaving the breast attached to the wing.

Creating the Dry Rub

Prepare a dry rub by mixing all-purpose seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, black pepper, and crushed pimento seeds (All Spice).

Season the chicken generously with the dry rub. Make sure to get the seasoning into all the nooks and crannies. You can let this marinate for a while, or proceed to the next step immediately.

Preparing the Wet Rub

To prepare the wet rub, in a blender, combine green scallions, fresh thyme, 1 Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper (adjust to your spice preference), a handful of garlic cloves, pimento seeds, vinegar, liquid Maggi seasoning, and the Walkerswood Jerk Sauce. Blend until you have a smooth wet rub.

Pour the wet rub all over the seasoned chicken, ensuring that it’s well-coated. You can even use the neck and any extra pieces of meat for additional flavor.

Let the marinated chicken sit for a few hours or overnight to absorb the flavors. The longer it marinates, the better the taste.

Grilling the Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Prepare your grill or smoker for cooking. Use your favorite wood chips for a smoky flavor, and cook the chicken until it’s tender and well-charred.

Savoring the Flavor

Once cooked, serve your Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken with traditional sides like rice and peas or fried plantains.

Final Thoughts

Creating authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a culinary adventure worth embarking on. The combination of aromatic spices, fiery Scotch Bonnet peppers, and the smokiness from the grill creates a taste that’s truly unique. So, gather your ingredients, follow the steps carefully, and enjoy a taste of the Caribbean right in your own home. Whether you’re cooking for friends, family, or just yourself, this Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe is sure to impress and satisfy your taste buds. Embrace the vibrant flavors of Jamaica and transport your palate to the sunny shores of the Caribbean.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For an even spicier kick, add extra Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper to the wet rub.
  • Marinating the chicken overnight enhances the flavors, but a few hours will also yield delicious results.
  • The type of wood chips you use for smoking can impact the flavor. Pimento wood, if available, provides an authentic touch.

Variations:

  • Try Jerk Chicken wings for a tasty appetizer.
  • Substitute chicken with pork, shrimp, or tofu for a different twist on jerk seasoning.
  • If you prefer a milder version, reduce the amount of Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper.

What to Serve with Jerk Chicken:

  • Rice and peas: A side dish made with rice and kidney beans, cooked in coconut milk with a hint of thyme and Scotch Bonnet pepper.
  • Fried Plantains: Sliced ripe plantains fried to golden perfection, providing a sweet and savory contrast to the spicy chicken.
  • Festival Bread: A Jamaican cornmeal bread, slightly sweet and fried until golden brown, perfect for sopping up the jerk sauce.

Storage Tips:

If you have leftovers, store your Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be reheated and enjoyed for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for longer-term storage; just ensure it’s well wrapped to maintain its flavor.

Recipe Card

5 from 1 vote

Authentic Jerk Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking Mode Disabled

Instructions

  1. Start by washing the whole chicken with vinegar. You can use about 2 capfuls of vinegar in the water. Ensure it’s thoroughly cleaned.

  2. Cut the chicken into smaller pieces for marinating. You can leave the breast attached to the wing.

  3. Prepare the dry rub by mixing the following seasonings: 1 tablespoon each of all-purpose seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoning salt. Additionally, add 1 tablespoon of black pepper and the crushed pimento seeds (All Spice).

  4. Season the chicken generously with the dry rub. Make sure to get the seasoning into all the nooks and crannies. You can let this marinate for a while, or proceed to the next step immediately.

  5. To prepare the wet rub, in a blender, combine green scallions, fresh thyme, 1 Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper (adjust to your spice preference), a handful of garlic cloves, pimento seeds, vinegar, liquid Maggi seasoning, and the Walkerswood Jerk Sauce. Blend until you have a smooth wet rub.

  6. Pour the wet rub all over the seasoned chicken, ensuring that it’s well-coated. You can even use the neck and any extra pieces of meat for additional flavor.

  7. Let the marinated chicken sit for a few hours or overnight to absorb the flavors. The longer it marinates, the better the taste.

  8. Prepare your grill or smoker for cooking. Use your favorite wood chips for a smoky flavor, and cook the chicken until it’s tender and well-charred.

  9. Once cooked, serve your Jamaican Jerk Chicken with your favorite sides, such as rice and peas and fried plantains. 

Equipment

Just a heads up: This page might contain affiliate links. I’m here to share the kitchen tools I personally rely on daily. If you decide to click on a link and make a purchase, please be assured that you won’t incur any additional costs. However, I may earn a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Hey family,

My name is Aaron Brown. You can call me “A.B.”

My mission is to help you level up the process of making your favorite mealswith my video tutorials and recipe guides,plus my tried-and-true spices, cookware, and more that make every meal special.

Sign Up For Our E-Newsletter
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWSLETTER

Get a Free Recipe + 10% off when you sign up for our email list.

No spam… you’ll only receive notifications about new meals, videos, products, and updates!

Browse Recipes by Category

Most Popular Recipes

Featured Products

Cookbooks

E-Newsletter Signup

Get a free recipe + 10% off when you sign up for my email list.

No spam… you’ll only receive notifications about my latest meals, YouTube videos, products, and updates!

AB'S FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOL!
Never over/undercook your food again with SnG Food Thermometer! This handy tool accurately measures food temperatures and eliminates the guesswork. Get your food cooked to perfection every time! Available in colors black and red.