Jerk Chicken

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Jerk Chicken

Spice it up island style with this “jerk” rub recipe that can be cooked with chicken, fish, tempeh, or vegetables.  Serve over salad, with black beans and rice, and/or with a pineapple or mango chutney.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


  • 6 (~2 1/2 lbs) chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 2/3 cup onions, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger, zested
  • 1 Tbsp Jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Bring a grill to medium heat (~400F).
  • Make Marinade.  Add all ingredients to a food processor and whiz it up.  Marinate chicken for 30 minutes.  Grill covered for ~ 6-7 minutes per side or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165F and juices run clear.  Baste reserved marinade over chicken as it cooks.
  • Serve with a mango or pineapple salsa, black beans and rice, or a salad.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


  • If you don’t have a grill – pre-heat oven to 375F and cook covered ~ 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165F and juices run clear.

Things In My Kitchen:

  • Microplane Zester – for zestin’ the ginger.  It’s tons easier using this than trying to mince with a knife.
  • Weber Grill – I love this grill.  Small but still plenty big enough for 12 chicken thighs and 6-8 steaks.  Plus it’s easy to clean the grates.  You’ll want to grab the stand below probably as well.
  • Weber Grill Portable Stand – Rollable and compacts.

For more kitchen items I love/use: please visit my shop page.

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Keywords: Jerk Chicken, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb, Chicken, Paleo, Whole 30, Grill, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Holidays

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