Jerk Chicken Recipe

Authentic Jamaican jerk is so much more than a seasoning made with hot pepper blended with herbs and spices. Derived from the Spanish word charqui; Jamaicans use the word jerk to describe the process of spicing, smoking and grilling meats over a pimento wood or coal fire.
Course Chicken
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5
Author Sian Rose


  • 3 lb chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 TB jerk seasoning
  • ½ sm. onion chopped
  • Scotch Bonnet pepper optional


  1. Wash the chicken in vinegar cold water. Drain the waterfrom the chicken. Combine all ingredients in a deep bowl. Mix well to coat the chicken. Marinade chicken for 4 to 12 hours before cooking.

On the Grill

  1. Grill as you normally would and enjoy! To make sauce for basting and serving; cook remaining seasoning with 1 C. water in a small saucepan, over medium heat for 10 minutes. Use sauce to baste the chicken

In the oven

  1. Arrange chicken in single layer in an oven safe container. Bake covered, in a 350° oven for 1 hour. Remove cover, baste chicken and place on top rack of oven for 15 minutes until chicken browns and begins to crisp.