Jerk chicken is a well-loved Jamaican dish, and the Jamaican jerk chicken recipe is pretty standard. The word jerk refers to the method in which the meat is seasoned. This usually involves marinating the meat in a spicy paste that typically consists of scotch bonnet peppers, pimento, allspice, thyme, scallions, garlic, brown sugar, and salt.
These days, making the paste from scratch is no longer necessary, as there are many authentic ready-made jerk seasonings and marinades on the market.
Here’s a simple Jamaican jerk chicken recipe that incorporates a ready-made paste:
- Your favorite Jerk Chicken Seasoning
- 1 Whole Chicken
- Lime Juice
- Fresh Scallions (optional)
- Fresh Thyme (optional)
- Thoroughly clean and cut-up chicken, and then rinse with lime juice.
- In a bowl, add a small amount of jerk seasoning and gently rub it into chicken. For best results, cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Slow cook on the grill or preheat oven to 350 degrees, cover with foil in a pan and roast in the oven with a little fresh scallions and thyme for approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink from the bone.
- Serve with rice and/or vegetables. Enjoy!