authentic jerk chicken recipe

authentic jerk chicken recipe

Jerk refers to the blend of herb and spice seasoning rubbed into meat, before it is roasted over charcoal sprinkled with pimiento berries. In Jamaica, jerk seasoning was originally used only for pork, but jerked chicken is equally


Serves 4

  • 8 chicken pieces
For the marinade
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  •   dried thyme  1 Tsp
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp demerara sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  •  finely chopped onion 1 tbsp
  • chopped spring onion 1 tbsp
  • vinegar 1 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 hot chili pepper, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper Salad leaves, to serve

authentic jerk chicken recipe


 1.combine all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Using a fork. mash them together well to form a thick paste.
2. Lay the chicken pieces on a plate or board and make several lengthways slits in the flesh. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken
and into the slits.
3. Place the chicken pieces in a dish, cover with clear film and marinate overnight in the fridge.
4. Shake off any excess seasoning from the chicken. Brush with oil and either place on a baking sheet or on a barbecue grill if barbecuing. Cook under a preheated grill for 45 minutes, turning often. Or, if barbecuing, light the coals and when ready, cook over the coals for 30 minutes, turning often. Serve hot with salad leaves.
authentic jerk chicken recipe
The flavour is best if you marinate the chicken overnight. Sprinkle the charcoal with aromatic herbs such as bay leaves for even more flavour.

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