Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jerk Chicken

I can't believe it took me so long to try to make jerk chicken. The first time I tried jerk chicken, I instantly fell in love and was so upset that I hadn't discovered it earlier and was determined to learn to make it myself so that I could enjoy it whenever I wanted. That was almost 10 years ago!

When I saw that Kevin from Closet Cooking made his own and it looked sooo good, I knew I couldn't wait any longer, and boy am I glad I didn't. I absolutely LOVE this stuff! If you've never tried jerk chicken, I highly encourage you to do so. It's sweet, savory, fragrant, and best of all, spicy!

Don't let 10 years pass you by before you try this wonderful chicken...

Inspired by Closet Cooking


1-3 scotch bonnet peppers (I couldn't find scotch bonnet, so I used 3 jalapenos and it was still plenty spicy)
1 onion (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 green onions (chopped)
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 lime (juice and zest)
Chicken (I used a dozen drumsticks but anything will work, even other meats like pork, etc)

- Puree everything except for the chicken.
- Place the chicken in the puree and let it marinate overnight.
- Heat up your grill (or oven) and grill until the chicken is cooked through.
- My personal favorite part of jerk chicken is the marinade and I always ask for extra gravy at restaurants. At home, I like to take the marinade and boil it down into a sauce and spoon it over the chicken, the rice, the veggies, everything!


Kevin said...

Your jerk chicken looks like it turned out great! Now I am craving it again.

That Girl said...

I haven't made jerk chicken in ages! I used to make it all the time.

Joelen said...

I love the spicy flavors of jerk! This looks awesome!

Karen said...

I haven't made jerk chicken in such a long time and it's so delicious. It's going to the top of my "to cook" list!

Indonesia-Eats said...

ohh jerk chicken looks so tempting. Thanks for adding me at foodbuzz

Jo said...

haha i've heard of jerks, but jerk chicken is the first for me. but it sure does look tasty!

Reeni said...

I love jerk chicken, too! I have never tried to recreate it at home. This looks positively delicious!! I'm inspired!

Food For Tots said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Niu Year! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm really tired of spicy food because I seem to have ate too much.. but after reading this I guess it's time to try some spicy stuff again!

Andrea said...

What a great recipe. It's always nice to have an arsenal of tasty chicken recipes, since they're such crowd pleasers. Thanks for sharing!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

We make jerk chicken very often, but I use ready Jamaican jerk seasoning that comes in the jar.... 1 teaspoon is hot enough for the 10 chicken pieces. I think it is time to try make it from scratch, like you did ;)

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious, I'm going to have to try this for dinner this weekend!