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Jerk Chicken

This jerk chicken is the best recipe to make if you want to feel like you are in the Caribbean. There are instructions on how to grill or bake the chicken for a crispy outside and a juicy inside.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 green onions roughly chopped
  • 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 lime use all of the juice
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp thyme


  • Put all of the ingredients for the marinade in a food processor and pulse until everything is combined to create a thick paste.
  • Pat dry the chicken drumsticks and add to a ziplock bag.
  • Pour the marinade into the ziplock bag and squeeze out all of the extra air. Make sure every piece of chicken is covered with the marinade.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours.


  • Preheat grill to medium or about 400 degrees and allow the chicken to reach room temperature.
  • Add the chicken to the grill and brush with the leftover marinade in the bag on top of each piece. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken over and brush the other side with the marinade as well. Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees and allow the chicken to reach room temperature.
  • Add chicken to a baking dish and pour the marinade all over the chicken. Place the chicken in the oven uncovered and allow to cook for about 45 minutes till an hour. If you want the skin to be crispy broil the chicken for a few minutes before removing.
  • Let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes then garnish with cilantro if desired.