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Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Easy

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Method

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken 8 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a blender, combine all ingredients except the Scotch bonnets and blend. Add Scotch bonnet one at a time until desired spiciness is achieved. Adjust the seasoning to your liking, adding more dried spices or salt if needed.

  • Step 2

    Pour over chicken and coat thoroughly .

  • Step 3

    Let marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge or up to 48 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove chicken from the fridge and bring to room temperature.

  • Step 5

    Preheat grill. Lay the chicken legs skin side down on the hottest side of the grill in order to sear the skin side well. Grill for 5-10 minutes, reduce the temp to low or medium-low (between 250 degrees Fahrenheit and 275 degrees Fahrenheit, no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit). Cover the grill and cook for 20-40 minutes, turning occasionally.

  • Step 6

    Cook time will depend on your grill set-up, the size of your chicken legs and how cold your chicken legs are to start with! If you are grilling smaller pieces of chicken on a charcoal grill, they may be done much earlier. The goal is to maintain a low enough grill temperature so that the chicken cooks low and slow.

  • Step 7

    The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature of the chicken pieces are 160 degrees Fahrenheit for breasts and 170 degrees Fahrenheit for thighs, when tested with a meat thermometer. You can also check by cutting into the middle of the thickest piece, if the juices run clear, the chicken is done.

  • Step 8

    Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve.

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Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Nadia Boachie
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Nadia Boachie

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Yields:

Serves 4

Prep Time:

0 hours 24 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 40 mins

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Jamaican

Main Dishes

Ingredients

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 Scotch bonnet peppers

  • 1 head of garlic, peeled

  • 3 tablespoons of fresh ginger, grated

  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice (or orange juice plus a tablespoon of lime juice)

  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder

  • 2 tablespoons allspice powder

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled

  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 cup soy sauce 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 4 chicken legs 

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Method

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken 8 Steps

  • Step 1

    In a blender, combine all ingredients except the Scotch bonnets and blend. Add Scotch bonnet one at a time until desired spiciness is achieved. Adjust the seasoning to your liking, adding more dried spices or salt if needed.

  • Step 2

    Pour over chicken and coat thoroughly .

  • Step 3

    Let marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge or up to 48 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove chicken from the fridge and bring to room temperature.

  • Step 5

    Preheat grill. Lay the chicken legs skin side down on the hottest side of the grill in order to sear the skin side well. Grill for 5-10 minutes, reduce the temp to low or medium-low (between 250 degrees Fahrenheit and 275 degrees Fahrenheit, no more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit). Cover the grill and cook for 20-40 minutes, turning occasionally.

  • Step 6

    Cook time will depend on your grill set-up, the size of your chicken legs and how cold your chicken legs are to start with! If you are grilling smaller pieces of chicken on a charcoal grill, they may be done much earlier. The goal is to maintain a low enough grill temperature so that the chicken cooks low and slow.

  • Step 7

    The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature of the chicken pieces are 160 degrees Fahrenheit for breasts and 170 degrees Fahrenheit for thighs, when tested with a meat thermometer. You can also check by cutting into the middle of the thickest piece, if the juices run clear, the chicken is done.

  • Step 8

    Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve.

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Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken