how to make jerk chicken

Easy Jerk Chicken

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 6 hours (includes marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 8 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


This recipe for easy jerk chicken is a Caribbean specialty that marinates boneless chicken in a flavorful marinade and then grills it up to spicy perfection. 


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 one inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • Flat leaf parsley for garnish


  1. Put olive oil, lime juice, scallions, garlic, thyme, ginger, sugar, allspice, chili powder, salt and pepper in a food processor and process until well combined.  The mixture will have some bits and pieces in it – that’s okay!
  2. Put the chicken in a zippered plastic bag and pour in the marinade.  Close the bag, pop it in the fridge and marinate it for at least 5 hours – overnight is even better!
  3. When you are ready to cook, crank up the grill to high.  Discard marinade. Grill the chicken until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
  4. Slice it up, garnish with parsley and enjoy the spicy flavors!