Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Hey there, food lovers! Ever fancied a taste of the tropics without leaving your kitchen? Well, you’re in luck. Today, we’re taking a culinary trip to the heart of the Caribbean with a mouthwatering Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe. This is no ordinary chicken dish, my friends. It’s an explosion of flavors, brimming with the perfect mix of spice, sweetness, and a smoky hint, thanks to our homemade jerk seasoning. Intrigued? You should be. Let’s get started on this delicious adventure.
For the Jerk Chicken:
- 4 chicken quarters
- 2 limes, freshly squeezed
- Salt to taste
For the Jerk Seasoning try Grace Jerk and Other sauces:
Grace Hot Jerk Seasoning, Jamaican Dried Jerk Seasoning, Jerk BBQ Sauce, Jerk Marinade, Mild Jerk Seasoning, Tropical Rhythms Fruit Punch, Tropical Rhythms Fruit Punch Reggae Medley, Tropical Rhythms Guava Carrot, Tropical Rhythms Island Mango, Tropical Rhythms Pineapple Ginger, Tropical Rhythms Pineapple Guava, Tropical Rhythms Sorrell Ginger
To get started, wash the chicken quarters under cold running water, then pat them dry. Marinate them in freshly squeezed lime juice and a pinch of salt. Let them rest while we prepare the jerk seasoning.
How to Prepare
For the jerk seasoning, combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth paste. It’s going to smell amazing, but wait until you taste it! Slather this jerk seasoning generously over the chicken quarters, making sure to rub it into every crevice. Then, let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if you have the time. The longer, the better, as it allows the flavors to really penetrate the meat.
When you’re ready to cook, preheat your grill to medium heat. Place the marinated chicken quarters on the grill, skin side down. Cook for about 45 minutes, turning occasionally until the chicken is fully cooked and the skin is crispy and charred.
Preparation time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including 2 hours of marinating) Cooking time: 45 minutes Total time: 3 hours
This recipe serves 4 people. Perfect for a family meal or a small get-together.
- Can I use chicken breasts instead of quarters? Absolutely! Just adjust the cooking time as chicken breasts may cook faster.
- Can I use store-bought jerk seasoning? Yes, but making it from scratch gives a more authentic flavor.
- Can this be cooked in the oven? Yes. Cook at 180°C (350°F) for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
- How spicy is this dish? The scotch bonnet peppers give it a kick, but you can adjust to your preference.
- How long can I marinate the chicken? Ideally, overnight. But if you’re short on time, a minimum of 2 hours will work.
There you have it – your very own Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Homemade Jerk Seasoning. A truly rewarding dish that brings the Caribbean right to your table. With its vibrant flavors and tantalizing aroma, this is one recipe that will impress your guests and satisfy your cravings for a tropical feast. Enjoy your culinary journey! Remember, the secret is in the seasoning and the love you put into it. Happy cooking, folks!