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Jerk Chicken

April 24, 2016


5 from 1 vote

Part spicy, part sweet, and totally delicious – This quick, easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe will enliven your taste buds using common spices you have in your cupboard.
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Spice up your weekly (or perhaps daily) chicken dinner with Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it combines spices you have around your house into a unique and different flavor.

Jerk Chicken - 2Teaspoons

I like trying new recipes, but I get a little exhausted (and my spice cabinet cringes a little) when a recipe tells me to buy a bunch of new spices so I can use ½ teaspoon of each.

The spices for a classic jerk chicken rub are not that unusual, like allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper. Because I’m so used to these spices, I was very surprised when they combined to create a welcoming new flavor. This jerk chicken is part spicy, part sweet, and totally delicious 🙂

Jerk Chicken - 2Teaspoons

The jerk chicken recipe is also super quick and easy. It only takes about 15 minutes to cook and even less time to put together. You can have this recipe on the table in 30 minutes – perfect for busy weekdays and weekends alike.

Jerk Chicken - 2Teaspoons

This jerk chicken recipe goes well with rice, beans, or a salad. If you’re feeling more adventurous try pairing it with fried plantains. Just look for the huge bananas at either a specialty grocery stores (like Whole Foods) or many regular grocery stores (I’ve bought them at Stop & Shop in Connecticut). Enjoy! 🙂


Jerk Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Part spicy, part sweet, and totally delicious - This quick, easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe will enliven your taste buds.
Course Main
Servings 2 -4
Author 2Teaspoons


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cut into thin pieces
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or substitute 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoons thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • optional: limes for garnish


  1. Preheat broiler and adjust rack to be about 6 inches from the heat.
  2. Cut or pound chicken into thin slices, about ½-1 inch thick. Set aside in large bowl. Cut onion into large slices. Add to large bowl and mix with chicken.
  3. In a small bowl combine and mix together garlic, ginger, allspice, paprika, thyme, cayenne pepper, and sugar. Add olive oil to form a paste. Pour mixture over chicken and onions and mix to coat evenly (I use my hands).
  4. Arrange chicken and onions on a large broiling or baking sheet in a single layer. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook under the broiler until chicken is fully cooked (internal temperature of 165 degrees F), about 12-16 minutes. Serve immediately. Suggested sides include: rice, beans, fried plantains, and lime slices.

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    Kate @

    5 stars
    I also had no idea that jerk seasoning was so easy to make! I bet a little bit of lime juice squeezed over that spicy chicken would be ah-mazing!

    • Avatar for Karen


      Hi Kate! I was super surprised by how easy the jerk seasoning was too – I definitely recommend trying it out 🙂

Hi! I'm Karen, the recipe creator, photographer, and food fanatic here at 2Teaspoons. I love delicious food and I love sharing it with great people like you. Welcome to my dinner table, pull up a chair! Read More… →

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