BBQ Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken

My recent visit to Carribean festival inspired me to explore Carribean cookings. What else could be best to try other than Jerk chicken.  This recipe is for 6 adults and a toddler. Portions were adequate for dinner.

I marinated chicken for 24 hours but it can be done for at least 2 hours to get the authentic flavour.


  • Chicken legs and Thighs patted dry – 3 Kgs
  • Fresh lime juice, 100ml


  • Dark Rum – 5 Table Spoons
  • Malt Vinegar – 300 ml
  • Water – 100ml
  • Green onions, 15, chopped
  • Garlic cloves, 6, peeled, chopped
  • Dried Thyme – 3 tablespoons
  • Habanero chiles with seeds, 2, chopped
  • Olive oil, 2 Tablespoons
  • Ground allspice, 6 Teaspoons
  • Ground ginger, 6 Teaspoons
  • Ground cinnamon, 6 Teaspoons
  • Ground nutmeg, 3 Teaspoons
  • Sea salt, 2 Teaspoons
  • Ground black pepper, 3 Teaspoons
  • Dark brown sugar, 3 Teaspoons


  • Tomato Ketchup, 300ml
  • Soy sauce, 3 tablespoons




Clean and cut the legs as shown below such that spices can penetrate inside.

Jerky Chicken Recipe

Ready ingredients


Boil rum and water in the saucepan for a minute. Pour liquid into mixing jar. Add all ingredients under ‘Marinade’ section. Blend all ingredients well.

I was concerned that Habanero is too strong for some of us, hence I decided to add chilli after taking out marinade from the jar.  I made two marinades, one with chilli and one without.

Take extra care to handle chilli, I used gloves in case if I touch any thing sensitive areas. I suggest not to touch any other objects until you finish with Chilli. Wash hands thoroughly after preparation is over. I felt the kick just by touching chilli by finger to get a taste.

Jerky Chicken Recipe

Take 4 table spoons of marinade out and add to Ketchup, add Soy sauce and stir it well. The sauce is now ready.



Marinate Chicken

Pour all lime juice in Chicken, massage it well. Add marinade to the mixing bowl. Mix marinade and chicken in such way that every corner and the cracks in the chicken are filled.

Cover bowl with cling film and put it in the fridge for 24 hours. I prepared this in a day advance.

Jerky Chicken Recipe


I cooked chicken on the BBQ on a medium heat for 45 minutes. The temperature was between 200 – 250 degrees centigrade. Try to keep the highest distance between Chicken and Charcoal to cook slowly. Cover BBQ lid, which helps to build moisture in.




Jerk Chicken



Chicken is best served with rice. Ingredients for rice:

  • Basmati rice – 500gm
  • Coconut milk – 400ml
  • All ground spice – 2 teaspoon
  • Red kidney Beans – 400mg
  • Garlic Cloves- 4 Chopped
  • Dry Thyme – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt as per taste
  • Water as required

Final Product

Use sauce as a dip for the chicken.

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