Jerk Chicken recipe– If you love that smoky flavour partying in your mouth, join in for a Jamaican celebration of the Jerk Chicken.
The aromatic flavours go right to the bone and even the last bite will never disappoint you. It is a bomb of an impression here.
What is Jerk Chicken?
Jerk Chicken refers to slow-cooking seasoned chicken over fire or grilling over burning coals.
The marinades or paste vary with respect to the peppers used. History speaks of Bird peppers, Pimento and pepper elder in their recipes, where the meat is smoked over pimento wood.
The Jerk way of cooking can be done with sausage, beef, pork, lamb, goat, boar, turkey or even seafood or vegetables.
While the ready-to-use Jerk seasoning is available at stores in mild and spicy variations, you can make your own at home.
You can use Scotch bonnet peppers or habaneros or any red hot chillies, black peppers, cayenne peppers scallions, garlic, ginger, thyme, cinnamon and few other ingredients for the seasoning.
Have no fear if you don’t own a smoker or grill. You can turn your oven into one and get your spicy grilled-meat ready.
Jerk Chicken is usually a Caribbean celebration during Christmas. It is commonly served with rice and peas, or just a fresh salad, beans, plantains, sweet potatoes or cornbread fritters.
Reason To love Jerk chicken recipe:
- For those who love a kick of spice in your palate, this is one that will be an explosion indeed.
- The use of pimento wood and its leaves will make that authentic difference.
- Yet, in my oven, I have baked this delicious Jerk Chicken, with the spices I have and the peppers, garlic and onions. It was amazingly scrumptious, tender and moist.
- Imagine how much of a unique flavour it would give you if done the authentic way of grilling over pimento wood.
- I know the marinade needs to wait for a long time, but it’s every ounce of enjoyment you would get that the wait is worth the effort.
what you’ll need to make jerk sauce:
- Green Onions: The green onions can be substituted with red onions. Onion powder can also be used for rubbing on the chicken.
- Ginger & Garlic: Fresh ginger and garlic are always best. When they blend together, they give a beautiful layer of flavour. Likewise, if you only have garlic powder, go ahead.
- Peppers: You can adjust the different kinds of peppers as per your taste and spice levels. For a milder version, use jalapenos. Make sure to use gloves for the hot ones.
- Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is best.
- Cinnamon Powder: This helps elevate the spices to the next level, with its sweet and woody flavour. Likewise, nutmeg plays an important role in giving that warm and nutty flavour. Also add in spices you like to please your palate.
- Thyme: If you have fresh thyme leaves or Dried Thyme it works perfect.
How To make Jerk sauce:
- Add all the jerk sauce ingredients into the blender and blend to a fine paste. (Sprinkle one tablespoon water if needed) (Photos 1 & 2)
- Jerk Sauce is ready to be used.
What you’ll need to make Jamaican Jerk chicken:
Step by step instructions:
- Take the jerk sauce and add to the chicken (Photo 1)
- And Rub the sauce all over the chicken.Let the jerk chicken marinate for 1 hour to 6 hours. (Photo 2 & 3)
- Pre-heat oven for 375 degrees F/ 190 Degrees C line a baking sheet, spray some oil/line an aluminum foil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange the chicken pieces leaving space between them. (Photo 4)
- Spoon marinade over the chicken, spray oil all over, and bake for 15 minutes. (Photo 5)
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven, Flip the chicken, spoon some more marinade all over the chicken, spray oil and bake for another 15 minutes. The chicken has been thoroughly cooked. (Photo 6)
- Lastly, Turn the oven to broil, broil the chicken for 5 minutes until you get the browning. (Photos 7 & 8)
- Marinating the chicken will give you the much needed flavour, preferably 24 hours or overnight
- Poking holes into the meat is key to spreading the marinade well
- Rubbing the marinade underneath the skin enhances flavour if you are using skin on meat.
- For the best flavourful juicy chicken, thighs top the list or even drumsticks
- If using boneless skinless chicken breasts, don’t keep the marinade for long (max 6 hours) and grill over medium high heat and watch them carefully as they can easily burn on the outside before the inside is cooked.
- To cut down your carbs, chicken is a reliable source of help. If you’re health conscious, go for lean chicken.
- The marinade is the shield to combat any risks of grilling. Spices and flavour are also healthy and do not add to your weight.
- And the best part is the slow cooking (grilling) is enough to give you some healthy wholesome food.
- With an eye on your portion sizes, you are in for a yummy healthy treat.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What are the suggested chicken cuts?
Wings and thighs are used, while legs or breast meat will be fine.
- What does the Jerk seasoning go best with?
Pork, Chicken, Fish, and Shrimp
- How long can you store the Jerk marinade?
The marinade can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months
- Can left-overs be stored?
Left-overs can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months
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