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Jerk Chicken Recipe: Smoky & Spicy

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If you’re craving bold, smoky spicy flavour that’s going to wake up your tastebuds, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe comes from my good friend Deb, who is a great cook with tons of wisdom! I just love how easy it is to make this jerk chicken and the taste will totally surprise you! It is so good. 

I like to serve the jerk chicken with my homemade ranch dressing, some baked beans, some Mexican street corn and a simple mac & cheese. This is the ultimate comfort food meal that the whole family will enjoy! 

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Deb's Secrets for The Best Jerk Chicken

Deb is a good friend of mine and when we are together we talk about food and cooking! I just love how she explains a recipe. She always has secrets to making the dish better than any other. She is the best! So here are the tricks to making this chicken so darn good!

  1.  First you need to wash the chicken in vinegar. Deb says traditionally its important to wash your chicken to clean and to tenderize the meat. I put the chicken in a bowl and then added 2 tbsp. vinegar and gave it a wash, drained the vinegar rinsed the chicken in water and then pat it dry with paper towels. 
  2. Secondly, the seasoning! Deb says that using a jerk paste and jerk seasoning together is very important. Deb recommends using the Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Paste. They have it in hot & spicy and also mild. The hot & spicy is vey hot so judge your heat tolerance by that. The second seasoning that Deb uses for this recipe is Cool Runnings Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Powder. I live in Canada and was able to find both of these spices at Freshco
  3. Deb recommends letting the chicken marinate overnight or 24 hours for the best results.
  4. Deb likes to use chicken thighs and chicken legs for the best flavour.

Pictured below is my friend Deb. Deb was born in Kenya, Nairobi and lived there most of her life. A good part of her family lives in the Seychelle Islands. I have a whole article on the Seychelle Islands and the homemade curry spice that Deb gave me. A shared family tradition of making and sharing homemade curry powder spice. If you want to read more about the beautiful Seychelle Islands click here: Seychelles Curry: A cherished family recipe and culinary adventure.

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Ingredients

Here is the ingredients needed to make the jerk chicken:

  • 1 family sized package boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2-3 tbsp. Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (hot or mild) 
  • 2 tbsp. Cool Runnings Jerk Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Begin by add your chicken to a bowl and washing your chicken in 2 tbsp. vinegar. Drain. Rinse with water and drain again. Use paper towels to dry the chicken. Add the chicken back to a clean bowl.
  2. Add the Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk paste, and the Cool Runnings Jamaican Jerk seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and olive oil. Mix the seasoning really good cover and let marinate for at least 24 hours. 
  3. Heat your bbq grill on high heat. Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes per side or until the chicken pulls away from the grill easy. 
  4. Allow your chicken to rest unwrapped before diving into to this delightful treat. 
  5. I like to chop up the chicken and serve it with my homemade ranch dressing.
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Easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken

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This Jamaican jerk chicken is.a simple recipe that achieves big results! Grill and serve with some homemade ranch dressing, baked beans, mac and cheese and some cornbread for a delicious feast!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 family sized package boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2-3 tbsp. Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Seasoning hot or mild
  • 2 tbsp. Cool Runnings Jerk Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Begin by add your chicken to a bowl and washing your chicken in 2 tbsp. vinegar. Drain. Rinse with water and drain again. Use paper towels to dry the chicken. Add the chicken back to a clean bowl.
  • Add the Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk paste, and the Cool Runnings Jamaican Jerk seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and olive oil. Mix the seasoning really good cover and let marinate for at least 24 hours.
  • Heat your bbq grill on high heat. Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes per side or until the chicken pulls away from the grill easy.
  • Allow your chicken to rest unwrapped before diving into to this delightful treat.
  • I like to chop up the chicken and serve it with my homemade ranch dressing.
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Let's Eat!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Jamaican Jerk Chicken. I just love this smoky spicy flavour that the jerk seasoning brings. This recipe is so easy and packs so much flavour! I would love to hear from. Drop me a line or ask me a question. I have to thank Deb for all her great recipes and tips for cooking!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog article and supporting my blog! Happy Grilling!

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