The trick to jerk chicken is nailing the flavor and consistency of the marinade. It should be paste-y, but not too thick and not too thin. This recipe starts with making the marinade, proceeds with cooking the chicken, and then mixes the chicken into a delicious Alfredo sauce to give it a Caribbean flavor. Top on pasta and you have a fantastic meal!


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins
30 mins
1 hr
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Jerk Marinade:
Alfredo Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine green onions, garlic, vegetable oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon zest, pepper flakes, salt, basil, lime juice, allspice berries, peppercorns, mustard, thyme, ginger, coriander, rosemary, and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor; blend until a paste forms, scraping down the sides as necessary. Transfer jerk marinade to a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and mix well. Seal bag, and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning chicken in the bag periodically.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook penne in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and garlic, whisking constantly until cheese is completely melted and sauce is thoroughly combined. Set aside.

  • Cook chicken in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and until it is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer chicken to the saucepan with the Alfredo sauce. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly to keep the sauce smooth and to incorporate the jerk seasoning into the Alfredo sauce. Serve over pasta.

Cook's Note:

You can use chicken breast instead of chicken thighs. Red pepper flakes may be used in place of green chile pepper flakes.

Nutrition Facts

681 calories; protein 32.7g; carbohydrates 63.5g; fat 33.9g; cholesterol 108.6mg; sodium 1025mg. Full Nutrition