Jay's Jerk Chicken


This is one of my nephew's favorite grilled recipes. Jerk means Jamaican barbecue. This well rounded flavor of sweet, hot, herbal and spicy chicken can be served with rice, beans or pasta. Or just make a chicken sandwich out of it! I also add garlic and a kiwi to the marinade.

close up view of Jerk Chicken, served with fried potatoes and zucchini salad on a plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 45 mins
4 servings


  • 6 green onions, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • ¾ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the green onions, onion, jalapeno pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, vegetable oil, brown sugar, thyme, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Mix for about 15 seconds.

  2. Place the chicken in a medium bowl, and coat with the marinade. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight.

  3. Preheat grill for high heat.

  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook chicken on the prepared grill 6 to 8 minutes, until juices run clear.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
18g Fat
15g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 2798mg 122%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 525mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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