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Jamaican Jerk Chicken on the bbq

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Get ready to turn up the heat and bring some island vibes to your backyard with this super fun and easy Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe! This dish is all about big, bold flavors and having a great time while you cook. So, grab your ingredients, invite some friends, and let’s get this tropical party started!

What You Need:

  • Chicken Pieces: Grab about 2 pounds (like thighs and drumsticks for extra juiciness).
  • Jerk Seasoning: 4 tablespoons of ready-made or homemade jerk spice mix.
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced (because garlic makes everything better).
  • Ginger: A thumb-sized piece, freshly grated.
  • Soy Sauce: A splash (about 2 tablespoons) to bring all the flavors together.
  • Orange Juice: For a bit of citrus tang, about ¼ cup.
  • Honey: A sweet drizzle, around 2 tablespoons.
  • Lime: Juice of 1 lime for that zesty kick.
  • Green Onions: A handful, chopped, for garnish and flavor.
  • Thyme: A few sprigs for that authentic taste.


  • Grill (gas or charcoal)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Brush (for the sauce)
  • Tongs (for flipping the chicken)

Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Marinate to Celebrate: In a big bowl, mix together jerk seasoning, minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, orange juice, honey, and lime juice. Whisk it up until it’s looking like a party. Toss your chicken pieces in this marinade and let them soak up the fun for at least an hour (overnight is even better if you plan ahead!).
  2. Fire Up the Grill: Get your grill hot and ready, aiming for a medium heat. You want it hot enough to sizzle but not burn our party guests (the chicken, that is).
  3. Grill and Chill: Oil your grill grates a little to prevent sticking. Place your marinated chicken on the grill, and let it cook. Keep the lid closed as much as you can to keep the smoke and heat in, turning the chicken occasionally. You’ll want to cook those pieces until they’re beautifully charred and shout out, “I’m done!” — about 30-35 minutes.
  4. Baste and Boost: If you have leftover marinade, give it a quick boil for a few minutes to make it safe and use it to baste your chicken halfway through grilling. This will boost the flavors even more.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Once your chicken is cooked and resting, throw some chopped green onions and thyme sprigs on top for that fresh, herby finish.
  6. Enjoy the Party: Serve your Jamaican Jerk Chicken with sides like rice and peas or a fresh mango salad. Don’t forget the cold drinks to cool down the spice!


And there you have it—a simple and fun way to make Jamaican Jerk Chicken right in your own backyard. Turn on some reggae tunes, enjoy the good food and great company, and keep the summer vibes going strong!

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