How to Make Grilled Jerk Chicken

By Dotun Ola

One of our most beloved grilling recipes of all time is this grilled jerk chicken. It is frequently prepared during grilling season for visitors and family alike.

It is flavorful, perhaps spicier than you might prefer, and a huge hit with everyone and top it all it is simple to make. Just put the chicken and a few simple ingredients in a sealable bag, and allow the mixture to sit for a few hours.

Let’s Start With Ingredients That Can Be Substituted!

  • Chicken thighs are more suitable but can be replaced with chicken breast, you will need Teriyaki sauce, you can swap out the yellow onion for a red onion or more green onions.
  • Jalapeno peppers: If you want the sauce to be milder, completely leave out the hot peppers.
  • Similar levels of light and dark brown sugar can be used or you can completely exclude sugar from the recipe if you want to cut back or eliminate it.
  • Use equal parts of coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce to make this dish gluten-free and apple cider vinegar can be used in place of white vinegar to provide more taste.
  • In the absence of fresh thyme, use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme instead, and lastly, canola or vegetable oil can be substituted for olive oil in an equivalent quantity.

Steps to Prepare Grilled Jerk Chicken

  • Onions, jalapenos, garlic, thyme, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, Teriyaki sauce, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper should all be combined in a big bowl.
  • In a sizable Ziploc bag that can be resealed, add the well-mixed jerk marinade. Place the chicken in the bag and chill overnight.
  • Grill chicken for about 5 minutes on each side over medium heat, or until the centers are no longer pink. Return the juices to a medium saucepan and heat to a boil while you wait. Serve over the top of the grilled chicken after cooking for 10 to 15 minutes while stirring.

These ingredients’ spice levels can be customized to your preferences, so leave out jalapenos and cayenne pepper to lessen the heat or add additional peppers, such as the scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, to make the dish spicier.

Side Note: The chicken should be preferably marinated overnight for optimum result, but a minimum of four hours would also suffice.

Also, before you start cooking, chop the onion rather than dicing it, and include the whole garlic cloves if you want an extremely silky sauce. Put the marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend until you get the appropriate texture.

Based on what your taste buds are craving, you can add additional fresh herbs to the mix. A distinctive and tasty flavor is incorporated by adding parsley, chives, and basil.

Also, you’ll enjoy the vibrancy that freshly grated ginger brings to the sauce, so start with 1 teaspoon and go up from there according to your taste.

The marinade will taste fresher if you add some lime, lemon, or orange juice.

Make careful to use two Ziploc bags if you plan to store the delectable marinade in the refrigerator.

Suitable Side Dishes

Rice options include white and brown rice, cilantro lime, fresh salsa, cucumber salad or a leafy green salad, grilled potatoes or roasted potatoes, plantains, coleslaw, potato salad, garlic potatoes or baked potatoes, slices of fresh fruit, such as pineapple or mango, black beans, red beans, or baked beans and American fries.