Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe came to me by way of the February 2005 Zaar recipe adoption. Don't let the amount of vinegar concern you. The finished product does not have a sour taste at all, and I was quite pleased with the recipe. The only changes I made were to reduce the amount of salt and increase the amount of chicken, as the marinade makes a substantial amount. If you choose to halve the recipe, I would recommend using the full amount of the marinade ingredients to keep the flavor in balance. Note: edited 3/19/07 to add freezing instructions for OMAC.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large food storage bag combine allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder, sugar,soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and olive oil.
  2. Add onion and green onion.
  3. Combine well.
  4. Add chicken and allow to marinate refrigerated overnight, turning occasionally.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade and bring to room temperature.
  6. If you wish to baste your chicken while grilling, bring the marinade to a hard boil in a medium saucepan to avoid any contamination.
  7. Grill chicken over hot coals or gas grill 6-10 minutes per side until juices run clear, basting occasionally.
  8. I have been told this recipe works well for those of you who do OMAC as follows:
  9. To freeze, mix marinade in large freezer bag, add chicken, then seal,lable and freeze.
  10. To serve, thaw in fridge overnight and then grill as directed.


Most Helpful

I've never made Jerk Chicken before, so decided to try this and all I can say is WOW! My DH and a friend of ours loved it! I only used 1/2 cup of the cider vinegar as that is all I had but I followed the recipe exactly other than I marinated it for 7 hours instead of overnigh. Thanks I'll be making this again!

JulesLB July 02, 2012

I haven't had jerk chicken in Jamaica like some reviewers, so I'm giving the benefit of the doubt with 4 stars instead of 3. Now, don't get me wrong- this makes for a tasty chicken and I enjoyed it. But in all honesty, this tastes like it was marinated in salad dressing. Is this what Jerk chicken is supposed to taste like? There's no great spice kick like I was expecting. Definitely no heat. (Yes, I followed the recipe exactly, for once in my life). I should have read a few other recipes first. They include things like ginger, fresh garlic, and scotch bonnet peppers. That seems way more authentic to me- or perhaps jerk chicken is just, by nature, boring.

CelticBrewer December 21, 2010

This marinade makes the chicken delicious! I use it on chicken wings and grill them up. They make a wonderful hors de voure. I make it exactly as listed, using 1 tsp of salt.

kittiemom4 December 17, 2010

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a