Jerk Chicken

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by evelyn/athens

From Gourmet, May, 2003. This gives the bbq, gas grill and roast method. The chicken is delicious.

Top Review by LifeIsGood

Excellent! I halved the recipe and used serrano peppers. I chose to marinate the chicken overnight. Since it's winter, I used the oven method -(thank you so much for posting alternate methods!) bake and broil. It still turned out fabulous! The flavor is amazing. I especiallly love the hint of cinnamon! This recipe will go into my best-of-the-best file. I can't wait to break out the grill!!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Discard stems, seeds, and ribs from 2 chiles and coarsely chop.
  2. Coarsely chop remaining chile including seeds (for a less spicy dish, seed half of chile before chopping).
  3. Blend chiles with remaining ingredients except chicken in a food processor until a paste forms.
  4. Cut several 1-inch-long slits in each piece of chicken, then rub paste all over chicken, rubbing it into slits.
  5. Marinate, covered and chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 1 day (longer is better for flavour).
  6. To cook chicken on charcoal kettle grill: When charcoal turns grayish white (15 to 20 minutes from lighting) and you can hold your hand 5 inches about top rack for 3 to 4 seconds, grill chicken, skin sides down first, on portion of lightly oiled grill rack with no coals underneath, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. To cook chicken using indirect heat on gas grill: Preheat all burners on high (until thermostat registers 500°F).
  8. Turn off 1 burner and reduce heat on other burner (or burners) to medium.
  9. (Thermostat should register 350 to 375°F.) Grill chicken, skin sides down first, on portion of lightly oiled grill rack over unlit burner, covered, turning occasionally, until cooked through, 20 to 30 minutes.
  10. If you aren't able to grill, you can roast jerk chicken, skin sides up, in 2 large shallow flameproof baking pans (1 inch deep) in upper and lower thirds of a preheated 450°F oven, switching position of pans halfway through roasting, until cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Then turn on broiler and broil chicken, about 4 inches from heat, until skin is browned and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.

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