Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Seasoning

"I was fortunate to receive an old family recipe from a business associate who is from Jamaica for jerk seasoning. We like it so much that I make 2# batches at a time. For those of you not familiar with Jerk, it is a spicy, sweet, tangy and HOT seasoning for grilled meat, pork and chicken particularly. This spice blend recipe will make enough for several batches, but remember, the idea is to put as much on the meat as you can get to stick."
Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Seasoning created by anniesnomsblog
Ready In:
2hrs 30mins




  • Combine all but chicken, lime juice and oil in mixing bowl and whisk to mix well.
  • Whisk together lime juice and olive oil.
  • Rub chicken well with lime/oil mix. Do not marinate.
  • Coat chicken with dry seasoning/spice mixture. The idea here is to get as much as possible to stick to the chicken. We store our seasoning in a leftover spice container with large sprinkle holes and use that to season. This is not a rub, so it should not be applied in rub fashion.
  • Refrigerate 1-3 hours, then remove from refrigerator and allow to come to near room temperature.
  • Prepare grill for direct/indirect grilling.
  • Grill chicken over hot direct fire. Don't worry about the black, it's supposed to be there. In fact, 30-40% of the skin should end up black, but it will not be bitter.
  • Once seared, remove to the indirect heat area of the grill and cook to 165* internal temperature.
  • One quick dance across the direct heat before serving will help crisp it a bit.
  • Serve with plenty of napkins.

Join The Conversation

sort by:
  1. emma.chiren
    Hi there - is it possible to cook this jerk chicken in an oven? January in Scotland isn’t best time for BBQs but I can’t wait till summer!! Thank you!!
  2. Madeline M.
    Great the day of, but also makes an amazing chicken salad IF you manage to have leftovers. It's THAT good!
  3. Beth F.
    What makes the spices NOT a rub? What would go wrong if it was applied in a 'rub' fashion? According to this, it seems much more in line with the definition of a rub than a seasoning: https://www.spicesinc.com/p-6714-whats-the-difference-between-a-rub-and-a-seasoning.aspx
  4. Baby Kato
    Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Seasoning Created by Baby Kato
  5. anniesnomsblog
    Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Seasoning Created by anniesnomsblog



Find More Recipes