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Jerk Chicken Platter with limes
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5 from 4 votes

Jerk Chicken Seasoning Recipe

Easy Jerk Seasoning recipe and instructions to grill spicy, tangy Jerk Chicken.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Marinating Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: BBQ, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Carribean, Jamaican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Cyndy Ufkes - The Art of Food and Wine



  • 3 Tbsp Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Allspice
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • ½ tsp habanero powder, optional

Jerk Marinade

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 4 Tbsp Jerk Seasoning Mix, more to taste


  • 5 Bone-in chicken thighs, with skin
  • 5 Bone-in chicken legs, with skin


Jerk Seasoning Mix:

  • Combine all ingredients in a jar. Close and shake well. Store in an airtight container for up to 3-months

Jerk Seasoning Marinade

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined. Add more jerk seasoning to taste depending on how spicy you like it.

Making Jerk Chicken:

  • Wash chicken pieces and place in a large baking dish or bowl (or an airtight freezer bag). Pour marinade over the chicken and then massage into the skin. Make sure all pieces are well coated. Cover.
  • Refrigerate for 2-24 hours.
  • Remove chicken from refrigerator about 30-minutes before grilling. Preheat grill or oven
  • For a Gas Grill: Heat to medium-high (about 350°F)
    For a Charcoal Grill: Heat coals to medium-hot. The coals should be off to one side for indirect "two-zone cooking". The chicken will cook on the other side, so not directly over the coals.
    For an Oven: Heat to 375°F
  • Place chicken on preheated grill and cook for about 20 minutes per side. Only turn once if possible to get the best sear on the skin.
    If cooking in the oven: line a baking sheet with foil and place a rack on the top. Arrange chicken in a single layer and bake for about 45 minutes total. No need to flip the chicken over.
  • Serve warm