Jerk Chicken Marinade

Jerk Chicken is marinated in a flavorful and spicy Jerk Chicken Marinade and cooked on the grill.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Keyword chicken marinade, grilled chicken, jerk chicken, jerk marinade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinating time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 577 kcal


  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks

Jerk Marinade:

  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 spicy pepper like Habanero or Scotch Bonnet (may use jalapenos for less spice)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 limes juice only
  • 1 lime juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt



  1. Chop onion and scallions and add it to the food processor. Add spicy pepper, garlic cloves, and all remaining ingredients.

  2. Pulse until the mixture if completely smooth and blended. 

Marinating Chicken:

  1. Place chicken into a large zip-lock bag and pour all the marinade over it.

  2. Close the bag and mix so chicken is coated evenly.

  3. Lay the bag down in a large plate and refrigerate overnight to marinade. 

Cooking Jerk Chicken on the Grill:

  1. Start the coals and make sure to preheat the grill first. Brush the grill grate with some oil to grease it and place chicken drumsticks on the grill.

  2. Close the lid and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Open the lid and use metal tongues to flip the chicken quarter of the way. Close the lid and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Flip chicken another quarter of the way. Repeat until chicken is cooked all around. (Depending on the size of the drumsticks, it will take 30-35 minutes.)

  3. Use a leave-in thermometer to take the temperature of the chicken as it cooks. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the biggest drumstick and cook until the internal temperature is 165°.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Jerk Chicken Marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 139mg46%
Sodium 975mg42%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Vitamin C 23.3mg28%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.