Jerk Marinade for Chicken Recipe

Prep Time
15 Minutes
Cook Time
35 Minutes

Get a taste of the islands right at home. Jerk chicken is a classic Caribbean dish. This spicy jerk seasoning marinade is a delicious mix of allspice, thyme, and chili peppers.

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  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 fresh hot chili pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Jerk Marinade: Stir together oil, soy sauce, lime juice, green onions, garlic, ginger, thyme, chili pepper, allspice, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne.
  2. Jerk Chicken: Fill a FoodSaver Container with the marinade and chicken; turn the valve to the marinate setting, remove the liquid reservoir, connect the FoodSaver Handheld Sealer and press the Marinate button. Allow the sealer to run a 12-minute cycle to infuse chicken with marinade.
  3. Preheat grill to medium; grease grate well. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade.
  4. Grill chicken, turning, for 20 to 25 minutes or until grill marked, and internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F.


  • Alternatively, roast chicken on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet in preheated oven (425 degrees F) for 25 to 30 minutes, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F
  • This marinade is well-known for chicken, but it’s also great for seafood and veggies. Grill, roast, or slow-cook meat in stews after marinating
  • Adjust the level of jerk spice with the variety of chili pepper used. For spicy jerk, use habanero or scotch bonnet peppers, and double the cayenne pepper in the recipe; for a less spicy marinade, use jalapeño or finger peppers, and add only a pinch of cayenne
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