A zesty lime and island-spiced marinade gives this easy grilled jamaican jerk chicken tons of bold flavor and a juicy, tender center.
I have two words for you—> FLAVOR. BOMB.
Seriously, SO. MUCH. FLAVOR.
It’s spicy with a little bit of sweetness and grilling gives the outside a nice crispness while the inside stays nice and juicy-tender. If you’ve never tried Jamaican jerk anything before, your mind is about to be blown. And don’t shy away from the ginger in this recipe! I generally don’t love ginger but in this recipe, it absolutely works – it’s not overpowering but ads a lot of umph to the dish and helps give it that signature Jamaican jerk flavor.
- 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 5 tablespoons oil
- juice of 4 limes (about 5-6 tablespoons)
- 2 green onions, roughly chopped
- 4 habanero chiles (sems and seeds removed) roughly chopped
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ tablespoon black pepper
- Combine oil, lime juice, and next 9 ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until well blended. Reserve ¼ cup of the mixture in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Transfer remaining mixture into a large resealable bag. Add chicken, seal bag, and chill for 3-8 hours.
- Grease and preheat grill. Remove chicken from bag, discard the bag and remaining marinade. Grill chicken 5-6 minutes on each side.
- Brush reserved sauce over the chicken and grill 2-3 minutes longer on each side until cooked through (large chicken breasts may need some additional grilling time) Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve immediately.
Recipe roughly adapted from Bon Appetit.