Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

Turn up the heat on your grill and pretend you’re on island time with the spice and flavor of this Jamaican Jerk Chicken.

If you like spice and flavor, jerk is the way to go. Jerk is a style of Jamaican cooking where the meat seasoned with a hot, spicy seasoning. The chef may season the meat with a dry rub or a marinade. Either method results with a deliciously spicy cut of meat.

Allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers are the base ingredients. Then add cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and salt to taste. Each recipe will vary depending on who makes it and their preference.

Jamaican jerk seasoning is often used for jerk pork. But Jamaican jerk chicken has a special place on the grill.

Adding a Jamaican jerk spice rub to traditional grilled chicken is a quick and easy way to add flavor. Don’t wait for a marinade, use this recipe by Chef Timothy Grandinetti.

With a total cook time of 14 minutes, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time—and have a few extra minutes to dream of your next island vacation.


  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 4 tbsp. thyme
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. allspice
  • 2 tbsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon


  • Preheat your Saber® grill to medium/medium high heat
  • Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl
  • Rub chicken with extra virgin olive oil and apply spice rub generously to chicken
  • Place chicken on the Saber®grill
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes on each side for a total cook time of 10-14 minutes depending on thickness of the chicken
  • Internal temperature should be a minimum of 165˚ F

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