Without fail, this Jamaican jerk chicken recipe will make you wonder why all chicken recipes aren’t more flavorful. That’s what it does to me. The jerk marinade is a quick blend of hot pepper, allspice, cinnamon, thyme, bay, brown sugar, scallions, garlic, and lime juice. It infuses the chicken with such surprising exotic flavor that’s all at once bright, sweet, savory, and spicy. It’s such a nice departure from every other chicken marinade you’re used to.
I use jalapeno to add heat over the traditional scotch bonnet chile that most jerk recipes call for, because I find scotch bonnets hard to find at my local market, but if you happen to have them available near you, use it here!
After marinating, the chicken breasts only need a quick broil and they’re done! I love how they blacken a bit, while the middles stay tender and juicy—the blessing of marinating. For a dish with so much flavor, it’s amazing that there’s such a reasonable amount of calories, which just hammers home the point that flavor isn’t always created by adding fat like butter, cream, or olive oil…but by adding spices and herbs in exciting combinations. Don’t you just love that?
Enjoy the flavor, friends!