Recipe: Caribbean Jerk Chicken

with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Caribbean Jerk Chicken

Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of many different cultures and flavors, reflecting the diverse history of the region. Bold and spicy flavors, fresh ingredients, and vibrant colors characterize this cuisine. Caribbean cuisine includes the food of countries such as the French West Indies and the Bahamas, and is known for its spicy and flavorful dishes, including our authentic Caribbean version of spicy jerk chicken. Our guest favorite is often served with rice and peas, which is a staple in island cuisine, or simply á la carte, with extra sauce for dipping!


  • 4 to 6 chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • 1 T. ground allspice
  • 1 T. dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 t. ground sage
  • 3/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. crushed garlic
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 3/4 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Scotch bonnet (habanero) chili pepper
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 c. onion, finely chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine the allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder, and sugar. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice.
  2. Add the chili pepper, onion, and mix well. Add the chicken breasts, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, longer if possible.
  3. Preheat your grill.
  4. Remove the chicken from the marinade and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. While grilling, baste with the marinade. Bring the leftover marinade to a boil and serve on the side for dipping.

Serves: 2-4

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