Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken

I have been seeing this recipe in literally every cookbook I have been looking at for a while.

I actually first came across this recipe in one of Mary Berry’s cookbooks and well, the picture did not look that appetizing.

Trust me when I say that my father is a visual eater when it comes to food. If it looks colourful he will want more, but if it looks all brown like I dug it out of the mud he is going to pull his face and only want 1 small small piece and then complain that please don’t make it again and then use his cheap mind trick line on me… “All I beg of your is to please make…..,”

The line works sometimes and sometimes, it goes in the one ear and comes out the other.

The other morning, when I forgot to defrost the meat before going to work, I had zero idea of what to make for supper. Take aways are always a no no in our house but will only be tolerated in emergencies. Me forgetting to take out meat is not an emergency.

Seeing as the store on the way home only had a wide selection of chicken I decided to grab a pack of drumsticks and rush home.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw these drum sticks was this Jerk chicken recipe.

It was super easy to make, but as I was saying about visual appearances, it is far from it. The all spice powder and pepper gave the chicken a brownish appearance and when my father saw the left over residue in the baking pan, he thought it reminded him of mud.

He devoured the grilled pineapple slices without complaining. I liked the chicken, the flavours just burst on your tongue and especially when you bite into the crispy chicken skin. Reminds me so much of Jamaica. Not that I have ever been. But Hossain Bolt has invited me many times J


  • 8 x chicken drumsticks.
  • 3 x tbsp. lime juice.
  • 2 x tsp oil.
  • 4 x tbsp. onion powder.
  • 1 x tsp masala.
  • 2 x cloves garlic, crushed.
  • 1 x tbsp. all spiced powder.
  • 2 x tsp dried thyme.
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Grilled pineapple rings


  • Whisk together all the ingredients, expect the chicken in a bowl.
  • Pour into a sealable plastic bag.
  • Place the chicken in the bag and mix it around.
  • Seal the bag and pop into the fridge to marinade for 3 hours.
  • Pour the chicken and all the marinade into a baking tray.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Garnish with grilled pineapple rings.

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