Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken
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Jerk seasoning is a sweet and spicy blend of allspice, chili peppers (preferably scotch bonnet), fresh ginger, and a hint of brown sugar. Start marinating the chicken the day before for maximum flavor. Cooking on the grill adds a nice smoky flavor, but you could also bake the chicken in the oven.

This recipe has been approved as kidney-friendly by DaVita dietitians who believe a kidney-friendly diet can be both nutritious and flavorful. Enjoy!
  • Prep time
    24 hr
  • Cook time
    12 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 chicken thigh
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 chicken thigh
  • Amount per serving Calories 205

  • Total Fat 9g
    • Saturated Fat 2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 105mg
  • Sodium 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
    • Dietary Fiber 1.5g
    • Total Sugars 6g
    • Added Sugars 4g
  • Protein 21g
  • Potassium 400mg
  • Phosphorus 210mg


  • green onions (trimmed and roughly chopped)
  • small onion (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • chopped fresh ginger
    2 tsp
  • garlic
    3 clove
  • habanero or 1 scotch bonnet chili pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • white vinegar
    2 tbsp
  • soy sauce
    1 tbsp
  • canola oil
    1 tbsp
  • brown sugar
    2 tbsp
  • salt
    1 tsp
  • fresh thyme
    2 tsp
  • ground allspice
    1 tsp
  • black pepper
    1/4 tsp
  • ground nutmeg
    1/4 tsp
  • ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp
  • boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    1 1/2 lbs


  1. Place all ingredients except chicken in a food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Place chicken and blended mixture in a dish or large zip-top bag. Seal and refrigerate to marinate for 3 to 24 hours.

  3. Remove chicken from the container and discard remaining marinade.

  4. Heat a grill on medium-high heat. Oil the grill rack, then add chicken and cook on each side for about 10 to 12 minutes. Chicken should reach 165° F before removing from the grill.