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Fire up the grill and take a trip to the Caribbean with this traditional Jamaican Jerk Chicken, served alongside fragrant coconut rice and black beans. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef


Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Beans

The only jerk that's invited to the party

If there’s a dish that is quintessentially Jamaican, it has to be jerk chicken. Originally derived from the word “jerky” referring to the multitude of spices used in the marinade, jerk chicken is now commonly sold along the street throughout the Caribbean from roadside grills. In this traditional recipe, Barb combines a mixture of ingredients like scallions, garlic, dried thyme, cinnamon, and cloves to make a complex-tasting marinade that coats the chicken. What makes this dish truly authentic, however, is the addition of both Jamaican allspice (just a high-quality allspice) and Habanero or Scotch Bonnet peppers to the marinade, giving the chicken its signature depth of flavor and heat. If you have a grill, start the chicken skin-side down for 8-10 minutes then lower the heat, cover, and cook 30-40 minutes until it’s cooked through, turning often to prevent burning. Or, follow Barb’s easy instructions to do this in the oven. Served alongside a sweet coconut-infused rice with black beans, this meal will take your palate on a trip to Jamaica.


Barb Brillantes

Food Blogger, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder

Wishful Chef

Barb Brillantes

My recipes are simple using high quality, fresh ingredients whenever possible. I’m not vegetarian, however, I try to cook healthy dishes with a focus on whole grains and vegetables.

Barb is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer and food blogger who, for the past year, has been sharing her healthy, seasonal recipes with the world at Wishful Chef. We love her rustic style that takes the best of what’s around and puts them together into easy, eclectic, and sophisticated-but-not-fussy food, like this cocktail. Most recently, along with her husband Max, Barb launched where they send recipe kits with everything you need to make a delicious recipe straight to your door. NoshOn.It approved, indeed.

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