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How to make the perfect jerk chicken: cook's tips

  • Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Put the chicken pieces on the baking tray and cook for 25-30 mins. Halfway through cooking, baste chicken with the jerk marinade juices and put back in the oven to continue cooking.

How to serve jerk chicken: Jerk chicken goes well with rice and peas, or a fresh crisp salad.


  • 2 tbsp ground pimento or allspice
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp coarse black pepper
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2-3 scotch bonnet peppers (with seeds)
  • 3 spring onions
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 chicken drumsticks or thighs


  • STEP 1

    Put all the ingredients in a food processor, excluding the chicken, and blend to a coarse paste, adding 3-4 tbsp water to loosen a little if needed. Transfer to a large bowl or dish and add the chicken, mixing well to ensure it's fully coated in the marinade. Cover and put in the fridge for at least 4 hrs (for the best flavour, marinate overnight).

  • STEP 2

    Remove the chicken from the fridge and leave it to come up to room temperature. Meanwhile, fire up the barbecue to a medium heat. Before putting the chicken on the barbecue, season with salt, then cook for 20-25 mins, turning every 3-4 mins. If the chicken starts to burn, move to a cooler area of the barbecue and cover so it continues to cook through.

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