Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a popular dish in Jamaican cuisine that features marinated chicken that is grilled or baked. The chicken is coated in a flavorful spice blend known as “jerk seasoning,” which typically includes a mix of scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, and onion. The spice blend gives the chicken a distinct spicy and smoky flavor.
To prepare Jamaican Jerk Chicken, the chicken is first marinated in the jerk seasoning for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to fully penetrate the meat. It is then grilled or baked until fully cooked, resulting in tender and juicy chicken with a crispy skin.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken is often served with a side of rice and peas, which is made with rice, kidney beans, coconut milk, and various spices. Other popular side dishes include plantains, fried yams, and Jamaican-style coleslaw. This dish is also often accompanied by a spicy sauce or chutney made with scotch bonnet peppers.