I know many of you are probably so excited for it to be Friday!  Today however is my last day of summer vacation as teachers in our county return back to school on Monday, so I’m a little sad to see summer almost over.  Luckily we get an entire week to get set up before the kiddo’s arrive.  But what I would give for a few more days of sleeping in, laying by the pool, and enjoying spending lots of free time cooking and baking in the kitchen.  For now though, I’ll enjoy this last weekend of freedom.  My littler sister actually scheduled an impromptu visit so we plan to go into DC Saturday to get some good eats, go to museums, and visit our older sister.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to see our weekend adventures.

And don’t forget to enter the Month’s Supply of Siggi’s Yogurt Giveaway I’m running through Saturday night.  I’ll pick and notify a winner Sunday! 🙂

Grilled Jamican Jerk Chicken- Sweet and Strong BlogNow let’s get to this delicious recipe, today I am linking up with Heather for Friday Favorites and Annmarie, Farrah,  Esther, and Jess for Foodie Fridays.  This recipe has been a favorite in our house and I have no idea why it took me so long to share it with you.  I start the chicken marinade by making a Jamaican Jerk Seasoning blend.  But you could always buy a pre blended seasoning.  I just like making my own because I can control the sodium and I usually have all the spices in my pantry.  This recipe makes extra seasoning so you can store and save the extra for another time.  In addition to the seasoning I add a little olive oil, soy sauce, and lime.  This combination is so flavorful!  At our house we try to keep grilling until there is literally snow on the deck, but I’m sure you could adjust the wet ingredients a bit and also bake or cook the chicken in a crockpot and it would still be delicious!

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken- Sweet and Strong Blog

This Jamaican Jerk Chicken is so versatile, we’ve eaten it as tacos, sandwiches, or on salads.  I’ve also served it with cilantro lime rice, grilled veggies and/or chips and pineapple salsa.  And it would be the perfect meal to pair with my Spicy Jalapeño Margarita Recipe.

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken- Sweet and Strong Blog

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe
Author: Sweet And Strong
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Serves: 4
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • For the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning blend 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the Marinade: 1/4 cup light sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional garnishes: Fresh cilantro, extra lime juice, and/or pineapple.
  1. Pound the chicken breasts so they are about 1/2 inch thick. Place chicken in a resealable bag.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning in a small bowl. Add about 2 Tbsp of the seasoning blend to the chicken. You can store any additional seasoning blend in an airtight container.
  3. For the marinade whisk together the soy sauce or tamari, lime juice, and olive oil and add to the chicken. Refrigerate the marinating chicken for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Use tongs to transfer the chicken from the marinade bag to the grill. Discard the bag. Cook chicken 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through then remove from heat and allow the chicken to sit for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro, extra lime juice, and/or pineapple.

Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken- Sweet and Strong Blog

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11 Comments on Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

  1. Kelly
    August 19, 2016 at 10:52 am (7 years ago)

    Fig, prosciutto, goat cheese, arugula, and balsamic = best pizza ever.

    • sweetandstrong
      August 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm (7 years ago)

      I can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet! Wish you were here with us too to enjoy it!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm (7 years ago)

      Grilled chicken is definitely a favorite in our house and this is so flavorful!

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    August 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Jerk seasoning is where it’s at! I wish Dave loved it as much as I do. I might use this recipe and put it over shrimp instead, since this sounds amazing!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm (7 years ago)

      That’s such a great idea to try it with shrimp! I just love recipes with lots of seasoning. I’m all about the flavor!

  3. rachel @ athletic avocado
    August 19, 2016 at 3:51 pm (7 years ago)

    I LOVE jerk chicken but have never made it myself! I would totally love to try this grilled version, looks delicious!

    • sweetandstrong
      August 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Rachel, it’s easy to make once you have all the spices!

  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    August 22, 2016 at 5:36 am (7 years ago)

    Good luck getting back to it tomorrow! I love this recipe… jerk chicken has always been a favorite. Especially in the summer! It makes me think of vacation.

    • sweetandstrong
      August 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm (7 years ago)

      YES! Jerk chicken always makes me think of being on a beach somewhere warm. And thanks, I’ll need all the luck I can get getting used to waking up early again!

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