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Jerk Chicken

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Recipe for the perfect Jerk Chicken

Just love Jerk chicken, so I made enough Jerk Chicken for supper as well. Enough for the whole family, so ingredients are not for my recipe for one. My allotted portion though is only 110gr of chicken


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Chicken pieces with chillies, with sugared oranges


Units Scale
  • 750g chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • Lime slices and spring onion for garnish


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk until combined.
Add chicken and toss to coat.
Transfer to the refrigerator and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to
Heat grill to high.
Grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
Serve with lime slices and spring onions.
I served with a salad made with Macadamia oil and balsamic vinegar salad dressing.


Prepared, tried, and tested Melanie Kramar

The cuisine had its origins with the Taino, who developed the jerk method and later taught it to African slaves, who in turn adapted it in creating jerk chicken. The word jerk reportedly stems from the Spanish charqui, meaning dried strips of meat similar to the modern-day jerky.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 321
  • Sugar: 1
  • Sodium: 668
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 4
  • Unsaturated Fat: 11
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 37
  • Cholesterol: 186

Keywords: chicken, keto, jerk chicken taste

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Who invented Jerk Chicken?

Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Some historians believe it was originally developed by Maroons, African slaves who escaped into the wilds of Jamaica when the British captured the island from Spain in 1655.

Is jerk chicken unhealthy?

Jerk chicken is one of the healthier options if consumed in a balanced diet that consists of fibrous and complex carbohydrates. The chicken itself is lean meat and is one of the healthiest options, especially if you opt for chicken breast.


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