The Best Jamaican Jerk Chicken

jamaican jerk chicken
A whole chicken is cut into quarters before being coated in the lively jerk marinade and grilled or roasted.Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

The key to jerk chicken that tastes like it does in Jamaica is to use pimento wood on the grill and make sure your meat gets those dark, crusty edges. This recipe adapted from Jamaican cookbook authors Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau includes a grill method and a simpler oven method. Since you won’t be getting any smoke indoors, toast the whole spices in a dry, heavy skillet until fragrant before adding them to the marinade to give it more depth.


For the Grill:

For the Oven: