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A plate of grilled chicken coated in jerk chicken marinade.

Jerk Chicken Marinade

This jerk chicken marinade is a combination of olive oil, lime juice, fresh herbs, hot peppers and plenty of spices, all blended together to produce tender and juicy chicken every time. A great way to turn ordinary chicken into a gourmet meal!
Course Main
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 132kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon garlic coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper stem removed, you can remove seeds and ribs for less heat
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Pulse or blend until a mostly smooth mixture forms.
  • Pour the marinade over 3 pounds of bone in chicken pieces.
  • Let the chicken sit in the marinade for at least one hour, or up to 12 hours.
  • Grill or bake as desired, then serve.



Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 737mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg