Easy Jerk Chicken
Jerk paste is a combination of ground chiles, herbs, and spices. We wanted a recipe for spicy jerk chicken to mimic the island favorite, without hard-to-find ingredients.
Why This Recipe Works
Our Easy Jerk Chicken recipe features the keynote flavors of jerk seasoning—ground allspice, thyme, and habanero (or Scotch bonnet) chiles. We used a food processor to quickly blend the ingredients into a smooth paste. We rubbed the paste thoroughly over and under the skin of the chicken parts and let chicken sit for at least two hours to allow the seasoning to penetrate the meat. Cooking the chicken over a two-level fire gave us a well-browned exterior and a juicy interior.