Shortcut Jamaican jerk chicken marinade that uses simple spices and pantry ingredients and doesn’t require your food processor. Deliciously full of Jamaican spices, and easy to customize the spiciness to your taste. Plus instructions on how to freeze your chicken in the marinade for maximum flavor.
Tropical flavors coming at you! Perfect to kick yourself out of a winter funk, and jazz up your dinner routine, this Jamaican jerk chicken marinade also happens to be oh so easy.
First up, I will be the first to admit that this is not an authentic Jamaican jerk chicken marinade recipe. If you want authentic, check out this recipe from Immaculate Bites!
But if you want EASY? Then this is your recipe. No handling hot peppers. No food processor required. Simple spices that are likely already in your pantry and can be thrown together in under 5 minutes.
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What is Jamaican jerk?
It refers to a style of cooking which involves dry or wet marinade on meat. Typically Jamaican jerk includes allspice and scotch bonnet peppers, and involves grilling the meat.
In this shortcut Jamaican jerk marinade, I’ve used cayenne for heat, which means we don’t need to handle hot peppers or dig out the food processor.
In addition, I’ve included cinnamon, thyme leaves, garlic powder and some brown sugar to round it all out and bring some sweetness.
If this jerk chicken marinade looks familiar, it’s because you probably saw it over on this post with 7 Chicken Marinade Recipes You Can Freeze. I have also used the spice blend in this Jamaican Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner.
Tips for delicious Jamaican jerk chicken marinade:
- try freezing your chicken directly in the marinade for up to 3 months for an easy weeknight dinner option
- use it on different cuts of chicken, pork or even shrimp
- check out this Jamaican jerk seasoning for a dry version of this marinade.
- looking for more chicken marinades? Check out this round-up with 7 More Freezer Friendly Chicken Breast Marinades
Shortcut Jamaican jerk chicken marinade
- For one chicken breast serves 2
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Combine all ingredients in a heavy duty freezer bag. Add chicken breasts and turn to coat in marinade.
- Marinate the chicken in the fridge for 2-24 hours.
- If freezing, place in the freezer immediately. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or by immersing the bag in a bowl of cold water for a couple of hours.
- Heat oven to 425°F. Bake chicken in a shallow baking dish for 10 minutes, flip over, then bake for another 10-20 minutes.
- For 5-7 oz chicken breasts, bake for 20 minutes total. For 10 oz and larger chicken breasts, bake for at least 25 minutes.
- Allow chicken to rest at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before slicing.