Photo of Jamaican Jerk Chicken by WW

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Total Time
12 hr 20 min
20 min
4 hr
In Jamaica, jerk means barbecue, and jerk chicken is often grilled. However you cook it, you should always balance a mix of sweet, hot, herbal, and spicy flavors. Cool things off by serving this with big chunks of fresh pineapple tossed with halved strawberries and sliced star fruit.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Jamaican jerk seasoning

1½ Tbsp, or to taste

Uncooked onion(s)

1 small, cut into chunks

Uncooked scallion(s)

6 medium, cut into pieces

Uncooked scallion(s)

¼ cup(s), sliced for garnish

Green hot chile pepper(s)

1 item(s), or red, habanero variety, halved and seeded


3 large clove(s)

Ginger root

2 Tbsp, chopped peeled fresh

Fresh lime(s)

1 item(s), juiced

Olive oil

1½ Tbsp

Soy sauce

1½ Tbsp


1½ Tbsp

Ground allspice


Uncooked bone in skinless chicken thigh(s)

6 thigh(s), (5 ounces each)

Fresh lime(s)

1 item(s), cut into 6 wedges


  1. Combine onion, scallion lengths, habanero, garlic, ginger, lime juice, oil, soy sauce, molasses, jerk seasoning, and allspice in blender; process until mixture forms a paste. Transfer 1/4 cup of paste to cup; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Combine chicken and remaining seasoning paste in large zip-close plastic bag. Squeeze out air and seal bag; massage paste onto chicken. Refrigerate 8 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Transfer chicken and seasoning paste to 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 4–5 hours on Low.
  4. Preheat broiler. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  5. With tongs, transfer chicken to prepared baking sheet. Brush top of chicken with reserved 1/4 cup seasoning paste. Spray chicken with nonstick spray. Broil until golden in spots, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced scallion and serve with lime wedges.
  6. Per serving: 1 thigh