Delicious and Easy Weeknight Jerk Chicken

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Deep, earthy flavors in this winning mid-week jerk chicken recipe. I love this spicy mix on drumsticks, but you can use any chicken cut you want: wings will be a treat, although they may require less time in the oven; and if you are on a calorie-restricted diet, this spice-mix will be great on skinless chicken breasts. If you are cooking for the kids, adjust the amount of red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper accordingly.

Jerk Chicken Recipe | Real Food RN
Yield: Serves 4

Delicious and Easy Weeknight Jerk Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Deep, earthy flavors in this winning mid-week jerk chicken recipe.


  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil -- we love this olive oil
  • 8 free-range chicken pieces
  • 2-3 salad onions, sliced to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all the spices, including the salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Jerk Chicken Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Scatter the spice mix over the chicken pieces, using clean hands to massage the flavors into the meat.

Jerk Chicken Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Spread the chicken out in a large roasting tray, skin-side up and drizzle the olive oil over the chicken. Place in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the juices of the chicken run clear when pierced.

Jerk Chicken Recipe | Real Food RN

  • Garnish jerk chicken with sliced salad onions and serve with your favorite salad.

Jerk Chicken Recipe | Real Food RN


Important: Be mindful when working with raw chicken. Use dedicated chopping boards and wash your hands and all utensils very well afterward. The chicken should be done after 30-35 minutes in the oven at 350°F, but a good way to check is to pierce a piece and watch the juices that run – they should be clear. If you are still in doubt, simply cut into a piece closest to the bone and have a quick peek – there should be no pink.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4.6gSodium: 0.7mgCarbohydrates: 4.7gFiber: 0.9gSugar: 1.8gProtein: 40g

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