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Oven Baked Jerk Chicken

Crispy, Moist, Flavorful chicken smothered in spicy jerk sauce easy to make and a taste bud explosion! A Caribbean vacation right out of your oven.
Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword jerk chicken, oven baked
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 8 slices
Calories 319kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • I lime or lemon
  • 8 chicken legs or 2 ½ - 3-pound chicken cut up
  • 2 teaspoons creole seasoning replace with salt and pepper or chicken spice
  • 1 or more Scotch Bonnet Pepper Habaneros
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ tablespoon allspice coarsely ground
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 medium onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 medium scallions chopped
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pineapple Juice or water
  • 1- tablespoon bouillon powder optional
  • Salt and pepper to season


  • Trim chicken of excess fat and pat dry with a cloth or paper napkin. Rub with lemon, and 2 teaspoons creole spice or season with salt and pepper
  • Heat oil in a skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Then add scotch bonnet pepper, garlic sauté until it turns brown about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add nutmeg, brown sugar, all spice, cinnamon and continue stirring until the sugar melts and the mixture starts to clump together.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool
  • Place the mixture in a food processor or blender, then add, thyme, white pepper, ginger,green onions, soy sauce, Maggi/bouillon, onion and pineapple juice . Pulse for about 30 seconds until blended
  • Drench the chicken with jerk marinate, place in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Try not to touch the jerk blend with your hands because it extremely spicy hot- If possible use gloves.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425°. Remove chicken from the jerk marinade and remove excess marinate. Reserve the marinade
  • Line a baking pan with foil; top with a wire rack. Arrange chicken legs out in a single layer. While the chicken legs are baking oil will slowly drip to the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Bake chicken legs until cooked through and skin is crispy, about 45-50 minutes-rotate chicken half way through-roughly 20 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan simmer the remaining jerk marinade and the one from the chicken for about 7 minutes. Serve with chicken or mix with chicken serve with beans and rice featured here


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.3mg