A Taste of the Caribbean: Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken

Jerk Chicken is a famous Jamaican dish that's delicious paired with rice and peas. Photo: from_my_point_of_view/GettyImages

Get into the spirit of the annual Toronto Caribbean Festival – back after a two-year pandemic pause. To bring the festivities home, heat up your next gathering with this Caribbean classic.


Jerk chicken is a spicy main dish that goes well with rice and peas, coleslaw, or seasonal vegetables. You can also whip up a quick tropical salsa as a condiment to carry on with the island theme.



  • 1 whole chicken cut in quarters (skin on)
  • 2 tbsp Walkers Wood Jerk Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 whole lemon or lime


  1. Wash the chicken in lemon or lime, then pat dry
  2. In a bowl, add the olive oil and jerk seasoning to the chicken. Mix well.
  3. Marinate overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 350F. Put chicken in oven for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and place on hot grill for another 20-30 minutes, skin side down.
  6. If necessary, base the chicken with the leftover marinade while on the grill.
  7. Remove from grill and serve.

A version of this story was published on July 9, 2019