by Anne Brock, RDN, LD, CDE

This recipe of the month brings a sweet and spicy taste to your summer. Jerk seasoning is easy to piece together on your own with common spices found in a household pantry, or buy a premixed blend at the grocery store. A premixed blend can help save some time as well as prevent you from buying a bunch of individual ingredients. If buying an uncommon to you ingredient I recommend buying in the bulk section of the grocery store so you are able to purchase only what you need for the recipe. Pair this delicious chicken with some grilled vegetables and coconut rice.

Ingredients and Preparation

Ingredients Measures
Cinnamon, ground 1/2 teaspoon
Allspice, ground 1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Black pepper, ground 1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Hot pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon
Hot pepper, crushed, dried 1 teaspoon
Oregano, crushed 2 teaspoons
Thyme, crushed 2 teaspoons
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic, finely chopped 6 cloves
Onion, puréed or finely chopped 1 cup
Vinegar 1/4 cup
Brown sugar 3 tablespoons
Chicken, skinless (4 breasts, 4 drumsticks) 8 pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chicken in large bowl. Rub seasoning over chicken.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 or more hours.
  4. Evenly space chicken on nonstick or lightly greased baking pan.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 30-40 minutes or until the meat can be easily pulled away from the bone with a fork. The drumsticks may require less cooking time than the breasts.