Home Made Jerk Chicken


Home Made Jerk Chicken


1 Tegel whole chicken - butterfly by making a cut down the back bone and flattening
1 medium onion, chopped
2 spring onions
12 whole allspice (pimento)
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp fresh thyme
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 small scotch bonnet peppers (or other hot peppers/chillies)
Juice from 2 limes
2 tbsp cooking oil
Water if you need to thin sauce

1/4 cup left-over marinade (as above)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce

Recipe by: Nici Wickes
Publication: World Kitchen (Jul 2010)
Recipe ID: 100114


This is a fun way to cook a whole chook - succulent, zingy and smoky!



Make the jerk marinade by putting all ingredients in a blender or mortar & pestle and blending until smooth.  Set aside 1/4 cup for sauce.

Slash chicken thighs and legs to help with cooking and then smother the chicken with the marinade and leave for as long as you can.

Place in a roasting dish and cover with foil, cook for 40 minutes at 200C.  Remove foil and cook for a further 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is well browned and fully cooked.

JERK SAUCE: Put remaining marinade in a saucepan with tomato and soy sauce; bring to the boil for 5-7 minutes, until onion is cooked through and the sauce thickened.  Chop chicken roughly and serve with jerk sauce and rice and peas.


Take a roasting dish and in one corner build a small pile of twigs - I use small branches of bay tree, rosemary and sage stalks.  Balance a wire rack over the top and place your butterflied, marinated chicken on this.  Cover and seal tightly with foil, remembering what corner your twig pile is!  Now place the corner (with the twigs on it) of the tray on the stove top over an element/burner turned to a medium heat.  Be patient and leave until you can hear the crackling of your smouldering branches.  Once this has died down put whole tray into a hot (200C oven and leave to cook for a further 30 minutes.

Remove the foil carefully (to prevent a steam burn!) and continue cooking until the chicken is well browned and cooked through - another 15-20 minutes.


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