This BBQ chicken recipe will bring the flavors of Jamaica to your back yard! The traditional jerk chicken marinade will do the trick, and it will also keep your chicken breasts moist as they cook. Serve the grilled chicken with rice and peas (kidney beans cooked with coconut milk and peppers), and you’ll have a complete island-style meal.
Jerk BBQ Chicken Recipe
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch ground cloves
Directions: Remove and discard any skin or cartilage from chicken breasts. Rinse breasts and pat dry. With a meat mallet, pound chicken so that breasts are of uniform thickness all over, about ½ inch. Place chicken in a large plastic food bag.
Add remaining ingredients to blender and liquefy. Pour marinade over chicken and close bag. Place bag in a bowl or dish and refrigerate overnight. Move chicken breasts around a few times in the bag while they’re marinating.
Remove chicken from marinade and grill breasts on medium-high grill for about 5-6 minutes per side.