smoked jerk chicken recipe

Smoked Jerk Chicken

Coated in spices and slow smoked, chicken jerk is full of flavour with a hint of thyme, nutmeg and cinnamon. You can choose to have it hot or mild, depending on your personal taste.


Chicken breast

Jerk Marinade:

½ onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme

2 tsp salt

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp Jamaican allspice

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon

2 chili peppers of your choice, finely ground (I used Scotch bonnet)

½ tsp pepper

2 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp vegetable oil

½ tbsp apple cider vinegar


Combine all ingredients for marinade in a food processor and blend until smooth

Reserve a few tablespoons of marinade and pour the remainder over chicken breast and marinate overnight (or at least for 4 hours)

Preheat smoker to 250°F with hickory bisquettes

Place chicken in smoker and, after an hour, brush marinade over chicken

Smoke chicken breasts until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F

Remove from smoker and brush with any remaining marinade