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Kid Friendly Jamaican Jerk Chicken Recipe

This kid-friendly version of the classic Jamaican dish keeps all the flavours of jerk chicken without the heat.

Kid Friendly Jamaican Jerk Chicken RecipeIngredients

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 lbs skin-on bone-in chicken pieces
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Combine yellow onion, green onion, lime juice, vegetable oil, vinegar, garlic, thyme, sugar, ginger, pepper, allspice and cinnamon in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Place chicken in a sealable bag, add marinade and squish until chicken is well coated. Let marinate 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat barbecue to medium-high. Transfer chicken to a tray and season with salt. Discard excess marinade. Add chicken to the grill, turn heat down to medium-low (about 350F) and cook, turning frequently, for 30 to 40 min or until skin is caramelized and chicken is cooked through.

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