Grilled Jamaican Jerk Chicken


For the Jamaican Jerk Chicken:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup Jamaican jerk seasoning (store-bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Black Beans:

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • In a bowl, mix the Jamaican jerk seasoning, olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, and pepper to create a marinade.
  • Coat the chicken breasts or thighs with the marinade, ensuring they are well covered.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or ideally, overnight for maximum flavor.
  1. Preheat the Grill:
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and oil the grates to prevent sticking.
  1. Grill the Chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off.
  • Grill the chicken over medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes per side or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and has nice grill marks.
  • While grilling, you can baste the chicken with any remaining marinade for extra flavor.
  1. Prepare the Black Beans:
  • While the chicken is grilling, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, ground cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Cook for an additional 2 minutes until the spices become fragrant.
  • Add the drained and rinsed black beans to the skillet.
  • Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes, allowing the beans to heat through and absorb the flavors.
  1. Serve:
  • Once the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char, remove it from the grill.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing it into strips or serving whole.
  • Serve the grilled Jamaican jerk chicken alongside the seasoned black beans.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness (optional).

Enjoy this flavorful and spicy Jamaican jerk chicken with a side of seasoned black beans. It’s a perfect combination of smoky, spicy, and savory flavors that will satisfy your taste buds.


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