Nutritional Benefits of Authentic Jerk Chicken

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Nutritional Benefits of Authentic Jerk Chicken.

Jerk cooking style is innate to Jamaica, in which white or red meat is wet marinated or dry-rubbed with a mixture of hot spice. The meat can be pork or chicken, and the basic ingredients of spicy marinade jerk sauce are bonnet scotch pepper and allspice. Jerk chicken is famous in West Indian and Caribbean communities through Western Europe and North America.

Is Jerk food healthy?

Eating jerk style Jamaican food can be healthy than barbecued or grilled meat. People believe that grilled meat over high flame may increase the threat of cancer. To avoid these risks, you have to be careful while preparing food. Jerk chicken can decrease the deadly risks. As per experts, it is healthy to marinate meat for almost 30 minutes before cooking.

Jerk chicken or other food items are right for your health. To increase the nutrients of chicken, it is advised to keep the meat away from the source of heat while marinating it. Typically, three hours of slow grilling is sufficient to cook healthy food.

Nutritional Benefits of Jerked Meat

Preparing meat or jerking with a mixture of spices and smoke is a conventional Jamaican food. Pork is a traditional choice, but you can jerk even fish and chicken. Jerked meat particularly lean chicken is an excellent choice for health-conscious people. This recipe allows you to add flavor in your meat without calories. A famous brand of jerked meat (chicken) has 2 grams of fat and 180 calories.

Spicy food can boost your longevity. This food can decrease your risk of dying from cancer. If you want to make delicious jerk chicken at home, see this authentic recipe put together below by Dawn Blount, an expert chef at Coventry best Caribbean Restaurant.


Jerk Chicken Recipe

Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


For Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1-tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 piece peeled & minced fresh ginger
  • 4 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Black pepper, freshly ground

For Chicken

  • Lime slices, to serve
  • 1 ½ lbs chicken thighs and drumsticks, bone-in
  • Chopped green onions, for garnishing


  1. Prepare marinade in one bowl: combine soy sauce, lime juice, olive oil, minced garlic cloves, minced ginger, green onions, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Add chicken in the marinade and toss well to coat. Transfer coated chicken in the fridge and marinade for almost 30 to 60 minutes or overnight.
  3. Heat your grill to nearly high. Grill marinated chicken until cooked and charred through, 20 – 25 minutes.
  4. Serve jerk chicken with green onions and lime slices.


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