This easy Jamaican jerk chicken recipe is spicy and loaded with flavor. It's a blast of the Caribbean, destined to become your favorite weeknight meal.
For the jerk marinade, add all of the marinade ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
Next, poke some wholes in your chicken with a knife to let the marinade permeate more deeply.
Set the chicken into a large bowl or into a sealable baggie. Pour the marinade over the chicken and rub it down. You can to completely cover the chicken with the marinade.
Cover and refrigerate. Marinate the chicken at least 2 hours, though you'll get more flavor penetration if you plan ahead and refrigerate overnight.
When you're ready to cook, heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. It should measure 165 degrees F internally. You can also grill your chicken over a hot charcoal grill for 12-20 minutes, until the internal temp is reached. Grilling is more traditional, but baking is easy.
Remove from heat and serve.
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. The scotch bonnet peppers will bring some heat, though it won't translate to a lot of heat in the marinade process. If you'd like more heat, use more scotch bonnet peppers, or save some of the marinade to heat as a finishing sauce.