Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa (Plus a Giveaway!)

Delicious and healthy Jamaican Jerk Chicken with fresh pineapple salsa is sure to spice up your weeknight dinner!
IMG_2978tWhen I worked near the Financial District, I’d always go to a food truck called Veronica’s Kitchen to get my Jamaican jerk chicken fix.  Their food is phenomenal and I find myself ordering their jerk chicken platter with collard greens and plantains time and time again.  Anything spicy (and fast and easy!) is always good in my book and I was inspired to recreate this dish after watching Jamie Oliver make it on his 30-minute meal show.

IMG_2969The marinade could not be easier — just throw everything in the food processor or blender and let ‘em rip.  Jerk chicken is traditionally made with Scotch bonnet peppers, which I can never find around these parts, so I adapted my recipe from Saveur’s which calls for habanero peppers instead.

IMG_2962Jamaican Jerk Chicken is flavorful and fiery hot at the same time.  If you want less heat, you can use jalapeno or serrano.  Regardless of the heat level, this spice blend is not at all shy of the bold flavors!  It works on chicken breasts and thighs, and probably tastes great on pork and beef, too.  I made this refreshing pineapple salsa last week and I made it again to serve with this jerk chicken.  It was the perfect topping to take the heat off.

Today I’m excited to giveaway a Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler! It’s a countertop unit that works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle — you’ll be grilling like a pro with ease in the comfort of your home! To enter the giveaway, follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  Good luck!

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Serves: 3-4


¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup lime juice
2 tbsps brown sugar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsps ground allspice
4 cloves garlic
4 habanero chiles, seeded, roughly chopped
4 scallions, white and green parts, roughly chopped
1 shallot, roughly chopped
1 tsp ginger, freshly grated
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs total)

Combine oil, lime juice, sugar, vinegar, thyme, soy sauce, allspice, garlic, habanero chiles, scallions, shallots, ginger, and salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Place chicken in a large bowl, coat with the marinade, and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.

To cook the chicken, heat an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Place the marinated chicken on the grill and cook for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, turning the chicken once, until the chicken is cooked through.



  1. Stephanie P says:

    Love making burgers and more recently lamb kabobs!

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    I love to make hamburgers or chicken

  3. Danielle D says:


  4. I like to cook hamburgers on the grill.

  5. burgers and corn!

  6. We love ham slices

  7. fish and grilled cheese

  8. My favorite things to cook on the grill is ham w/pineapples. Yumo

  9. I want to win the Griddle!!

  10. Kelly D says:

    I like to cook veggies on the grill, especially zucchini.


  12. J Spatafora says:

    Fresh Gulf Grouper……….mmmmmm

  13. Mary Casper says:

    salmon is my favorite thing to grill

  14. Chicken and Corn on the Cobb!

  15. Mauro Sanchez says:

    You Jerk Chicken looks amazing! :)

  16. Hamburgers and steak

  17. tara darity says:

    have to say hamburgers and hot dogs

  18. Hot dogs are the easiest for me, I’ll be honest :p

  19. I love making fajitas.

  20. raquel perez says:

    I love grilling steaks and chicken

  21. I love cooking steak and burgers on the grill

  22. susanobryant says:

    Shrimp! It’s a little bit expensive, but it is a nice treat!

  23. alyce poalillo says:

    Can’t beat a good hamburger of the grill

  24. Carol Johnson says:

    I like steaks on the grill!

  25. Melissa says:

    I really like grilling pizzas!

  26. chris v says:

    I love to make cheesy grilled bread

  27. Kenneth Ostrer says:

    I like to cook a lot of stuff but stir fry, chicken, burgers, ribs, salads (sorry), pasta and pork dishes too! Stop making me hungry, you guys!

  28. burgers and hotdogs

  29. Tracy Pryor says:

    I love cooking hamburgers and steaks on the grill.

  30. Amy Pratt says:

    I love to cook ribeye steak.

  31. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I love making burgers and brats on the grill.

  32. deana c says:

    My favorite thing to cook on the grill is bbq ribs

  33. I like grilling salmon burgers and tuna steaks

  34. hamburgers is my favorite food to use the grill for

  35. I like to make beer can chicken! Eliminates the mess in oven

  36. christina moore says:

    I would make hamburgers

  37. April Brenay says:

    an amazing steak and potatoes dinner! sooo yummy!

  38. My favorite thing on the grill is corn on the cob!

  39. burgers

  40. I like to grill chicken

  41. Ann Fantom says:

    I like to cook salmon on the grill

  42. would be great to make jamacian jerk chicken on this griddle when i win it,,,,,,

  43. We have discovered the joys of grilled veggie paninis at our house!

  44. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to grill burgers.

  45. lkish77123 says:

    I like hamburgers. Linda Kish

  46. I like to cook hamburgers on the grill.

  47. Steaks!!

  48. harolde says:

    Chuck Eye Steaks!

  49. Hamburgers and hot dogs

  50. Danielle K says:

    burgers! :)

  51. Chicken!

  52. We cook lots of burgers and hotdogs on the grill.

  53. Brigitte says:

    I own a BBQ but rarely use it but I do enjoy burgers done on the grill when it’s too hot to cook in the kitchen.

  54. Leslie Smith says:

    Love grilling steaks and chicken and veggies

  55. Natalie says:

    My favorite item to make on the grill is veggie burgers! Yum!

  56. Lisa Breece says:

    My favorite thing to grill is porterhouse steak.

  57. Kim Kihega says:

    I like to cook hot dogs and hamburgers!

  58. My favorite thing to cook on the grill is definitely chicken! :)

  59. Harmony B says:

    Love chicken on the grill

  60. I love ribs fresh off the grill!

  61. Burgers are my favorite, and also wings.

  62. Since we are heading into the season, all I can think about is grilled peaches (with ice cream, of course)!

  63. I love grilled fish – so fresh and tasty !

  64. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    i love grilling chicken

  65. Bobbie Smith says:

    I love making hamburgers on the grill. There is nothing more satisfying then smelling a grilled hamburger cooking, and oh when you finally get to bite down into it…MMMM, I’m hungry now

  66. alison gibb says:

    I love making steak tips and corn on the cob on the grill!

  67. Rebecca Graham says:


  68. Salmon and chicken

  69. Boo Oliver says:

    My favorite thing to cook on a grill is chicken.

  70. danielle Marie says:

    i love cooking corn or swordfish. yum.


  71. Jan Hammersmith` says:

    I like to cook ribs and burgers

  72. I love grilled chicken.

  73. I love to grill the perfect pizza!

  74. Scott Martin says:

    I like to cook blue cheeseburgers on the grill.

  75. I love making grilled turkey burgers and asparagus

  76. Burgers are my favorite thing to grill! I love hot dogs too. Can’t beat the classics!

  77. Kyl Neusch says:

    love burgers

  78. Burgers.

  79. BBQ chicken!

  80. chicken is awesome!

  81. I love cooking burgers!

  82. Tara-Lynn King says:

    Hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage

  83. elizabeth p says:

    Maple bourbon pork chops

  84. I love hamburgers. And shrimp. And ribs. And…

  85. melanie Borhi says:

    Chicken breast or sausages

  86. melanie Borhi says:

    Sausages or chicken

  87. Corns and burgers.

  88. Love to grill steak with home-made barbecue sauce.

  89. Shellie Clark says:

    My favorite things to cook on the grill is burgers

  90. I love to grill burgers and salmon.

  91. marian boll says:

    I love to make burgers and brauts for my family

  92. We love grilling chicken, corn, steaks pretty much everything!

  93. wilson king says:


  94. julie murphy says:

    I like hamburgers

  95. Lisa V. says:

    My favorite this to grill is steak.

  96. grilled fish and chicken

  97. My favorite grilled items are hamburgers and bratwursts!

  98. hamburgers!

  99. Tara Huff says:

    I love to make grilled chicken!

  100. Susan Christy says:

    Spicy chicken wings are my favorite

  101. Tracy Jones says:

    My favorites are burgers and grilled vegetables.

  102. marcusbarnes says:

    Veggies. Thank you!

  103. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! This recipe sounds delicious! My favorite thing to cook on the grill is steak. Medium rare – so yummy!! Thank-you for the chance in this giveaway!

  104. Katie Fenters says:

    I love to grill hamburgers!!!

  105. Burgers and fish

  106. Robert Shank says:

    Anything sea food!!!!!!!!!

  107. I love burgers on the grill.

  108. grilled chicken is the best

  109. barbara Adams says:

    If I could make paninis at home the budget would be healthy..it’s the stringy cheese/crunchy crust combo…yum

  110. Deborah Martin says:

    enjoy grilling fresh fish and shrimp

  111. I love grilling hamburgers

  112. chicken and steaks

  113. kabobs

  114. S. Jackson says:

    My favorite to cook is stuffed burgers!

  115. Tom Bellamy says:


  116. Tom Bellamy says:


  117. Steak

  118. nikki robak says:


  119. Definitely Hamburgers on the barbecue.

  120. Erin Madigan says:

    My favorite thing to cook on the grill is hamburgers! Yum!

  121. Grilled cheese actually :) or any kind of panini sandwich

  122. burgers

  123. jeremy mclaughlin says:


  124. Christine Holliday says:

    Steak, any meats, corn, and mushrooms. I would cook anything and everything I cook on the grill if I could!


  126. Diana Corlett says:

    Love nice juicy burgers on the grill!

  127. Carolsue says:

    My favorite thing is hamburgers and sausages!

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  129. Karin Dollery says:

    I love making Steak on the grill

  130. hamburgers

  131. We like to grill chicken

  132. Chavonne H says:

    I love grilling hamburgers best! Tastes so delicious!

  133. I love cooking steaks on the grill

  134. steak and veggies

  135. I’m a pretty big fan of plain grilled chicken. Which is lame, I know. :)

  136. Heather Voorhees says:

    I love to cook turkey burgers.

  137. amy rouse says:

    summer bbq items, burgers and dogs, veggies

  138. PAT DOBBIN says:


  139. Janice Cooper says:

    Turkey burgers and ribs

  140. My favorite thing to cook on the grill are baby back ribs.

  141. Connie Tucker says:


  142. brandy c says:

    Bean burgers or vegetable kabobs are my favorite things to cook on the grill.

  143. Ruth Anderson says:

    I love to cook hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill .

  144. Debra Hall says:

    hidden valley ranch potato’s

  145. Chicken! It can be rubbed, marinated or basted and is always yummy :)

  146. I love to make Chicken breasts and fresh veggies!

  147. Jill Myrick says:

    We love cooking pork chops and chicken breast on the grill.


  148. Surso S. says:


  149. Burgers and grilled chicken

  150. Lynne B says:

    Sunday morning breakfast on the grill is perfect!

  151. I like to cook boneless chicken breast.

  152. Erica C. says:

    I love grilling chicken.

  153. Just made the jerk chicken! Definitely saving this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  154. Daniel M says:

    my fav on the grill is burgers

  155. Diane Baum says:

    I love making corn on the cob and chicken

  156. I love cooking steak on the grill :)

  157. I love to grill asparagus with beef!

  158. Breanne says:

    I like to cook steak.

  159. I was going to say burgers are my fave thing to grill, but that Jamaican Jerk Chicken looks like it could be my new fave thing to grill :D

  160. burgers!

  161. Marcus Walls says:

    smoked sausage,hot dogs and burgers.

  162. My favorite is Steak Panini on the grill.

  163. Joanna Rzepinska says:

    We grill everything! steaks, veggies, fruits and cheese. Also lately we made pizza this way. Delicious. I recommend also garlic (full bulbs) and paprika stuffed with bryndza cheese (polish traditional kind, salty and with character, like cottage cheese but littlebit creamy)

  164. Jennifer Reed says:

    My favorite thing to cook on the grill is panini sandwiches.

  165. domestic diva says:

    I like to make burgers

  166. Cathy Burnett says:

    I love cooking burgers on the grill but chicken and fish work for me too!

  167. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I love making steak on the grill\

  168. I like to cook steaks

  169. Melinda says:


  170. Karen Drake says:

    I love to cook burgers on the grill.

  171. Karen Gonyea says:

    Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos :)

  172. Emily Morelli says:

    My favorite thing to cook on the grill is probably chicken but I love grilled shrimp and vegetables too.

  173. Pineapple slices!

  174. Ellie W says:

    Fajitas are my favorites on the grill.

  175. I like hamburgers on the grill

  176. We love to cook Hamburgers on the grill.

  177. We’d love this to grill shrimp, steak

  178. Katherine Newton says:

    I really like making veggie burgers! Thanks for the opportunity to win

  179. Holly C. says:

    I love to grill veggies and shrimp!

  180. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    I like to grill Chicken

  181. natalie yeoman says:

    my favorite thing to cook is hamburgers

  182. Mary Cloud says:

    I love cooking Hamburgers on the grill
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  183. Melanie S says:

    I love to cook sea bass on the grill…and you can’t go wrong with a hamburger

  184. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    we like chicken kabobs with pineapple

  185. Rebecca Lock says:

    burgers and potatoes

  186. laura588 says:

    I like grilling chicken, especially when I marinate it with my own sweet and sour sauce I make.
    Laurie Emerson

  187. I am basically a hamburger and hotdog griller…but I love grilled chicken!

  188. I love ribeyes on the grill and asparagus.

  189. I love making ribs on the grill.

  190. Mihaela Day says:

    I like to cook hamburgers on the grill :)

  191. Brigitte says:

    You just can’t top burgers grilled on the barbecue.


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