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Grilled spatchcock jerk chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
This jerk chicken is grilled to perfection spatchcock style. It's spicy and delicious for a summer barbecue or for any time of the year.
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaica, Jamaican
Keyword: Jerk chicken
Servings: 8 chicken quarters
  • 2 chickens 3.2 lb or 1.45 kg each
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper or less if you prefer it less spicy
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Remove the chicken spines using a sharp knife or kitchen shears.
  2. Place the chickens on a flat surface opened up, cut side down and press to flatten both chickens.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients.
  4. Place a flattened chicken on a large baking sheet.
  5. Use half the jerk spice mix to slather one of the chickens completely on all sides. Set aside.
  6. Repeat the last step with the second chicken and remaining jerk spice.
  7. Place both chickens in a container, cover and place the container in the fridge for at least 4 hours or over night.
  8. Turn on the grill and heat it to between 400 ºF and 425 ºF.
  9. Once the grill is hot, lower 1 to 2 of the burners to a low temperature. Leave the other on high.
  10. Place the chickens, skin side up on the grates over the low burners.
  11. Close the lid and cook for about 30 minutes. Check periodically for flair-ups.
  12. After 30 minutes, turn the chickens over onto the skin side.
  13. Cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until you read 165 ºF using a meat thermometer.
  14. Place the chickens on a large dish and cover with foil for 10 to 15 minutes.
  15. Cut the chickens into quarters and serve with your favourite side dishes.