Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks

4 servings


1 hour 5 minutes

total time


8 (about 2.5lb / 1.2kg) chicken drumsticks (Note 1)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 lime (or 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 tbsp)

1 onion (, coarsely chopped, brown, yellow or white)

1 tbsp fresh ginger (, chopped, or 1 tsp dried ginger powder)

1 or more scotch bonnet pepper or substitute with other chili (Note 2)

6 garlic cloves (, roughly chopped)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp black pepper

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tbsp allspice powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder (preferably freshly grated)

1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 sprig of fresh thyme

Fresh cilantro/coriander leaves


Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel and place in a large ziplock bag.

Place Marinade ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Try not to touch the Marinade with bare hands to avoid getting chili on your hands.

Pour the Marinade into the ziplock bag. Close the bag, squeezing out excess air. Massage the bag from the outside to disperse the Marinade throughout the chicken. Marinate for at least 4 hours, or up to 24 hours.

When ready to cook, remove the chicken from the Marinade but reserve the Marinade.


Preheat the oven to 180C/350 (fan forced).

Place a wire rack on a baking tray lined with foil. Place the drumsticks on the rack and baste the top with half the Marinade. Bake for 25 minutes.

Turn the drumsticks and baste the top with the remaining Marinade. Bake for a further 20 to 25 minutes, until the drumsticks are very dark brown.

Rest for 5 minutes before serving, garnished with coriander/cilantro if using.


Preheat the grill side of the BBQ on medium (or medium low if your BBQ is strong). Brush the grill with oil, if required.

Place the chicken on the grill. Brush the top with 1/2 the Marinade. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn.

Brush the top with the remaining Marinade and cook for a further 5 to 8 minutes.

Then turn the chicken again (to cook the side that you just brushed Marinade on) and cook for a few minutes. (Total cook time around 20 minutes in total)

Remove from the BBQ and rest for 5 minutes before serving, garnished with coriander/cilantro if using.


2024-06-28: Käytin koipireisiä (aika vaikea syötävä). Chileinä kaksi kaupan pientä tulista chiliä josta tuli ehkä joillekin liiankin tulinen. Ei mikään merkillinen lopputulos eikä savustuneen oloinen ja kuiva niinkuin jotkut katuruokajerkit.


Serving Size

148 g


268 kcal

Total Fat

12.4 g

Saturated Fat

2.4 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



81 mg


1466 mg

Total Carbohydrate

12.6 g

Dietary Fiber

1.2 g

Total Sugars

7.9 g


26.4 g

4 servings


1 hour 5 minutes

total time
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