How to Make Jerk Chicken on Stove Top

Jerk chicken is one of the most flavorful chicken dishes you will ever taste. But have you ever wondered how to make jerk chicken on stove top? This is a dish that is most often thrown over the fire of a hot grill, but it can certainly be made on the stove top as well. We’re going to attempt to buck the trend with this one and get you cooking your jerk chicken so you don’t have to rely on Mother Nature’s cooperation for you to have to cook it outdoors.

how to make jerk chicken on stove top

What is jerk chicken?

Some of you may not know what jerk chicken is, and if you fall into this category, first of all…I am sorry you have not been privy to this explosion of flavor yet. And secondly, I’d like to welcome you to the wonderful world of jerk chicken. You will be oh-so-glad you came!

So jerk chicken is a savory chicken dish, marinated in a mixture of Jamaican spices. It is brought over to the US by Jamaicans who emigrated here but has since taken on its own life. It is now extremely popular all across America.

Combining flavors like cinnamon, thyme, ginger, cloves, allspice, and fiery Scotch Bonnet chili peppers with chicken creates an explosion of flavor. While the exact mixture is up to each chef who prepares it (which can result in slightly different flavors), there are some constants that remain. You will need at least cumin and coriander, turmeric, ginger, cloves, allspice, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper. The other spices are up for grabs–but be careful not to overpower the flavor of the chicken itself or you will lose the whole point!

Homemade Jerk Marinade

The key to a good jerk chicken is in the jerk marinade itself. There are so many flavors that you might think it’s going to be too much, but with their powers combines, these flavors bring out a taste that will have you coming back for more and more.

This is one of the most straightforward recipes for jerk marinade that you are ever going to find. This recipe is great because it concentrates on flavor, rather than adding a bunch of unnecessary additives to make it look pretty.

  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 1 teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper- chopped (keep the seeds in if you want more heat)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • zest and juice from one lime
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum


Mix everything in a blender or food processor until smooth. Place marinade and chicken together in a sealable plastic bag or container with lid, and let sit overnight.

How to cook jerk chicken on stove top

The thing to remember here is that we are actually going to do most of the cooking in the oven and we are going to use the stove top for the final push and to get some crispy skin on our jerk chicken. Here’s what you want to do:

Place marinated chicken in an ovenproof dish. Cook in preheated oven at 400°F for about an hour.

Take out from the oven and cook on a stovetop grill or frying pan until chicken is done (about 15-25 minutes). Serve with coleslaw, cornbread, fried plantains, rice and beans.

Jerk chicken is a dish that has been cooked for centuries and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. With its rich flavor, this recipe has shown the right way how to make jerk chicken on stove top. You could still grill your jerk chicken outdoors as well. Whichever way you decide to prepare it, get ready to create an explosion of flavors with your family and friends. You’ll want to make sure you have all the ingredients ready before starting because once marinated, jerk chicken takes some time to cook. The end result will be worth every second though as long as you let it rest correctly after cooking too!



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